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A Blessed Exchange

Author: Laura Fowler
Summary: Friend from Mid-America YM and the Friends of Jesus Ministries in Kansas describes how she stays spiritually centered while she does her work.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1993
Publisher: WQF, Friends of Jesus Ministries Newsletter

A Bridge of Love/Un Puente de Amor

Author: Heredio Santos
Summary: Keynote address given by a Cuban pastor to New England Yearly meeting in 1991
Country: Cuba
WQF publication year: 1993
Publisher: WQF

A Call to Quakers for Stepped-up Evangelism

Author: Miriam Khamadi Were
Summary: Talk given at FUM Triennial in Kenya in 2002. Kenyan Friend's perspective on mission work, appreciating how some Christians have brought a message of peace.
Country: Kenya
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Quaker Life

A Treasure the World Knows Not Of

Author: William Penn
Summary: Excerpts from "Some Fruits of Solitude" and two other works by Penn, one being advice on spiritually centered family life.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1994
Publisher: WQF

Alone on My Island

Author: Nikos Philippides
Summary: A Friend who was born in Greece and lived for many years in the USA later moved back to the town where he was born and describes here living among Greek Orthodox Christians.
Country: Greece
WQF publication year: 1984
Publisher: Quaker Monthly (article), Friends Journal (drawing)

An Orientation to Prophecy

Author: Marion McNaughton
Summary: Talk given at FWCC Triennial in Ireland, 2007; a British Friend calls for more prophetic ministry among Friends in the 21st century.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 2008
Publisher: WQF

Be Prepared to Give Reasons for the Hope That Is Within You

Author: Peggy Senger Parsons
Summary: Talk given at North Pacific YM sessions in 2002 by the pastor of Freedom Friends Church in Salem OR. Lessons from the life of Peter and his efforts to express his faith in Jesus Christ.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2009
Publisher: WQF

Beauty from Ashes, Strength and Joy from Sorrow

Author: Elizabeth Gray Vining
Summary: Spiritual perspectives on life and death, with references to Jesus, by a Friend from Philadelphia YM.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1992
Publisher: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Book and Publications Committee

Being Salt and Light: Excerpts from the Plenary Speeches from the 2012 World Conference of Friends held in Kenya

Author: Friends World Committee for Consultation
Summary: Excerpts from plenary speeches given at the historic World Conference of Friends that took place at Kabarak University in Kenya in April 2012. Over 850 Friends from 51 countries around the world gathered to worship, sing, dance, hear talks, participate in workshops, and learn from each other.
Country: Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Cuba, New Zealand, Britain, USA, Rwanda, Burundi
WQF publication year: 2013
Publisher: WQF

Carrying the Quaker Message Today

Author: Val Ferguson
Summary: Talk by the General Secretary of the World Office of FWCC to the 50th Anniversary Gathering in Toronto, Canada, in 1987. She suggests ways that Quakers have special insights to offer to the Christians of the world.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1988
Publisher: WQF,

Connected to the Vine

Author: Deborah Saunders
Summary: Talk given at World Gathering of Young Friends in Britain in 2005; African-American Friend describes her spiritual journey through several different types of Christianity to end up as a Friend in Philadelphia YM.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2005
Publisher: WQF

Conversations from the Heartland

Author: Kat Griffith
Summary: Friends Journal article: Midwestern "liberal-type" Friend who home schools her children describes her communication with other home-schooling mothers who are fundamentalist Christians, and efforts to find common spiritual ground.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: Friends Journal, WQF

Crystals and the Breath of God

Author: Richard R. Walker
Summary: Astronomer recalls with awe a spectacular natural event that happened when he was a schoolboy.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2007
Publisher: Pendle Hill

Darkness Is as Light with Thee

Author: John M. Hull
Summary: An Australian Friend living in the UK became blind and describes how his faith sustains him through the experience.
Country: Australia, UK
WQF publication year: 1993
Publisher: WQF

Despairing

Author: Howard Macy
Summary: Chapter from Macy's book "Rhythms of the Inner Life." Thoughts about how Christians can cope with the presence of evil, apparently unjust, situations in the world and not give up in despair.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1997
Publisher: Barclay Press

Encounter with the Taproot

Author: Lloyd Lee Wilson
Summary: Plenary address to Lake Erie YM in 1997. Friend from North Carolina YM (Conservative) offers perspectives from the Bible and Quaker history on the nature of God and the best way for human beings to express the divine will in our lives.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2007
Publisher: WQF

