Quaker Universalist Voice

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Quaker Challenge

Freedom Evolves, Daniel C. Dennett (Viking Adult, 2003; Penguin paperback,  2004) …


What Do We Know About Bible Values?

Adults are puzzled.  Students are skeptical.  Parents are fearful. What can the Bible say that is helpful for ethical discernment and how do we trust the Bible on these subjects?  The Bible appears to many as sexist, violent, homophobic…


What Influences What?

Lewis Dartnell, Origins: How Earth’s History Shaped Human History   (2019) reminds us that we are dirt and that dirt makes human history.  We humans…


Higher Education Student Debt

Steven Brint, Two Cheers for Higher Education: Why American Universities Are Stronger Than Ever-and How to Meet the Challenges They Face  (2018) is an optimistic and clarifying presentation of the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges faced by higher education in the…


Our Story

It is a universal human need and challenge to hold a story of the workings of the universe, seeking a simple, clear narrative from experienced complexity in order to understand reality as a whole.   That held story receives some…


The Role of Belief

We all have beliefs and are relying on them as we live our lives.  Should our Quaker beliefs be subject to assessment and, if so, how?  This feels to be a more urgent process in later life as we reflect back on experience, both personal…


Pointless Human Suffering

Suffering is a universal human experience. Some suffering is common to all humans (all ages, genders, and cultures).  Some suffering is unique to humans in particular cultures (honor killings, slavery, and female genital mutilation). …


Our Universal Origin Stories

The Genesis Quest: The Geniuses and Eccentrics on a Journey to Uncover the Origin of Life on Earth , Michael Marshall (U. of Chicago Press, 2020) … …


Reparations for Black Americans

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century , by William A. Darity, Jr., and A. Kirsten Mullen (University of North Carolina Press, 2020)


Consequences of a crime

What Comes After: A Novel , JoAnne Tompkins (Penguin, 2021) … In JoAnne Tompkins' What Comes After: A Novel,