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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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Latest issue

2020 Issue 4


Quakers at Christmas

  • Mary and me by Marisa Johnson
  • “The time called Christmas” by Joseph Jones
  • Quakers and the incarnation in the twenty-first century by Ruth Wilde
  • Quakers - Outside or ahead of the mainstream? by Helen Johnson
  • Gifts and giving by Alistair Fuller
  • Plus discussion questions for study groups, for Meetings and other gatherings.

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Previous issues

2020 Issue 3


  • Virtual pilgrim by Tim Gee
  • Who are we going to be on the other side? Reflections on spiritual life during Covid-19 and beyond by Annette Gamblin
  • Spiritual Learnings from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) by Richard Eddleston
  • Fostering leadings of love through the Loving Earth Project by Linda Murgatroyd
  • Learning from Covid-19 for climate action A perspective from the Quaker United Nations Office by Lindsey Fielder Cook
  • Plus discussion questions for study groups, for Meetings and other gatherings.

2020 Issue 2


  • Gill Sewell and Olivia Sewell Risley introduce their first issue as editors, focused on inclusion and diversity
  • Nim Njuguna proposes Friends embrace the truth about the value of diversity
  • Abigail Maxwell writes about her lived experience and being frightened of her feelings during the silence of worship
  • Martyn Beer describes the origins of and debate around Quaker schools
  • An anonymous Friend asserts that when wrestling with diversity and inclusion, it won’t mean working with like-minded individuals
  • Plus New discussion questions

2020 Issue 1


  • Tony Stoller reflects of the stewardship that is the responsibility of Quaker publications
  • Erin Bell discusses the relationship between Jews and Quakers over time
  • ’Farrier’, an original poem but Seán Street
  • Harvey Gillman on reading, and the challenge and delight in the process
  • Stuart Masters asks if we can find traces of an eco-theology within Nayler’s writings
  • Two meditations by Stevie Krayer
  • Laurie Michaelis explores ‘the most fundamental challenge of our time’

2019 Issue 4


  • Carrie Comfort reflects on the spiritual life as a journey
  • Felicity Kaal explores how we conceptualise the divine
  • Alastair McIntosh writes about ‘love incarnate’
  • Peter Bevan discusses the ‘active but quiet alertness receptive to guidance’ that spiritual dialogue needs

2019 Issue 3


  • Felicity Kaal explores the what, when and how of retaining your culture
  • Peter Bevan writes about the Ancient Mariner and how it presents us with a classic spiritual, moral and psychological crisis
  • Peter Varney draws parallels between the spirituality of the Iban of Sarawak and Quakers
  • Gerard Guiton discusses how the foundations of early Friends can be central to Friends today

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

...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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