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
Several other sites of interest with early, and not so early, documents:
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library – search on “Quaker” – of note is Hannah Whitall Smith
- Glenside (Pa) Friends Meeting (independent) – Quaker Heritage Press
- George Amoss’ Quaker Electronic Archive
- Kirk Wattles’ Street Corner Society, also with texts by Diggers and Levelers
- Tract Association of Friends
Six books to start a Quaker library
- The Discipline, or book of Faith & Practice of your yearly meeting (that of Philadelphia YM is online)
- The Journal of George Fox: Order the nickels edition from Quaker Books, or read the Rufus Jones edition online at the Street Corner Society
- Barclay’s Apology: order from Quaker Books or read online at Quaker Heritage Press.
- The Journal of John Woolman: order from Quaker Books, or read the Whittier edition online at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly
- A good history: I recommend The Quakers by Barbour, and Frost (now out of print in paper, check your meeting library) or John Punshon’s Portrait in Grey order from Quaker Books (orientated more to the British experience).
- In addition, I usually use Howard Brinton’s Friends for 350 Years (an update of Friends for 300 Years) when I teach Basic Quakerism. I have also used Wilmer Cooper’s A Living Faith if the meeting has already read Brinton.
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:
- 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
- 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.
- Meeting for Worship: Readings are Brinton, pages 73-120 and Bill Tabor’s Four Doors to Meeting for Worship (PHP #306)
- Meeting for Business: Readings are Brinton chapters 6 & 7, Matthew 18, and Barry Morley’s Beyond Consensus (PHP #307)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Resources for Quakers and the Bible
- Bible Gateway has many translations into English and many other languages. For the (Catholic) New American Bible click here.
- Henry Cadbury’s lecture (1953) “A Quaker Approach to The Bible”
- My talk at Gwynedd Meeting in 2002: Early Friends Use of the Bible. My thinking has developed since then.
- A Friendly Bible Study by by Joanne and Larry Spears.
- Susan Jeffers’ Peace Church Bible Study home page
- Friends and the Bible by Bill Samuel
- Michael Birkel’s Engaging Scripture
- The Quaker Bible Reader ed. by Buckley and Angell.
Some Early Quaker Documents
- No Cross, No Crown
- Primitive Christianity Revived
- Some Fruits of Solitude
- Advice to His Children. Note: last paragraph equates the Holy Spirit with the transcendent spoken of by pagan philosophers.
Some more recent documents
(Richmond) Declaration of Faith Some 20th Century Documents
- Hugh Barbour: Five Tests for Discerning a True Leading
- The Inward Light by Samuel D. Caldwell, at Freedom Friends Church, Salem OR
- Sandra Cronk: Peace Be with You
- Thomas Kelly: The Gathered Meeting
- Lewis Benson: A Revolutionary Gospel
Peace Resources: two lists of hot links and something I wrote.
- A Minneapolis Friends Meeting
- at ESR’s Quaker Information Center
- A paper I delivered at the International Consultation of Historic Peace Churches at The Bienenberg near Basel, Switzerland in 2001 “Quakers and the Lamb’s War: A Hermeneutic for Confronting Evil” (published in Quest)
Theology of the Light
- Mary Blackmar Inner Light
- A Conservative understanding of The Inward Light from Ohio Yearly Meeting’s web site
- Howard Brinton’s Light and Life in the Fourth Gospel PHP #179 online
- Transformation of the Light: Jungian Thought and 20th Century Friends by Margery Post Abbott (at FCRP)
- See Peter Bien’s Pendle Hill Pamphlet (#384) The Mystery of Quaker Light