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Quaker thought in poetry

FREE 30 September 2009 | by Gerard Benson

I’m a Quaker and I’m a poet. Both of these aspects of who I am are full-time. They’re not always compatible. There are things I write that I wouldn’t submit to a Quaker publication. There are facets of my Quakerism that don’t go into my...

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Quaker thought in literature

FREE 30 September 2009 | by Marina Lewycka

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Meetings

FREE 30 September 2009 | by Harvey Gillman

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Talk and tango

23 September 2009 | by Fiona Foulkes

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Talk Together, a new initiative, met for its inaugural conference this August in Oxford. Aimed at teaching students conflict resolution skills and providing a forum for students from either side of a conflict to come together, I was lucky enough to attend as a ‘neutral’ student. As a group of...

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Three special places

23 September 2009 | by R N Clarke

Cannock Chase’s German War Cemetery. | R N Clarke

Not so far from my home in Stafford are three special places. Special because they give genuine worth and dignity to the lives of particular individuals, and in so doing give meaning to all our lives. Cannock Chase’s German War Cemetery, Commonwealth Cemetery and Katyn Memorial are all to...

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Yes to the troops, no to the wars

18 September 2009 | by Larry Ingle

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Yes to the troops, No to the wars: Quaker House, 40 Years of front-line peace witness by Chris McCallum. Fayetteville, NC: Quaker House. ISBN: 0-945177-51-8. $15.95.  Quakers have an interesting history: mostly middle to upper middle class, they have recently had relatively little contact with the working class world...

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From sea to the Oval Office

18 September 2009 | by Libby Perkins

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HMS Resolute and how she prevented a war: from the Canadian Arctic to the President’s desk by Elizabeth Matthews. Auxilium ab Alto Press. ISBN 978 0 155203 96 3. £9.99.  Did you wonder why Barack Obama was taking his place in the Oval Office behind the ‘Resolute desk’? This novel of historical fiction provides...

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A personal portrait of India

18 September 2009 | by Jennifer Kavanagh

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Ashram Diary by Thomas Matus. O Books. ISBN: 978 1846941 61 0. £11.99.  Diaries and journals have a particular attraction. Informality, intimacy, and immediate impressions open up the writer’s mind and heart to the page.  These diaries cover the years from 1984 to 2004, years during which Matus, a Benedictine monk from the New...

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Jonah on display

11 September 2009 | by David Blamires

When I was invited to give the Bible half hours at New England Yearly Meeting in the summer of 1967, I chose to give my first talk on the Book of Jonah. Apart from the Psalms, Jonah is my favourite part of the Hebrew Bible. Pretty well everybody knows about Jonah...

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Leviathan

11 September 2009 | by Jenny Webb

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