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Updated 08/16/2014 by the
On Saturday August 16, three meetings-Community, Cincinnati, and Eastern Hills Meetings-sponsored an exploration of the spiritual diversity found among Friends. The purpose of the event was to come to a better understanding of the varieties of beliefs within the Religious Society of Friends in the United States-not only between the our major branches, but also the multiplicity of individual experiences within each branch.
Four Friends spoke about what it means to them to be a Quaker. The presenters are members of Friends United Meeting, Evangelical, Conservative, and Friends General Conference meetings, and each has experience with other kinds of Friends. None could be described as "typical." Perhaps in this way, they are typical of our society as a whole.
The day began at 9AM, gathering with bagels, coffee, and other light food. Then, each presenter spoke for about half an hour, followed by a short question and answer time. After lunch, they all interacted with the other presenters. A simple lunch was provided which attendees enjoyed in small groups to allow them to get to know the presenters and each other better and discuss queries associated with the theme of the day's gathering. The event will end at mid-afternoon.
Photos from the event can be found on the
Event Photos Page.
Downloads of the audio files of the presentations are available at the bottom of the Links Page.

Posted 08/08/2014 by
The 2015 Annual Sessions will again take place at Earlham College, but the dates are not yet firm. Addional information will be posted to the
Annual Sessions Page as they become available.

Posted 07/06/2014 by
100 years ago, one of the Earth's most deadly conflicts began: World War I. By the end of "The War to End All Wars," over 37 million people were dead, wounded, or listed missing. "It's a story that we tend to forget," said Ruth Brindle, Curator of the Quaker Heritage Center. "World War I is often overshadowed by World War II, particularly here in the United States, where the war's impact wasn't felt as acutely as it was in Europe. That's why we felt this exhibit - The Pity of War: Words and Images of World War I - is necessary."
The exhibit, which opens on July 28 and will be on display through December12, opens with a brief overview of the chronology of the war itself, then delves into the stories of those who lived through those events as soldiers, civilians, and Conscientious Objectors. "Using the words of these individuals, and highlighting those stories with images from the period, really brings the experience home on a personal level," Brindle noted. Of particular interest to the mission of the Quaker Heritage Center is the inclusion of stories of individual Quakers who registered as Conscientious Objectors or volunteered for relief work in war-torn Europe. That particular interest is why Stephen Angell, Geraldine Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies at Earlham School of Religion, will be the guest lecturer at the exhibit opening. His talk, "A. Neave Brayshaw and the Re-Invigoration of the Quaker Peace Testimony During World War I," will explore the way the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) responded to the War.
The exhibit will be on display at the Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College from July 28 through December 12, 2014. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the last Saturday of each month, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Other special programming is planned for September and November.

Posted 06/07/2014 by the
Olney Friends School in Barnesville, Ohio decided not to lease rights to potentially rich oil and gas reserves under its land for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In so doing, the school aligned itself with a tradition of environmental stewardship echoed in many Friends organizations. It also declined hundreds of thousands of dollars in guaranteed compensation. Still, the school's mission will flourish with financial support from Friends.
Quaker testimonies of community, simplicity, service and stewardship - all intimately connected - shone vibrantly in this process (of discerning how to advance the school's mission while balancing Quaker principles with financial health). In making the decision to forego the riches of fracking and to attempt to save the riches of the earth literally beneath the school and community, Olney Friends School positioned itself as a leader in environmental stewardship.
John Woolman could not foresee the scale and complexity of the world's economies or ecologies, but he set the stage for a tradition of stewardship more than two centuries ago. The school reaches out to Friends now to help it move forward in the Light, and to transform its convictions into opportunities to strengthen the school's future (from Protecting Pastures for Posterity pamphlet) - Check out
Olney's Website for more information.
You can also read the pamphlets from Olney: Protecting Pastures for Posterity and Olney's Stance on Stewardship.

Updated 06/07/2014 by the
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Posted 06/07/2014 by the
I am requesting your help in completing a unique and powerful documentary film about Quakers, peace and nonviolent soul force. Our film has a mission: to use the example of Costa Rica’s demilitarization to generate conversations about reducing military spending in the U.S. and redirecting government funds towards investments in human needs. Our film features completed interviews with, among many others, Costa Rican Quakers, Oscar Arias (the former President of Costa Rica and Nobel peace-prize winner), who offers pointed critiques of U.S. militarism, and Arun Gandhi (Gandhi’s grandson, who lived with and was mentored by Gandhi as a teenager), who praises Costa Rica’s experiment in nonviolence.
The film covers Costa Rica’s decision to abolish their army in 1948 and to invest in universal health care and education, as well as the impressive and hopeful consequences of these decisions over the past 65 years. Our film also features interviews with three of the original Quakers who left Alabama, objecting to the permanent war economy of the U.S., and who settled in Costa Rica in 1951, where they still live. In this film, they tell their story and make a powerful peace witness.
Michael Dreiling (Sociology professor, University of Oregon) and I (Matthew Eddy, Sociology professor, Minot State University) are the co-producers and co-directors of this film. Although Michael and I have donated all of our labor, our film project is faced with an urgent need to raise more funds to complete the film. Aside from a small grant from the Jubitz Family Foundation and the War Prevention Initiative, our strongest supporters have been Quakers. The Fifteenth Street Friends Meeting in New York City and the Eugene Friends Meeting in Eugene, Oregon have donated significant funds. This Kickstarter Campaign actually grew out of a Clearness Committee meeting with the Friends in Eugene.
I hope you will be able to set aside 3 ½ minutes to watch our film trailer on our
Bold Peace website, or our Kickstarter page, and to begin to discern whether your Yearly Meeting might be able to support us with a financial gift. A gift of $1,000 will help a great deal. We would be so proud to be able to list the names of several Quaker Yearly Meetings in the U.S. as supporters in our film credits. The campaign ends on November 17.

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