Quaker Resources

The presence in the Midst

The Presence in the Midst: worship in the Jordens Meeting House, Buckinghamshire, England

My homepage (self introduction) is at genehillman.wordpress.com (if link does not work, cut and paste it into a new browser window). I also have a page at QuakerQuaker and at Facebook. See my article in Friends Journal “Quaker Religious Education for Adults.”

I am creating this page as a repository for links useful to those in my workshops and classes. Note that on this page. There are many more exhaustive lists of resources. This list is limited to those I have found useful in my teaching. When I have found something online I have linked to that, else I have linked QuakerBooks if they sell it. In some cases I give both (e.g. library recommendations).

Russ Nelson maintains a large list of Quaker links at quaker.org

Woodbrooke talks by Ben Pink Dandelion: “A Very Brief Introduction to Quakerism” are available as podcasts

Earlham School of Religion hosts the Quaker Information Center as well as maintains the Digital Quaker Collection of historic texts.

Several other sites of interest with early, and not so early, documents:

Six books to start a Quaker library

Basic Quakerism (a.k.a. Quakerism 101)

Basic Quakerism usually has six sessions and the basic readings are two chapters a week in Brinton, extracts from Faith & Practice (each yearly meeting has its own, Philadelphia’s is online), Bible selections where appropriate, and maybe a Pendle Hill or Tract Association pamphlet. Each session is 90 minutes to two hours divided into lecture and discussion, and worship sharing (or continued discussion) portions. An example (just an example, all teachers do it differently, and without F&P readings) follows:

  1. Quaker roots: Readings are from Brinton (Introduction and chapter one) and the Bible Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; John 1:9; 15:12-17
  2. Quaker beliefs: Readings are Brinton chapters 2 & 3, but I might also recommend selections from Wilmer Cooper’s A Living Faith which I sometimes use as the basic text if the meeting has already used Brinton.
  3. Meeting for Worship:  Readings are Brinton, pages 73-120 and Bill Tabor’s Four Doors to Meeting for Worship (PHP #306)
  4. Meeting for Business: Readings are Brinton chapters 6 & 7, Matthew 18, and Barry Morley’s Beyond Consensus (PHP #307)
  5. Testimonies: Readings are Brinton, chapter 8, and Wilmer Coopers “Integrity” (PHP 296), and or Sandra Cronk’s “Peace Be with You” (online at the Tract Association of Friends). Read the Bible James 4:1-3; 5:12
  6. Quakers around the world: Readings are from Brinton chapter 9-10 and the Historical Update pp. 269-281. See also “A Brief History of the Branches of Friends” (Earlham Quaker Info Ctr). FWCC provides a map. See also the four main groupings of Friends: Friends General Conference (FGC) of which we in PhiYM are a member, Friends United Meeting Christ Centered Friends in Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, Evangelical Friends International around the world, and there are the Conservative (Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina) and the independent (Beanite) yearly meetings. In addition see the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Quaker Earthcare Witness.

Other courses

  • Faith & Witness (a.k.a. The Testimonies or Quakerism 201) – Another course I have taught focuses on the testimonies. The structure is more flexible. It always starts with a session on what the testimonies are, using simplicity as an example. The second session is on peace, but after that each meeting will decide what to study. If this decision is made at the first class it gives the teacher time to prepare the succeeding sessions.
  • Bible – A six week course with sessions on each of the three sections of the Tanakh: Torah, Prophets and Writings; and in the Christian scriptures the synoptic gospels, John and the Revelation, and the letters. Passages of particular importance to Friends are identified.
peaceable kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks; depiction of Isiah 11. Note in the background left William Penn making his treaty with the Lenape.

Resources for Quakers and the Bible

Some Early Quaker Documents

George Fox:

James Naylor:

Epistle from the Elders at Balby Peace Testimony of 1660 (or 1661 on the new calendar) Isaac Penington:

Robert Barclay:

William Penn:

John Woolman:

Some more recent documents

(Richmond) Declaration of Faith Some 20th Century Documents

Peace Resources: two lists of hot links and something I wrote.

Theology of the Light

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