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Passion and Partings: The dying sayings of early Quakers, by Jane Mace

17 September 2020 | by Judith Roads

‘Again and again the words spoke.’ | Book cover of Passion and Partings: The dying sayings of early Quakers by Jane Mace

This is an extraordinary little book that defies classification. Piety Promoted was a collection of volumes from the seventeenth century, full of ‘the dying sayings of many of the people called Quakers’. Jane Mace has with great care put together a sample of these words to enable us to look...

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Credo? Religion and Psychoanalysis, by Patrick Casement

17 September 2020 | by Neil Morgan

'This short book gathers a whole lifetime’s evaluation of feelings about people and God.' | Book cover of Credo? Religion and Psychoanalysis, by Patrick Casement

What is the relationship between our emotions and our spiritual life? In this short book, an eminent psychoanalyst describes the relationship between psychoanalysis and religion in his life.

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The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy by A C Grayling

17 September 2020 | by Nick Wilde

‘Grayling writes clearly and straight-forwardly about matters which concern us all.’ | Book cover of The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy by A C Grayling

Quaker decision making does not work in the same way as democracy, exactly. Friends get the ‘sense of the meeting’ and, if we do not agree, we wait until we do. Politics isn’t like that. Winston Churchill famously said that democracy is the least bad way of conducting politics...

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Talking About Skin: A memoir, by Rosa L Carter

10 September 2020 | by Helen Lockwood

'The testimony of Equality does not reflect all of Rosa’s experiences within our Society.' | Book cover of Talking About Skin: A memoir, by Rosa L Carter

Rosa Carter, who is a Staffordshire Quaker, has written a fascinating memoir. Although originally only intended for her three sons, it has now been published for a wider audience. It should be essential reading for white Quakers who wonder about the lack of black people within the Religious Society of...

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Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

10 September 2020 | by Fred Ashmore

'The work is uncomfortable and challenging.' | Book cover of Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

For many Friends, the violent death in Minneapolis of George Floyd has felt impossible to discount or ignore. But like others I have been uncertain about what would be an appropriate response. ‘Black Lives Matter’ has not leapt to the top of our Society’s national agenda, though we have...

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Ways to Kiss the Earth by Linda Murgatroyd

10 September 2020 | by Linda Murgatroyd | 4 comments

'This book is an offering of hope; an invitation to engage with some very big issues through art.' | Book cover of Ways to Kiss the Earth by Linda Murgatroyd

Last summer, an art exhibition called Seeking Routes was held at Swarthmoor Hall. It showed work in which Friends explored Quaker experience and action in building a more sustainable Earth. This book presents a selection from the exhibition and its five themes: ‘Reverence for Nature’; ‘Spiritual and Creative Process’; ‘Climate...

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The Myth of Religious Neutrality by Roy Clouser

03 September 2020 | by Jim Newmark

‘It would be a mistake to believe that science will bring us to understand what reality is.’ | Book cover of The Myth of Religious Neutrality: An essay on the hidden role of religious belief in theories by Roy Clouser

I have been a Christian for more than forty years. Until about three years ago I attended an Anglican church but I now believe that I simply did not understand my own faith. I am indebted to Roy Clouser and his book, which explains, in a way that I could...

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The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

03 September 2020 | by Reg Naulty

‘A simple act of kindness can function like a miracle.’ | Book cover of The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

Eddie Jaku was born Abraham Jakubowicz, in Germany in 1920. He is a holocaust survivor, recently turned 100, and a large part of his book describes his experiences in Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps. In 1950 he migrated to Sydney, where he has lived ever since with his wife, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Telling the Truth About God by Rhiannon Grant

27 August 2020 | by Jonathan Wooding | 1 comment

‘We affirm that something loving, guiding, and worth listening to is active now, here, in our community.’ | Telling the Truth About God book cover

If you think theology is now irrelevant to Quakers, think again. Rhiannon Grant shows us that to ‘theologize’ remains an exciting and, indeed, daring venture, once we acknowledge how it might be misused. Her own efforts to be honest about God fall within a radical tradition. She writes: ‘Any form...

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A Black Theology of Liberation by James Cone

27 August 2020 | by Mark Russ

A Black Theology of Liberation | book cover

Every now and again I encounter a book that gives me such a jolt it demands to be talked about. This book was first published in 1970 but I read it recently and it has stirred me up. James H Cone’s work has been much discussed within the black theological...

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