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A Prophetic Vision of the Peaceable Kingdom

Author: New England Yearly Meeting
Summary: "[This] prophetic vision of the Peaceable Kingdom came out of the 1980 New England Y.M. 'Peaceable Kingdom Workshop'…"
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1982
Publisher: New England YM

A Quaker Declaration of War

Author: Chuck Fager
Summary: Adaptation of talk given at Illinois YM in July, 2003; Quaker peace worker urges Friends to speak out more strongly for justice and peace in the world.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

An Ocean of Darkness, An Ocean of Light, y un Barquito Grande: Friends Ministry of Hope in a Troubled World

Author: Bridget Moix
Summary: Plenary address published first in Western Friend magazine. Author has worked on peace and conflict issues for many years, including with Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Quaker United Nations Office and Mexico City's Casa de los Amigos
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2011
Publisher: Wider Quaker Fellowship

Being Faithful Witnesses to our Friends Peace Testimony: Serving God in a Changing World

Author: Marian Hobbs, Mouana, Bakamana; Valentine, Lonnie
Summary: Panel presentation from 21st Triennial of FWCC in New Zealand in 2004: Friends from three different countries talk about working for peace and justice in their countries and the world.
Country: Aotearoa-New Zealand, DR-Congo, USA
WQF publication year: 2004
Publisher: WQF

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

Belief Into Action

Author: Margaret Hope Bacon
Summary: Historian from Philadelphia YM tells about Quakers witnessing for peace through the centuries, describing both spiritual and political aspects.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1985
Publisher: WQF

Border Crossings/Cruzando Fronteras

Author: Arturo Carranza
Summary: The author suggests aspects of Quakerism he feels are relevant to Hispanics living in the U.S.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1996
Publisher: World Gathering of Young Friends (1985)

Can Love Really Overcome Violence and Hate?

Author: Mary Lord
Summary: Speech given at the Annual Meeting of FWCC, Section of the Americas, Philadelphia, 2002. As the USA entered a new period of warmaking, a Friend from Baltimore YM offered a vision of how we could work for peace, with quotes from the Bible and Quaker history.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: FCNL, 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

Drawing on Sources Eternal

Author: Margaret Backhouse, Cadbury, Henry; Jahn, Gordon (Irwin Abrams, ed.)
Summary: Lectures given on the occasion of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Religious Society of Friends in 1947
Country: USA, UK
WQF publication year: 1997
Publisher: The Nobel Foundation & University of Toronto Press; WQF/AFSC

Emily Greene Balch: The Holy Fire

Author: Mercedes M. Randall
Summary: Excerpts from Randall's biography of Balch, "The Uncommon Bostonian." Balch was a peace activist, founder of Women's Int'l League for Peace & Freedom, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1986
Publisher: Twayne Publishers, Inc.

Friends Initiatives for Peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

Author: Stephen Collett
Summary: Observations on how African Friends and Friends from outside Africa have worked together to bring peace to the Great Lakes Region.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2001
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

Friends' Peace Witness in a Time of Crisis: A Report from the FWCC Conference…

Author: Rolene Walker
Summary: Summary of the final panel discussion from the Friends World Committee for Consultation Peace Conference of 2003.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

Friends' Struggles Through the Years

Author: Ron Mock
Summary: Part of panel at 2003 Friends World Committee for Consultation Peace Conference, about the spiritual basis of the Friends' peace testimony.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

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

Learning to Go in Peace

Author: Colin Saxton
Summary: Keynote talk at sessions of Philadelphia YM in 2008, by pastor from Northwest YM, exploring the peace testimony and its Biblical basis and how we can live it in the 21st century.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2009
Publisher: WQF

Let Us Then Try What Love Can Do...at the UN?

