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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

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,

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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

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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