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  • Quaker Pamphlets Homepage
    number of Quakers and others in the 20th Century have taken up the charge to publish the truth Writers like Rufus Jones Howard Brinton Douglas Steere Gilbert Kilpack Thomas Kelly and John Yungblut have developed their thoughts in print and served as a model to others who have contributed to Quaker literature philosophy theology and religion Unfortunately many of these treasured works are completely out of print or otherwise inaccessible to most of us We and others have made an effort to remedy that problem by republishing out of print pamphlets on the web The following pages give you direct access to four libraries of fundamental writings by modern Quakers William Penn Lectures These lectures were supported by the Young Friends Movement of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting which was organized on Fifth month thirteenth 1916 at Race Street Meeting House in Philadelphia for the purpose of closer fellowship Forty four lectures were given between 1916 and 1966 when the lectures were laid down Pendle Hill Pamphlets Published since 1934 this series includes great pamphlets which range from historical analysis to theological statements to thoughtful advices to young and old alike This series continues to be published but many of the older pamphlets are available only as copies and are now republished electronically by Pendle Hill Quaker Universalist Fellowship Introspective pieces from renowned Friends historical overviews and incisive book reports Read about universalism in other cultures and the effort to include all peoples As QUF continues to put ever more content online their Quaker Library will grow to become a great collection of contemporary Quaker writings Other Quaker Pamphlets Quakers have published extensively in the past and continue to do so In addition to the William Penn Lectures the Pendle Hill Pamphlets and the pamphlets of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship a number

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  • William Penn Lectures
    our Quaker heritage As I read the journals the letters and the essays of men like George Fox Isaac Penington and William Penn there is only one phase that I find adequate to describe what I find there the power of an open life More Holy Obedience By Thomas R Kelly 1939 Thomas Kelly begins quoting Meister Echart There are plenty to follow our Lord half way but not the other half They will give up possessions friends and honors but it touches them too closely to disown themselves It is this second half that he implores us to take up to follow in holy obedience More Sharpening the Edge of the Spiritual Message By Allen D Hole 1940 Taking his texts from the Song of Deborah and the story of Elisha at Dothan Allen Hole focuses on the use of language in Biblical times and our understanding of that language today The eternal truths contained in the story of Elisha at Dothan are sorely needed as we again and again face dilemmas which seem to demand as the price of solution the sacrifice of righteousness More The Vital Cell By Rufus M Jones 1941 As usual Rufus Jones does not skirt the issues What is it we were born to do for what mission came we into the world as the bearers and exponents As I see our mission across the years behind us and in front of us it is to demonstrate and exhibit a type of religion which reveals the life of God in the lives of men More The Practice of The Love of God By Kenneth Boulding 1942 God is love How do you respond to these three words With this provocative query Kenneth Boulding begins an investigation into faith and practice in the midst of a world at war It is our duty to seek emotional truth as it is to seek intellectual truth and indeed as we seek them we shall find that they are not two truths but one More Two Worlds By Henry J Cadbury 1944 Henry Cadbury brings his reflections to illuminate the problem of opposites the difficulty of making choices in a world where ambiguity predominates The problem exists he maintains in many cases because we consider our options as either or instead of both and More The Light Within as Redemptive Power By Cecil E Hinshaw 1945 Cecil Hinshaw is not satisfied with the course set by Friends Satisfied with mediocrity contented with our comfortable plans for a secure future pleased that our sins are seemingly small and overlooked by others who likewise do not desire complete purity More The City of God And The City of Man By Gilbert H Kilpack 1946 Days after the holocaust of Hiroshima Gilbert Kilpack addressed us Behold in peace is my bitterest bitterness the words of the prophet Isaiah say what our hearts should say but cannot Though our hearts break with bitterness we are dumb or we chatter without sense

