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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.

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, July 29 - August 2. Addional information will be posted to the
Annual Sessions Page as they become available.

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.