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  • Radiant In Joy  
    by Paul Gilk

    The question is whether people who call themselves Christian are or are not obliged to live their lives to the fullest possible extent in accordance with the ethics and morality of the person they call Lord and Savior. Or does alignment with church, nation, and "civilization" reduce the obligation to a patchwork of creeds, dogmas, and pledges, the heartfelt reiteration of which is sufficient for "salvation?"

  • Hazardous Engagement:  
    God Makes a Friend, by Patricia A. Williams

    This spiritual autobiography, written during 2001 and 2002, is framed as a series of monthly letters to the spiritual presence. The author later discovered that this spiritual presence who had been her teacher during those seven years had taught lessons that were in close accordance with the theology of the first Quakers!

  • Militant Seedbeds Of Early Quakerism  
    Two Essays By David Boulton

    Was Gerrard Winstanley a Quaker? Did he have any direct connection with Quakers? Did George Fox read his books and pamphlets, and was he influenced by them? These questions—the first two, at least—were asked in the seventeenth century, and have been asked again by historians and scholars in the twentieth.

  • In Praise of Gandhi  
    Technology And The Ordering Of Human Relations, by Mulford Q. Sibley

    During the 20th century, Friends were deeply influenced by Gandhi's concept of nonviolent resistance as a tool for social and political change. They have been less sympathetic to his ideas on technology, although as Sibley makes clear, those ideas were rooted in Gandhi's religious beliefs and in a testimony of simplicity not unlike that of traditional Quakers.

  • The Mystical Path
    Pilgrimage To The One Who Is Always Here, by Dan Seeger

    In discussing mysticism, Dan Seeger observes, "As there is given to us some degree of awareness of the ineffable mystery of God we are shown the way to complete ourselves, both as individuals and as communities, in accordance with the principles of compassion and truth which are the basis of our natural and intended character."

  • They Too Are Friends
    A Survey of 199 Nontheist Friends by David Rush

    This pamphlet was published last year in the United Kingdom as Number 11 of The Woodbrooke Journal. With the author's permission and help, it is reprinted here by the Quaker Universalist Fellowship in order to make it more easily available to readers on this side of the Atlantic. (2004)

  • Fifty nine Particulars by George Fox

    The Quaker Universalist Fellowship is happy to make available to 21st-century readers a manifesto addressed by George Fox to the Parliament of England in the year 1659 and not reprinted since that time. We are particularly grateful to Larry Ingle for supplying an introduction that explains this long neglect and sets the pamphlet in historical perspective.(2002)

  • Why Is Man? by Floyd Schmoe

    QUF has edited selections from this book, originally published privately in 1983. This is a small collection of meditations on science, nature, humankind and God. Schmoe was a concerned Friend, a dedicated environmentalist and an active peacemaker. (2001)

  • Waiting and Resting in the True Silence: Three Essays from Friends Bulletin

    These three essays give the experiential reflections of three authors on the meaning of Meeting for Worship to each of them from a universalist perspective. (2001)

  • The Generous Qur'an by Michael Sells

    QUF is privileged to be able to present Sells' sensitive translations of ten of the suras (chapters) of the Qur'an. This gives our readers an opportunity to understand more fully and to appreciate the universality and beauty of the Islamic message. (2001)

  • Growing Up Quaker and Universalist Too by Sally Rickerman

    The author looks back on her journey as a Quaker universalist -- from her ancestral roots in 17th-century Quakerism, to her family's experiences on the American frontier, to her own being a 20th-century Friend by both "nature and nurture". She also reflects on her perceptions of Quakerism and the leadings that have drawn her into working for QUF. (1999)

  • Should Quakers Receive The Good Samaritan Into Their Membership? by Arthur E. Morgan

    As we look today at the world-wide wave of fundamentalism and see the way it threatens to divide both the world and the Religious Society of Friends, many of Morgan's insights speak to us with fresh conviction. (1954, 1998)