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  • Pendle Hill Pamphlets
    a theological seminary or a school for social workers As in the case of other vital movements small or large the idea motivating this experiment seeks embodiment in pamphlets Pendle Hill pamphlets like the early Christian or the early Quaker tracts present a variety of viewpoints all in some way derived from another fundamental idea Variety is evidence of life cold uniformity presages death But why pamphlets Why not more books or magazine articles or posters The typical pamphlet has certain characteristics which make it an apt vehicle for experimental thought It should be the right length to be read easily at a single sitting It should portray a single thesis without wandering from it It must be concerned with a topic of contemporary though not necessarily topical importance And a Quaker pamphlet like a Quaker sermon must embody a concern Though these qualifications have never been used as a systematic checklist by our Publications Committee in choosing manuscripts they have generally applied to the more than 420 pamphlets we have issued since Vincent Nicholson s Cooperation and Coercion as Methods of Social Change began our series in 1934 Some of these pamphlets have been written by persons who have

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  • Quaker Universalist Fellowship Pamphlets
    her pilgrimages to Israel India and Greece She found that the journey to universalism is a journey to the universe 1991 The Boundaries of our Faith A Reflection on the Practice of Goddess Spirituality in New York Yearly Meeting From the Perspective of a Universalist Friend by Daniel Seeger This is a thoughtful account of events that started with a women s weekend at Powell House NYYM s conference center and ended at that year s Yearly Meeting sessions Seeger consulted with the Friends involved and has noted where their perspectives differed from his QUF is indeed privileged to be able to publish this important document Hearing Where The Words Come From Four Perspectives Tom Ceresini Mickey Edgerton Al Roberts and Sally Rickerman heeded the comment made by a non English speaking American Indian listening to John Woolman I love to hear where the words come from Sharing the wide variety of religious experience which shaped each s faith all present were able to hear the Spirit and not let words interfere with deep understanding 1992 The Quaker Dynamic Personal Faith and Corporate Vision by Douglas Gwyn Gwyn tells of his concern that Friends need focus to reclaim the unique Christian spirituality of Quakerism as the shared core of our faith Here he distinguishes between personal faith and shared witness rejoicing in the light shining in lives of other religionists 1992 The Light upon the Candlestick by Peter Balling QUF takes great pride in presenting a 1663 Quaker tract which argues for the authenticity of inward experience This pamphlet also has a summary by Rufus Jones in its preface The Epilogue reports on newly discovered connections between Quakers the Collegiants and Spinosa 1663 1992 Spirit and Trauma by Gene Knudsen Hoffman During a time of mental illness Knudsen Hoffman explored the relationship between religion and psychological health Insights gained and meaningful meditations from Quakerism Zen Buddhism and Hasidic Judaism are shared with readers 1994 The Place of Prayer Is A Precious Habitation by John Nicholson John summarizes for Friends the testimony of John Woolman about his rich and varied prayer life He also helps us understand how it moved from direct prayer to living the spirit of prayer 1994 Quakerism A Mature Religion for Today by David Hodgkin This view of Quakerism as a body defined by its form of worship the quality of its community and its service to the world is presented by a presiding clerk who later became secretary of Australia Yearly Meeting He states that Quakerism is centered toward a God not cramped by definitions which will satisfy some and estrange others 1971 1995 A Quaker Approach to the Bible by Henry J Cadbury Given at Guilford College s 1953 Ward Lecture Cadbury s exposition of the Quaker approach is today still germaine to Friends as he carries on a long tradition The first evidence of the distinctive was first seen by Samuel Fisher deemed by some as the most radical Biblical scholar of the 17th

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  • Other Quaker Publications
    Fellowship a number of lectures have been sponsored by various organizations in this country and elsewhere This section collects these materials as they are found and made available to the world on the web Scanning and posting these pamphlets is an on going project and additional pamphlets will be added to this website You can be notified when additions are made by sending email to webmaster pamphlets quaker org Quakerism and Politics By Frederick B Tolles The Ward Lecture 1956 There are the two poles that Tolles discusses in this pamphlet He views the history of Quakerism as an oscillation between extremes and the main purpose of his lecture is to trace historically the path of that oscillation to underline some of the dilemmas in which Friends have found themselves in relation to politics and if possible to draw from the record some conclusions which may have contemporary relevance More The Doctrines of Elias Hicks By Samuel M Janney A Chapter from the History of the Religious Society of Friends 1867 Hicksite Friends are held responsible by some for the Quaker schism of 1827 28 After this separation Elias Hicks s followers called themselves the Liberal branch of the Society

