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Day 11: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a Lutheran theologian, writer, poet, musician and educator. Raised in Germany, he was safe in London at the outbreak of WWII. Instead of staying there, he returned to Germany to join the resistance movements and to advocate on behalf of the Jews, including being involved in Operation 7, a rescue mission that helped a small group of Jews escape to Switzerland. 144 more words

Day 9: Elise Boulding

Elise Boulding was a Quaker sociologist and author credited as a major contributor to creating the academic discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies. She wrote extensively on topics ranging from family as a foundation for peace to Quaker spirituality to reinventing the international “global culture.” She viewed listening at the key to advancing world peace and nonviolence. 133 more words

Low pay in church: I hate to say it, but the Sun's right

It’s a rare day that I find myself agreeing with the Sun.

The Sun has run a front-page piece today about the fact that various parts of the Church of England are advertising jobs at below the recognised Living Wage. 471 more words


The One Who Is to Come?

The following vocal ministry was offered during worship on June 12, 1994 and recorded afterwards in my journal.

The Synoptic tradition relates that when Jesus was asked by disciples of the imprisoned John the Baptist, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” 308 more words


D is for Discourse

Although I don’t call the kind of analysis of language I do “discourse analysis” – it arises from different sources to the academic practice known technically by that name – as a method, it has a lot in common and I do end up identifying some ‘discourses’ around the topics which interest me. 580 more words

Early Quaker History

This information was originally presented to the meeting for a “Quakerism 101″ course by Eva Hersh on 4/13/2003. It was later revised by other members of Homewood Meeting. 5,642 more words


Nine Questions About Friends

Who are the Quakers?
Quakers are members of the Religious Society of Friends, a community which began in England over three hundred and fifty years ago. 995 more words