  • I Have Called You Friends: A Quaker Universalist's Understanding of Jesus
    by Daniel A. Seeger

    Dan uses John 15:15 to explore his own relationship to and with Jesus and how it effects his universalism. He points out many of the "unresolvable dichotomies ... innate to humankind’s spiritual quest" and the overwhelming unifying quality of love. (1997)

  • 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 century. (1953, 1996)

  • Friends and Other Faiths, by Otto B. van der Sprenkel

    This is the text of the Ninth James Backhouse Lecture given in Canberra at Australia Yearly Meeting, January 7, 1973, and published by Friends at the same time. Among the implications of his title is that Friends themselves have a ‘faith’ or system of beliefs that can usefully be compared or contrasted with ‘other faiths.’ (1973, 1995)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 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.

  • Journey to Universalism by Elizabeth Watson.

    Elizabeth lovingly shares her life's spiritual experiences particularly as she made her pilgrimages to Israel, India and Greece. She found that the journey to universalism is a journey to the universe. (1991)

  • Adventures in Listening by Herb Walters

    Herb Walters has taken his Listening Project successfully to areas of racial, ethnic, and cultural conflict. Here he recounts some of the methods and results of the increasingly used "Listening" to bring seemingly opposed "sides" to mutual understanding and reconciliation. (1990)

  • Varieties of Religious Experience: An Adventure in Listening

    QUF was given an opportunity to truly listen with open hearts to the variety of ways that some of their fellow Friends, from a wide range of theological perspectives, give structure to their lives. (1990)

  • Quaker Universalists: Their Ministry Among Friends and in the World by Daniel Seeger

    Defines the reality of Quaker universalism and reviews the opportunities for the Fellowship to become a reconciling and enriching group among Friends. (1988)

  • The Place of Universalism in the Religious Society of Friends: Is Coexistence Possible? by Daniel Seeger.

    One of four panelists speaking on Quaker "theology" at the 1986 FGC Gathering, Dan traces the universalist strain in Quakerism and reflects on ways to truly share our religious unity. (1986)

  • Revelation and the Religions by Avery Dulles, S.J.

    QUF is pleased to reprint a chapter from the book Models of Revelation written by the then Father Dulles. This distinguished Catholic theologian reveals, through meticulous scholarship, the various positions on Divine revelation taken by both Protestants and Catholics and the "inbuilt tension between particularism and universalism." Cardinal Dulles is the first American theologian named to the College of Cardinals. (1985)


  • Readings For Universalists edited by Ralph Hetherington
    Testimonies of important Quakers both today and yesterday
  • Why Not Join the Unitarians? by Robin Alpern
    Can a non-theist find a home in the Religious Society of Friends?
  • The Authenticity of Liberal Quakerism by Chuck Fager
    An answer to evangelical Quakers from the "Beanite" viewpoint.
  • Toward a New Universalism by Rhoda R. Gilman
    The importance of Quaker mysticism in defining what is Universal.
  • Universalism and Me by Kingdon Swayne
    A non-Christiam Quaker briefly explains his origins and his approach.
  • Walking the Talk by Frank Wood
    A sensitive article by a Friend who continues his search.
  • William Penn, Quaker Universalist
    A discussion of Elizabeth Gray Vinings pamphlet: William Penn, Mystic
  • On Silent Worship by George Amoss Jr.
    What should you be doing during silent worship?
  • The Defining Marks Of Quakerism by Ralph Hetherington
    The inward light as the essence of Quakerism.
  • Reforming Christianity by George Amoss
    The early Quakers combined the apocalyptic, the mystical, and the prophetic.

  • Essays in Radical Quakerism by David Boulton, reviewed by Rhoda Gilman
    Rhoda reviews a collection of articles by David Boulton, a British Quaker historian.

  • The Quaker Universalist Reader edited by Sally Rickerman
    An introduction to our popular reader, as a handout for your meeting.
  • QUF Commonly Held Principles edited by Richard Barnes
    An expression of our ideals to potential subscribers and to the Friends' community.

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