Quaker Universalist Conversations


Universalist Quakerism: A Seedbeed for Change

Over the past months and years there has been much discussion of the universalism and mysticism inherent in traditional Quaker practices. A recent book (Andrew Cornell, Oppose and Propose! Lessons from Movement for a New Society, AK Press , 2011) suggests to me that…

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Lights are back on!

The QUF blog has “gone dark” for nearly three months—a blackout that requires some explanation. This long lapse was owing partly to a technical glitch, and partly to personal obligations which have taken up vast amounts of my time, and which I will discuss…

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A Quaker looks at incivility

Timothy L. Phillips, Ryan D. King, Incivility: The Rude Stranger in Everyday Life (2010) 230 pp., $30.00. A review by Larry Spears. … How recently and often has anyone pushed…

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Unless We Change

By Rachel Stacy … While my last post reveled some of my inadequacies around safety, security, and fear, when I consulted my notes for what to write about next, I found that the keynote speaker at the opening plenary spoke directly to the issue of fear and how it plays a role in…

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Fear Not!

By Rachel Stacy … During our training as stewards we participated in a seminar on safety and security. Kingston, Jamaica, is recognized as one of the most dangerous cities in the world and in such a climate the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (

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Welcoming the Stranger

By Rachel Stacy … Way opened so that my role as a steward at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) in Kingston, Jamaica, was to help out at the registration/info table. With two other stewards and two fantastic World Council of Churches…

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World Peace and Prayer Days

By Rhoda Gilman … In the last issue of Universalist Friends, published in August, 2010, a “Plea for Universal Interfaith Efforts” appeared. (It can still be read at universalistfriends.org.) The letter was signed by Arvol Looking Horse, a Lakota spiritual…

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