Author: Gordon M. Browne, Jr.
Summary: Description of the work of QUNO, mostly from a New York office perspective.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1996
Publisher: WQF

Light from the Darkness

Author: Jan Arriens
Summary: Dutch Friend in the UK writes about involvement in prison ministry in the UK and the USA, including befriending men who were later executed.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Friends Quarterly

Military Service and Conscientious Objection

Author: J.E. McNeil
Summary: Friend from Baltimore YM and the Center on Conscience and War in Washington describes what conscientious objection to war is and gives a historical perspective extending into the 21st century.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

Nonviolent Resistance: The Third Way

Author: Walter Wink
Summary: Article originally in Yes! Magazine with title, "Can Love Save the World?" Thoughts on pacifism after Sept. 11, 2001, from a Christian perspective.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Yes! Magazine

Peacemaking: Public & Private

Author: Adam Curle
Summary: British Friend speaking at a university in Canada in 1978, about working for peace and justice in the world at large and in our own lives, families, and so on.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1984
Publisher: WQF

Practicing the Gospel of Hope in the Nuclear Age

Author: Daniel A. Seeger
Summary: A Friend from New York YM sees the film "Gandhi" and makes observations about efforts to transform the world using violent and nonviolent means; he includes examples from the Bible, Quaker history, and other sources.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1983
Publisher: WQF

Proclaiming Peace: Lives That Speak

Author: Linda Joffee, Deming, Vinton
Summary: Joffee: British writer summarizes the life of a man imprisoned for violent IRA activities who later had a change of heart and became a Christian pacifist; Deming: interview with mixed-race Catholic man in South Africa who was working for peace and justice in the 1980s.
Country: UK, USA, South Africa
WQF publication year: 1990
Publisher: Christian Science Monitor, Friends Journal

Quakers Working Together for Peace and Reconciliation in the Africa Great Lakes Region

Author: Laura Chico, Nyiramana, Cecile; Parsons, Peggy Senger
Summary: Writings by three Quaker women on peace & reconciliations efforts in Burundi & Rwanda following the 1990s genocides.
Country: Burundi, Rwanda, USA
WQF publication year: 2005
Publisher: Various: AGLI Newsletter and unction.org

Remembering Agnes: A lesson in Nonviolence

Author: Margaret Hope Bacon
Summary: Quaker historian and author recounts a remarkable experience she had while working in a mental hospital with her husband, who was a conscientious objector during the Second World War.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: Friends Journal

Self-Giving Love

Author: Susumu Ishitani
Summary: Talk given at World Conference of Friends in The Netherlands in 1991. Japanese Friend gives example of how we can live in Christian-type "self-giving love."
Country: Japan
WQF publication year: 1992
Publisher: WQF

Shalom, Much More Than Peace

Author: Anthony Prete
Summary: Analysis of the Biblical concept of "shalom" and how it includes not just peace (absence of violence) but also other concepts such as justice and the equality of all people.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2008
Publisher: Friends Journal

The Roots of Peace in Conflict

Author: Elise Boulding
Summary: Conflict provides opportuntity for learning. Friends might think of themselves as being in a lifelong training process for creative conflict management.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1995
Publisher: WQF

The Work of QUNO in New York

Author: Jack Patterson, Heninger, Lori
Summary: Story of QUNO New York work with the United Nations, with accompanying article about Quaker House at the U.N.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

Through My Enemy's Eyes

Author: Troy Chapman
Summary: Reprinted from Yes! Magazine, Winter 2001-02; a man serving 60-90 years for murder describes his process of healing and religious conversion and trying to stay spiritually centered in prison.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Yes! Magazine

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

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

What Jesus Means to Me: Jesus the Liberator

Author: Roger C. Wilson
Summary: Backhouse Lecture to Australia YM in 1981. British Friend describes how the life and message of Jesus has influenced his work for peace and justice, mainly through work with the UN.
Country: Australia
WQF publication year: 1983
Publisher: The Religious Society of Friends in Australia Inc.

Wrestling with the Peace Testimony: In Spirit and in Truth

Author: Jane Orion Smith
Summary: Talk given at FWCC Peace Conference in NC, 2003; Canadian Friend offers insights on the so-called "War on Terror" from one of the neighbors of the USA.
Country: Canada
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

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