Finding the Prophetic Voice---

Author: Doreen Dowd, Yi Reyna, María
Summary: Talk at FWCC Triennial in Ireland (2007). Looking for guidance in the Bible for how Friends in the 21st century can stay faithful, witness to our faith, and work to make the world better.
Country: Ireland, Cuba
WQF publication year: 2008
Publisher: WQF,FWCC

Four Prayers from In The Manner of the Lord's Prayer

Author: Judy Brutz
Summary: Poems, prayerful meditations, using structure and imagery from the Lord's Prayer. The author is a recorded minister from Iowa (FUM) Yearly Meeting, currently living in Ohio.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1992
Publisher: Friends Family Service Publications

From Encounter to Ministry: The Life and Faith of Latin American Friends

Author: Nancy Thomas, editor
Summary: A collection of narrative stories of faith from Quakers in Latin America, from the book of the same name
Country: Bolivia
WQF publication year: 2013
Publisher: Editorial CALA

God's Presence in Trauma

Author: Pam Ferguson
Summary: Article from Quaker Life. Friends pastor from Indiana YM who works with prisoners describes when her home was invaded by an escaped prisoner and how she stayed spiritually centered.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2005
Publisher: WQF, FWCC

Hope in a Culture of Fear

Author: David Brindle
Summary: Keynote address at FWCC-SOA Annual Meeting in 2003, soon after the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the start of the Iraq war. Friends pastor from FUM describes growing up in Richmond IN and facing stressful situations as a young Friend, and proceeds into lessons about peace for the 21st century.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: WQF

How I survived my Halo

Author: Yvonne Boeger
Summary: A Friend tells how she drew on both religious and psychological resources after major surgery and a lengthy hospital stay.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: Friends Journal

Identity, Authority and Community: The Experience of Two Friends at the Woodbrooke Consultation on Identity, Authority and Com

Author: Annis Bleeke, Spencer, Carole
Summary: Article from Friends Journal & Quaker Life, from talk at Willamette QM of North Pacific YM, report back from Woodbrooke consultation before FWCC Triennial of 1997--exploration of "What Is a Friend?"
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1999
Publisher: Quaker Life,Friends Journal

In Deed and Word: Excerpts from 'The Vocation of Witness' in The Company of the Committed

Author: Elton Trueblood
Summary: A chapter from his book. Professor from Earlham School of Religion and Indiana YM urges us to boldly declare our Christian faith and let our lives show it.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1995
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

In Prison--Yet Free

Author: Eva Hermann
Summary: A German Friend who was imprisoned by the Nazis for not cooperating with their hateful laws describes how the women in her prison tried to encourage each other and be kind.
Country: Germany
WQF publication year: 1983
Publisher: Friends Intelligencer, American Friend, Tract Association of Friends

In Quietness and Confidence

Author: Elizabeth Yarnall
Summary: Friend from Philadelphia YM offers thoughts on centering down spiritually and learnng to pray.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1986
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

In Search of Pendle Hill and George Fox

Author: David Douglas
Summary: 1998 Friends Journal article by a Presbyterian from New Mexico, upon visiting "the 1652 country" in England.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2000
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

In Spirit and In Truth

Author: World Office Friends World Committee for Consultation
Summary: Studies in preparation for the Fifth World Conference of Friends. Includes information about Friends in the host countries, Bible studies and a reflection on the World Conference theme.
Country: various
WQF publication year: 1990
Publisher: FWCC

Instruments of Peace and Love in the Hands of God

Author: Ramón González-Longoria Escalona
Summary: Chapter from book "Walk Worthy of Your Calling." Cuban pastor's short history of what life was like in Cuba YM in the 1960s and 70s and how he came to the ministry.
Country: Cuba
WQF publication year: 2004
Publisher: WQF

Intervisitation: Travel Under Religious Concern: Quaker Heritage and Present Need

Author: Van Ernst
Summary: Friend who had been a representative to Friends World Committee offers observations about intervisitation among Friends and the need for better understanding between various Christian or Friends groups.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1980
Publisher: FWCC

Islam from a Quaker Perspective

Author: Anthony Manousos
Summary: Friend from Pacific YM describes how he reached out a hand of peace to Muslims in his community after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: Friends Bulletin, WQF

Kicked by God

Author: Sok Hon Ham
Summary: Korean Friend describes his life and his conversion to Christianity and then Quakerism.
Country: Korea
WQF publication year: 1969
Publisher: WQF