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  • Quaker Pamphlets: October Updates
    the evil that is in the world nor compromise with it Peace and Tranquility The Quaker Witnesses By Ira De A Reid 1958 Speaking to an era when the cold war was being fought with a vengeance Dr Reid a social scientist has thoughtful words on the value of Quaker witness and testimony The Quaker inward peace is at once scientifically tenable and spiritually propitious It will permit its holders to have a religion of healthy mindedness rather than one of weary sin sick souls Pendle Hill Pamphlets The earliest of the series are now available Cooperation and Coercion as Methods of Social Change php001 by Vincent D Nicholson 1934 This paper is an introduction to a study of how our civilization addresses conflict resolution through either cooperation or coercion Vincent Nicholson is careful to define these terms and to focus the discussion on the moral issues which are involved A Religious Solution to the Social Problem php002 by Howard H Brinton 1935 Howard Brinton the Dean of Pendle Hill defined the most significant social problem of his day as one of excessive individualism The remedy he seeks is one which counters that syndrome and at the same time respects

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  • Quaker Pamphlets: May 2005 Updates
    considers two important components of Quaker meetings how to build a sense of community and the work that goes on in Meeting for Worship War Is The Enemy php015 by A J Muste 1942 A J Muste has been a Quaker spokesman for non violence and peaceful resolution of conflicts He is well known for his positions yet his writings have not been widely available The Self to the Self php035 by Dora Willson 1946 Prompted by the second of Jesus great commandments you shall love your neighbor as yourself Dora Willson writes searchingly about how we should love ourselves Are Your Meetings Held In The Life php037 by Margaret M Cary 1945 Writing in the early 1940 s Margaret Cary presents a classic view of the role of women in the Meeting But she easily goes beyond the culturally dated view and shines a light on the persistent need for communication for fellowship for visitation The Prophetic Element in Modern Art php148 by Dorothea Blom 1966 Dorothea begins with a not so innocent disclaimer Art never lies And from there this noted art historian gives us a brief survey of modern art and how art appears to echo the

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  • Quaker Pamphlets: August 2005 Updates
    that we occasionally deny ourselves in order to contribute to some good cause we continue to be weighty Friends and important people in our communities but we have not known the life and power and spirit of those who have dared to be prophets of God Pendle Hill Pamphlets The Discipline of Prayer php042 by Frederick J Tritton 1948 Frederick Tritton explores prayer meditation and contemplation as practices which have led him to a greater spirituality and he suggests that we also could benefit from a disciplined practice The Faith of an Ex Agnostic php046 by Carol R Murphy 1949 Carol Murphy s essay is a reflection on her journey from agnosticism to faith Her philosopy is not so much the record as the result and rationalization of an inward change which touched depths of the personality unplumbed by conscious reasoning Search A Personal Journey through Chaos php052 by Ruth Domino 1950 Search a Personal Journey through Chaos is a narrative of first hand experience rehearsing with exquisite discernment memories of temporal events connected by a single thread of eternal validity Anna Brinton Prophetic Ministry php054 by Howard H Brinton 1950 In this essay Howard Brinton presents his Dudleian Lecture which was delivered at Harvard University on April 26 1949 He explains at the beginning that the term prophetic indicates in a single word the basic theory of Quaker ministry He who appears in the ministry in a Quaker meeting is at least theoretically a prophet in the sense that he or she is an instrument through which God speaks to the congregation Quaker Strongholds php059 by Caroline Stephen 1951 To the study of Quakerism Caroline Stephen brought the judgment of an intellectual person who came into contact with the Society of Friends at a mature age after having closely

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