A Quaker Christmas Story: Candles in the Window
This Quaker Christmas story takes place in the village of Settle, Yorkshire, England – 12th Month, 1814. In those days, candles in the window were not a peaceful sight . . . . Continue reading A Quaker Christmas Story: Candles In The Window
Re-Re-Re-Inventing The Wheel: 170 Years of “Convergent” Quakerism
With a few exceptions, many of the most important pieces of American Quaker history since before the Civil War have not yet been well-studied or written up.
One of the biggest pieces that’s missing, in my view, is a close look at the long, occasionally successful, but very often tortured record of intra-Quaker ecumenical efforts. Continue reading Re-Re-Re-Inventing The Wheel: 170 Years of “Convergent” Quakerism
A headline in this Memorial Day’s paper sent me reeling down the shadowed halls of memory.
The news was from Uganda, where the president has signed a new law which increases the legal penalties against homosexuality to life imprisonment, and in some cases death. Merely “promoting” homosexuality can get twenty years. Continue reading “Re-Closeting,” Life & Death: A Reading for Another Kind of Memorial Day
Welcome to the online edition of A Friendly Letter. In addition to back issues, there are some new reports as well. The major new report is about two multi-million dollar financial frauds, perpetrated on Quakers and other churches. Another new addition is a personal tribute to Bill Kriedler, a very fine Quaker minister who died in June, 2000.
Continue reading A Friendly Letter: Intro to the Blog