Leading and Being Led

Author: Paul Lacey
Summary: The first third of a Pendle Hill pamphlet with the same name. An exploration of how we can know when the Holy Spirit is leading us to do something. Contains examples from Quaker history.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1986
Publisher: WQF

Learning to Learn: The Journey of a Cross-Cultural Public Friend

Author: Nancy Thomas
Summary: Chapter from book "Walk Worthy of Your Calling." Friend from Northwest Y.M. describes her missionary work in Bolivia, with vivid descriptions of initial culture shock and slowly getting to feel at home.
Country: USA, Bolivia
WQF publication year: 2004
Publisher: Friends United Press

No Doubt

Author: Amy Kietzman
Summary: A Friend from Philadelphia YM whose daughter is disabled offers thoughts on seeing her daughter as a gift from God.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

On Confirming the Deepest Thing in Another

Author: Douglas V. Steere
Summary: Friend from Philadelphia YM offers thoughts on how Quaker schools can be spiritually centered, and what such centering is, with examples from Christianity and other religions.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1983
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company

On Listening: To God and to Each Other

Author: Dorothy Steere
Summary: Talk given by Friend from Philadelphia YM at a spiritual retreat in 1983. Thoughts on listening to the voice of God in our hearts and in those around us.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1984
Publisher: WQF

On Prayer for Others-and Ourselves (and) Walking with God

Author: Peter Blood-Patterson, Haynes, John M.
Summary: Two articles from Friends Journal; (1) Thoughts about intercessory prayer; (2) thoughts about the nature of the Divine or God and what it means when we pray to that being.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2001
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

On the Way to Harmony: The Spiritual Disciplines of a Christian Reconciling Ministry

Author: Eden Grace
Summary: Keynote Address to FWCC-SOA Annual Meeting, Greensboro, 2001. Friend from New England YM describes her work with the World Council of Churches, seeking common ground with other Christians from around the world.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2001
Publisher: WQF

One Body with Many Parts

Author: Joyce (Dududzile) Mtshazo
Summary: Talk given at FWCC 50th Anniversary. A South African Friend describes Quakerism in her country and what it was like for Black South Africans living under apartheid.
Country: South Africa
WQF publication year: 1988
Publisher: WQF

Open Worship

Author: Stan Thornburg
Summary: Pamphlet prepared for pastoral Friends of Reedwood Friends Church, Northwest YM, about how Friends in silent meetings stay spiritually centered with listening hearts to hear the messages of others and decide when they have received a message that needs to be shared.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1998
Publisher: Quaker Life

Quaker Contributions for the New Millenium

Author: Jay Marshall
Summary: Quaker Lecture at Western YM, Aug. 1999. Dean of Earlham School of Religion gives thoughts on what Quakers have to offer the world as it enters the third millennium after Christ.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: WQF

Quest (Five): Personal Religious Thought

Author: Josephine Whitney Duveneck
Summary: Observations on staying spiritually centered; she ends with nine prayers of varying lengths.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1982
Publisher: William Kaufmann, Inc.

Reflections of Light: Quaker Poets of Today*

Author: Nancy Thomas, Adams, Joyce B.
Summary: Contemporary poetry by two Friends
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2007
Publisher: various

Religious Social Concern: A Quaker View

Author: Ferner Nuhn
Summary: Friend from Iowa Conservative and Pacific Y.M.s describes the Christian spiritual basis of his concerns for peace and justice.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1967
Publisher: WQF

Resurrect My Voice

Author: Nancy Thomas
Summary: Poems by the Evangelical Friends missionary, some in the form of prayers for guidance and insight into what God's will is for her life.
Country: USA, Bolivia
WQF publication year: 1996
Publisher: The Barclay Press

Righteousness & Self-Righteousness

Author: Mary Garman
Summary: Talk by Friend from Ohio Valley YM to North Pacific YM in 1994. A meditation on righteousness, and how many religious people confuse it with self-righteousness; we all need to be more loving in our spiritual life and witness.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1995
Publisher: Friends Bulletin

Selections from Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices

Author: Laurie Picard, Andreas Brand
Summary: Young adult Quakers from a variety of theological backgrounds share ecological concerns
Country: USA, Korea, Sweden, Britain
WQF publication year: 2010
Publisher: QuakerPress of FGC

Spreading the Kingdom of God, Without Words/Extendiendo el Reino de Dios, sin palabras

Author: Hipólito Llanque
Summary: Talk given at the World Conference of Friends in Honduras in 1991; the story of a man who came to Christ and' had his life transformed in many ways.
Country:
WQF publication year: 1993
Publisher: WQF

