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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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