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Ellen's Review Corner: Hiking Naked - A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance

Ellen's Review Corner: Hiking Naked - A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance

“Hiking Naked is a compelling examination of the intention to serve those around us—and the search for God’s voice in the wilderness of civilization.” By Ellen Michaud Discernment has got to be the toughest process in which Quakers engage. It is deep, it is profound, and it is often frustrating as we circle round and round a particular question, a particular issue, a particular set of circumstances. But the sense of rightness, and the experience of patient, everlasting, and overwhelming love as we come to finally understand that we are led in one direction or another touches our souls, grows...

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Featured Artists: Peter Blood and Annie Patterson

Featured Artists: Peter Blood and Annie Patterson

By Marta Rusek Featured in the September BookMusings and Vital Friends eNewsletters of FGC   When they produced the original Rise Up Singing Songbook, Peter Blood and Annie Patterson never imagined that it would become such a widely-used book in churches, camps, and peace groups beyond the Quaker community. I recently caught up with Peter and Annie at New England Yearly Meeting's Annual Sessions at Castleton University in Vermont to ask them about their work, their inspiration, and what's next.    How did the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again Songbooks come to be?Peter: We have led singing among Quakers...

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Featured Author: Edith Maxwell

Featured Author: Edith Maxwell

  Edith Maxwell is an Agatha-nominated and national best-selling author who is the writer of not one but four mystery series. Get to know Edith in this month's Featured Author interview.   What inspired you to write a historical mystery series starring a heroine who is Quaker?I've been a member of Amesbury Friends Meeting for nearly thirty years. Amesbury, a small city tucked in the northeast corner of Massachusetts, is rich in history, and I love discovering more and more about the former businesses and residents that occupied the buildings I walk past daily. Being a Friend is a big part...

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Ellen's Review Corner: Introducing Earthcare Challenges to Young Friends

Ellen's Book Corner

Ellen's Review Corner: Introducing Earthcare Challenges to Young Friends

by Ellen Michaud Sitting here under the ancient oaks that surround my cottage at the edge of the Sacramento Valley, I watch as a heavy, late-summer sun slowly slides through their branches, and drifts toward the horizon. The Valley temperature has hovered around 105 degrees all day. But here, under the trees and not far from the Sierra foothills, I am sheltered from much of the heat. I am sheltered because at some time back in the seventies, a group of people valued these trees enough to preserve them and establish a small community that would be dedicated to their survival....

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Ellen's Review Corner: Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible

Ellen's Review Corner: Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible

In Face to Face, T. Vail Palmer, Jr., unpacks how George Fox and other early Friends used the Bible—and what modern Quakers can do to recapture the transforming power of that 17th century experience.   By Tom Gates The last thirty years have seen a number of Quaker scholars offer new perspectives on Quaker history, and specifically the unique contribution of the first generation of Friends: John Punshon (1984), Douglas Gwyn (1986, 1995, 2000), Rosemary Moore (2000), Carole Spencer (2007), Gerard Guiton (2012), and others. With Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible (Barclay Press, 2016), author T....

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