Teach Me Your Way, Oh Lord

Author: Tom Gates, Gates, Liz
Summary: Bible study presented at Sunday morning worship at the 21st Triennial of FWCC in New Zealand; looking for lessons in the Bible on how to be faithful witnesses to our faith in the 21st century.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2004
Publisher: WQF

The Crone

Author: Elizabeth Watson
Summary: One of the author's series of stories about women who knew Jesus; this one fantasizes that the woman who anointed Jesus in Mark ch. 14 could also be the midwife who had delivered him in Bethlehem.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1990
Publisher: WQF

The Gift of God Which Is Within Thee

Author: Pleasaunce Holtom, Palpant, Judy
Summary: Reprints from three Friends publications. Inspirational stories about how Friends live out their faith and help others.
Country: UK, Kenya, Aotearoa-New Zealand
WQF publication year: 1980
Publisher: WQF

The Mother of the Sons of Zebedee

Author: Elizabeth Watson
Summary: One of the author's series of stories about women who knew Jesus; this one fantasizes that the mother of the disciples James and John became a faithful Christian along with her sons.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: WQF

The New Holy Family

Author: Rufus M. Jones
Summary: Reprint of 1943 article from "The American Friend." Quoting Jesus who said that his followers were his new "family," Jones suggests we look at the whole spiritual family of Christians and work on healing the differences in this large "family."
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1991
Publisher: The American Friend

The Power of Words: Some Reflections on the Personal Use of the Psalms

Author: Muriel Poulter
Summary: A British Friend, instructor at Woodbrooke, offers thoughts on the Psalms.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1982
Publisher: Friends World News

The Quaker Discovery; Room for the Infinite

Author: Thomas R. Kelly
Summary: Chapter from Kelly's book "The Eternal Promise," about early Friends, particularly George Fox, and the vision they had about spiritual insights coming directly from God.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1977
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.

The Riches That Are Possible

Author: Sarah Anala
Summary: Talk given at Northeast Regional Gathering in 1991; a native Canadian, Inuit, from Eastern Canada speaks about her life and culture.
Country: Canada
WQF publication year: 1991
Publisher: WQF

The Shadow and the Substance

Author: John Punshon
Summary: Article from "The Evangelical Friend" by a British Friend. An essay about the Quaker perspective on external sacraments.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1993
Publisher: Evangelical Friend

The Shape of Quakerism in North America

Author: Ferner Nuhn
Summary: Friend from Iowa Conservative and Pacific Y.M.s traces the history of North American Friends in the 19th and 20th centuries, stressing splits and reunifications, and the founding of several Quaker organizations.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1984
Publisher: FWCC

The Spiritual Work of Ecumenism

Author: Thomas D. Paxson, Jr.
Summary: Article from Friends Journal; a Friend from Illinois YM describes his experiences at the World Council of Churches assembly in Zimbabwe in 1998.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2000
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

The Spirituality of Restlessness

Author: Daniel 0. Snyder
Summary: Plenary address given at Baltimore Yearly Meeting in 2009 speaks of the “Holy Restlessness” that impelled George Fox and Abraham to go in search a relationship with God.
Country: US
WQF publication year: 2010
Publisher: WQF

The Top Ten Reasons I'm Quaker

Author: Gregg Koskela
Summary: A pastor from Northwest YM tells what he particularly loves about Quakerism--- things like lack of hierarchy and the listening directly to what Jesus tells us in our daily lives.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2007
Publisher: Barclay Press

The Transforming Power of the Psalms

Author: Elizabeth F. Meyer
Summary: Author discovered that by taking the verses into memory and into her heart, she found their spiritual power working to transform her according to God's will
Country: Usa
WQF publication year: 2011
Publisher: Wider Quaker Fellowship

The Ways of Prayer: An Introduction

Author: Michael Pennock
Summary: A Catholic educator from Ohio, member of the Wider Quaker Fellowship, shares thoughts about the nature and meaning of prayer.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1988
Publisher: Michael Pennock

The Witness of Conservative Friends William and Frances Taber

Author: Frances & William Taber
Summary: A glimpse of the witness of Conservative Friends from the autobiographical perspective of the Tabers.
Country:
WQF publication year: 2010
Publisher: WQF

The Workings of Jesus Christ in the Life of R.M.E.

