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“Survival & Resistance” A Message from 2006 That is Timely Again

they thought they were free

[Note: This essay was originally published in Friends Journal; but it’s now behind their paywall. It still seems timely today; maybe more so.]

Quakerism was born in a time of revolutionary upheaval. Yet it learned how to survive when the revolution failed and was followed by decades of persecution.

I sometimes hear Quakers waxing nostalgic about recovering the fire and fervor of “early Friends.”

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Dr. Bronner, Magic Soap & Me

All-One Faith! All-One Soap!
Here’s the man behind it all, live from Escondido.

By Chuck Fager – Summer 1976

On March 9, 1945, a man named Fred Walcher got himself crucified. In Chicago, on the framework under an el station, after dark. When the cops found him and pulled him down, bleeding and semi-conscious, he wouldn’t say who had nailed him up there.

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Alone Together: Living With & Writing About Progressive Friends

Grave_Buffum_ChaceResearching and writing about Progressive Friends took up most of my time from the autumn of 2013 through the spring of 2014. Often this was a paradoxical experience: from one angle, it was a very solitary effort: from another, very crowded.

I did this research at Pendle Hill in Pennsylvania, as the Cadbury research scholar in Quaker History. Most of my time at Pendle Hill was spent solo: in the Friends Historical Library at nearby Swarthmore College, poring over old letters, minutes, pamphlets and books; in my room, reading more old documents; then lots of staring into my computer screen, at the ever-growing store of texts available there.

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The Road To Columbine: A True Story

Chuck Fager at St. Joseph's Military Academy - Hays, Kansas 1959
Here I am in my SJMA uniform, 1958 in Hays, Kansas, a beardless youth.

One day in my junior year of high school, I discovered that my stomach muscles were unusually strong. Here’s how I found this out:

Jamie, whose locker was a couple down from mine, came into the locker room, grabbed me by the shirt, slammed me up against my locker, and punched me in the stomach.

I don’t think Jamie was angry at me when he did that, at least not especially so. He just felt like punching somebody, and there I was.

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Support for Bradley Manning from South Central Quakers

Friends: South Central Yearly Meeting just adopted the minute below. Please share it widely.

One of the main authors of the minute is Phil Newberry of Stillwater, Oklahoma Meeting. (OK is Manning’s home state.) Phil is already going on the road, to share the Minute and his concern with Friends and others in Kansas, Missouri & Iowa, in hopes of building ongoing support work around Leavenworth prison while Manning is there. I invite those interested in this developing work to contact him at: newcat@nullsbcglobal.net

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