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In every issue we aim to bring our subscribers some of the best in Quaker writing today, to illuminate, educate and inspire.

The Friends Quarterly offers substantial articles by experts in their field, dealing with issues affecting Friends, current topics of concerns to Quakers and thorough analysis of many aspects of Quakerism.

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...each edition [is] gripping my attention and refusing to be put down

Latest issue

2019 Issue 3


  • Felicity Kaal “it is a fine line - with many choices along the way - of what, when and how you retain your own culture, What do you drop? When do you be South African? When do you be English?”
  • Peter Bevan “The Ancient Mariner presents us with a classic spiritual, moral and psychological crisis. Why was the albatross, that guide through the storms of life, killed and how did experiences of the “spirits of the deep” lead to an awareness of God?”
  • Peter Varney “the Iban of Sarawak… have retained a sense of the spiritual as permeating the whole of their life. Quakers share that sense as they seek to live out their faith in the contemporary world.”
  • Gerard GuitonThe Way was utterly foundational to the daily lives of the early Quakers. It was their central concern… What was clearly at the centre of early Quaker right-walking can be central to our own.”

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Previous issues

2019 Issue 2


  • Britain Yearly Meeting 2019 special issue - where are we now?
  • Linda Murgatroyd writes about the principles of permaculture and how they can help Friends thrive and become more resilient
  • Sandra Berry and Paul Parker ask if Friends can find ways for the benefits of Vibrancy work to reach across the whole Yearly Meeting
  • Matt Alton argues that the input of young adults will strengthen Quakerism’s capacity to be a progressive and dynamic faith
  • Harvey Gillman wonders what it is that binds us as human beings to each other and helps create community

2019 Issue 1


  • The Eva Koch scholarship special issue
  • Martin Layton reflects on the Eva Koch scholarship as a case study of the issues and debates within contemporary British Quakerism
  • Barbara Luetke writes about seventeenth-century Friend Elizabeth Fletcher’s earnestness, skill, and sacrifice
  • Nim Njuguna explores how Friends may be fostering inequalities, unintentionally and unknowingly
  • Rosie Carnall describes how Philosophy for Communities can enable groups to critically enquire into a topic that they all care about

2018 Issue 4


  • Ann Conway-Jones asks if the God of the Old Testament is a God of violence
  • Stuart Masters explores the radical political and economic vision of James Nayler
  • Malcolm Singer writes about the concert music of Leonard Berstein
  • Clement Jewitt examines words, meaning and metaphor in Quaker language

2018 Issue 3


  • Christine Habgood-Coote asks how easy others find it to be heard in British Quakerism
  • Tim Neal reflects on his time working with Roma people
  • John Peirce writes about Christian communities and priesthood
  • Richard Eddleston questions why Friends do not always manifest peace and equality in their behaviour
  • Geoffrey Durham urges Friends to explore spiritual experience

2018 Issue 2


  • Britain Yearly Meeting special issue.
  • Tim Gee reflects on the characteristics of a ‘movement’ organisation
  • Margaret Heathfield writes about the need for continuing convincement to nourish the Society’s roots and ensure future flourishing
  • Bronwen Gray describes the role of relationships in spiritual care
  • Trevor Dorey explores his journey from ordained Anglican to Friend

2018 Issue 1


  • Mental health special issue.
  • Oliver Waterhouse writes about Meetings and mental ill health
  • Ros Beaverstock explores how Quakerism has informed her practice of psychiatry
  • John Miles speaks of his experiences as a carer
  • Susan Mitchell describes the place of The Retreat in the history of mental health care
  • Isobel Lane reflects on the stigma surrounding mental illness

...each edition [is] gripping my attention and refusing to be put down

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Writing guidelines

The Friends Quarterly carries serious, thoughtful and spiritual articles about Quakerism and matters of interest to Quakers. These pieces are longer than those in the Friend, typically between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Many arise from the author’s own studies, but this is not an academic journal as such. Analysis of historical concerns to Friends and current theology sit alongside personal experience and witness.

Drafts should be submitted as Word documents, with the very minimum of formatting. They can occasionally include charts or diagrams. Sources and references should be shown as footnotes, using the Word referencing tools. The editor welcomes suggestions for pieces, but naturally cannot guarantee publication until a full draft text is received.

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