Category Archives: Religious Issues & Conflicts

Re-Re-Re-Inventing The Wheel: 170 Years of “Convergent” Quakerism

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.Hicks-Leopard-Youthquake-CLR Continue reading Re-Re-Re-Inventing The Wheel: 170 Years of “Convergent” Quakerism

“Re-Closeting,” Life & Death: A Reading for Another Kind of Memorial Day

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

A Friendly Letter: Intro to the Blog

Dear Friend,

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.

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Fleecing The Faithful: An Exclusive In-Depth Investigative Report

How Religious Con Artists Stole $35 Million Dollars from Quakers, Nazarenes and Other Churches, And How They’ll Steal From YOU If You Let Them

An In-Depth Investigative Report by
Chuck Fager

INTRODUCTION–February, 1998

This report is about crime and churches. It is also about Mary Washburn.

Mary Washburn was a widow when she moved from Tyler, Texas back home to Cherokee, Oklahoma. She had been gone for thirty-three years, and she returned to the old home place mainly to be safe. “There were a lot of illegal aliens and colored down in Tyler,” she said candidly, “and seemed like there was a murder every weekend.”

Cherokee should have been safe enough; Oklahoma City was nearly a hundred miles away, and Tulsa, another fifty.

But it wasn’t. A criminal followed Mary Washburn to Cherokee, stalked her to her house, and stole all the money she had, $68,000. “There’s no way in the world I can get it back,” she told me.
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