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‘What do Quakers believe?’ by Geoffrey Durham

FREE 28 March 2019 | by Stephen Cox

Close-up of the 'What do Quakers believe?' cover. | Courtesy of Christian Alternative Books.

We British Quakers make things difficult for ourselves when communicating our faith. The reasons why have been obvious from my first days attending. We celebrate not having a creed, but this complicates any quick, coherent attempt to explain our ways; we view all statements of Quaker belief with fault-finding suspicion....

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‘Strangers’ by The Young’uns

28 March 2019 | by Steve Whiting

Close-up of the album cover. | Courtesy of The Young'uns.

I love our Quaker phrase ‘that of God’. It’s small and beautiful, and knows its limits. It gestures towards something beyond words. We use it as currency for the inexpressible yet collectively understood. We often think of it in terms of seeing it in another individual, but what does ...

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‘Our Child of the Stars’ by Stephen Cox

28 March 2019 | by Rhiannon Grant

Close-up of the cover of 'Our Child of the Stars'. | Courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books.

What do you do when you have to choose between an alien child and your government? Molly and Gene, the married couple at the heart of this warm and engaging novel, are already suspicious of their government – they’re pacifists in the US during the draft and the cold war –...

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‘Corporate Citizenship: The role of companies as citizens of the modern world’ by David Logan

21 March 2019 | by Daniel Clarke Flynn

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This is a robust personal memoir that was born from a lecture that its Quaker author, David Logan, gave to young people joining Corporate Citizenship, a global consultancy that helps businesses find their place in society. Several of the young people said, ‘You should write a book,’ so he did....

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Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

14 March 2019 | by Reg Naulty

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Robert Wright has taught psychology and religion at prestigious universities. His motivation here is to overcome, or at least erode, the psychology of tribalism – the tendency to define ourselves by our opposition to some other group. He writes that now we are on the verge of a global community, we...

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Telling the Truth About God by Rhiannon Grant

07 March 2019 | by Abigail Maxwell

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Everyone does theology. Each of us has an understanding of what God is or is not, and for Quakers that begins with our experience. We value our meetings and the experiences we have there, which we might call ‘spiritual’. This is a direct experience, without a priest, and traditions may...

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Seen and Unseen: Ways of being along Quaker and Buddhist paths by Peter Jarman

07 March 2019 | by Roger Iredale

'Ultimately, poetry has a inner magic that is akin to religious insight...' | Detlev Klockow / Unsplash.

In developing a post-Christian and posttheist perception of what is of value in faith and practice, Peter Jarman has produced a challenging study that embraces an investigation of the meaning of God, prayer and spiritual experience. His reflections focus on his experience as a Quaker, on Buddhist belief, and on...

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It Keeps Me Seeking: The invitation from science, philosophy and religion

21 February 2019 | by Reg Naulty

Close-up of the cover of 'It Keeps Me Seeking'. | Courtesy of Oxford University Press.

Andrew Briggs is a physicist, currently working in nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. Andrew Steane is also a physics professor at Oxford. Hans Halvorson is a professor at Princeton. The latter’s doctoral thesis was about the foundations of quantum physics, and he spent a year in the Experimental...

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Springsteen on Broadway

07 February 2019 | by Teresa Parker

Bruce Springsteen. | Rob DeMartin/Courtesy of the artist.

‘What canst thou say… what thou speakest is it inwardly from God?’ If George Fox put this question to Bruce Springsteen, he would say ‘I took my fun very seriously, it is my service, it is my long and noisy prayer’. In this stage show he tells this story, interspersed...

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Caroline, or Change

07 February 2019 | by Laura Shipler Chico

Sharon D Clarke as Caroline. | Helen Maybanks/Playhouse Theatre.

The first thing to reach you is Sharon D Clarke’s voice. In a slow moving first number her rich, emotion-laced singing keeps you watching. She plays Caroline, a domestic worker in 1963 Louisiana, the year John F Kennedy is shot. Working in a hot, stuffy basement for a liberal white...

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