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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

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)

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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