Author: Rosemary M. Elliott
Summary: A British Friend who moved to South Africa and married there describes her spiritual journey to live according to Christ's teachings and oppose racism and apartheid.
Country: South Africa
WQF publication year: 1979
Publisher: WQF

This I Have Longed For & Of a Growth in Grace Amidst Distressing Exercises of Spirit

Author: Mary Penington, Penington, Isaac
Summary: Short writings by Mary and Isaac Penington describing their spiritual life in the 1600s. Pamphlet includes a 2-page biography of the Peningtons.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1994
Publisher: London YM of the Religious Society of Friends & Assn of Friends for the Diffusion of Religious and Useful Knowledge.

To Each Is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit for the Common Good

Author: Horace Hall
Summary: Message given at FWCC Section of the Americas Annual Meeting, 2006, Chiquimula, Guatemala on a theme from Romans chapter 12 about varieties of spiritual gifts.
Country: Jamaica
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: WQF

To Make Us Whole and Free: A Memorial Tribute

Author: Marjorie Sykes
Summary: Four excerpts from the writings of a British Friend who moved to India and worked with the Gandhian movement. The titles are "Discipline," "Sharing Our Faith," "Growing Into Saints," and "Judgment--A Quaker View."
Country: India
WQF publication year: 1996
Publisher: Woodbrooke College, Birmingham, and Sessions of York, England

To Save From Fear

Author: John Macmurray
Summary: From a lecture that was on BBC radio. A British Friend comments on how to live lives of courageous Christian witness to the world.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1990
Publisher: Quaker Monthly

Tranforming Hearts, Minds, and Souls: Two Quaker Perspectives

Author: John Edminster, Terri Johns
Summary: Two authors from Friends United Meeting write of their personal experiences on transformation, renewal, love and unity – themes close to the hearts of all members of the Religious Society of Friends
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2012
Publisher: Wider Quaker Fellowship

Transforming the Visible: A Contemplative Among Activists

Author: Dori Veness
Summary: Canadian Friend in the UK who cannot do social action because of illness reminds us of the need to keep prayer and spiritual balance as the grounding of all of our action.
Country: Canada, UK
WQF publication year: 2001
Publisher: WQF

Tribute to a Peacemaker/WaitingintheLight.blogspot.com: Selected entries from Tom Fox's Blog

Author: Tom Fox, Fullerton, Florence (ed.)
Summary: Selections from the web log of Tom Fox, who was killed in Iraq while serving with Christian Peacemaker Teams. Introduced by Florence Fullerton.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: WQF

Under the Tree

Author: Jorge Luis Peña Reyes
Summary: A Christmas season poem by nationally recognized Cuban Quaker poet, in English and the original Spanish
Country: Cuba
WQF publication year: 2012
Publisher: http://vozymirada.blogspot.com

Variations on a Theme by Fox

Author: Loida Fernández
Summary: Talk given at New England YM in 1994; Mexican Friend, long-time staff member of FWCC, describes Latin American Friends, gives a little of their history, and particularly appreciates the music in their worship services.
Country: Mexico
WQF publication year: 1995
Publisher: WQF

What Can Love Do?

Author: Amanda Hoffman
Summary: Story of Hector and Susie Black's decision to speak against the death penalty for the murderer of their daughter.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Friends Journal

Where We are Changed

Author: Noah Baker Merrill
Summary: Plenary worship address given at the Sixth World Conference of Friends held in Nakuru, Kenya, by a Friend seeking to be faithful in the living Quaker tradition of gospel ministry.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2012
Publisher: WQF

Why Do You Still Read That Old Thing?

Author: Lloyd Lee Wilson
Summary: Bible study given at Pendle Hill in 1996. Friend from North Carolina YM (Conservative) tells what the Bible means to him and how it is relevant to his work to make the world a better place at the end of the 20th century.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1996
Publisher: WQF

Why I Deeply Love FWCC

Author: Julie Peyton
Summary: Author tells tells about a time in her life when she had lost her faith in a God who would guide her life.
Country:
WQF publication year: 2010
Publisher: WQF

William Penn and the Poetry of Sorrow

Author: Elizabeth Gray Vining
Summary: An essay on grief as expressed by Penn. Written by a Friend who was chosen to become the tutor of the crown prince of Japan, the now-emperor Akihito.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2005
Publisher: Pendle Hill

Worship

Author: Jennifer Kinghorn
Summary: Talk given at FWCC Triennial; a South African Friend offers thoughts on the meaning of worship and prayer and how these may lead us to work to help others in our communities.
Country: South Africa
WQF publication year: 1993
Publisher: Friends World News, Southern Africa Quaker Newsletter

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