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2016: Everyday Prophets

Margery Post Abbott explores the interplay between faith and action, drawing on her wide range of experiences as a scholar, activist, sailor and Quaker.

Taking an ethical stance, acting on the concern for justice and the yearning for peace, does much to open hearts. Yet some activists get burnt out or caught up in the tangle of power or pride, becoming what they were resisting. Friends have always asserted that there is a source of strength and guidance that, paraphrasing William Penn, changes the human heart so that each person might better change the world. This Spirit fuels the work for which Friends are most known.

ISBN 9780992385767 (Paperback)

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2015: This We Can Do: Quaker faith in action through the Alternatives to Violence Project

Quakers have had a big influence on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) from its beginning in 1975. This is consistent with their emphasis on seeking ‘that of God in everyone’ and their commitment to finding nonviolent ways to respond to conflict. In this lecture, drawing on long experience, Sally Herzfeld outlines the remarkable development of AVP within prisons, schools and social groups, and its spread to 60 countries. The philosophy and processes used in AVP workshops are explained in a way that makes it clear why this approach has changed many lives and helped build more peaceful communities.

ISBN 9780992385729 (Paperback)

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2014: ‘Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness’
Bringing children into the centre of Quaker life and worship

The Quakers’ Advices and Queries says to rejoice in the presence of children and recognise their gifts. But how do you share your deepest beliefs with children, while leaving them free to develop as the spirit of God may lead them? This lecture advocates methods such as time in natural outdoor settings and nurturing young leadership and social activism by our kids.

Inspired by famous Quaker leaders who were only children themselves, such as founder George Fox and the children of Reading Meeting, Tracy Bourne addresses these issues and concerns with excitement for the future of the youngest Quakers.

This lecture examines the Quaker tradition of spiritual activism to argue that we need children and young people to energise us and help us prepare for difficult times ahead.

ISBN 9780992385705 (Paperback)

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2013: A Quaker Astronomer Reflects: Can a scientist also be religious?

World renowned astronomer and Quaker Jocelyn Bell Burnell reflects on the big issues confronting scientists who also have a strong spiritual belief system. How can the principles of science be reconciled with the faith required by religion? Does scientific investigation call into question the givens of religion? While specific to her Quaker beliefs, Burnell’s reflections apply to many other religions as well.

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2012: From the Inside Out: Observations on Quaker work at the United Nations

A systematic and inspiring examination of Quakers’ involvement in achieving non-violent international outcomes, e.g. working against landmines and the small arms problem.
Poses a challenge to Quakers worldwide to increase their effectiveness by communicating what they are doing, and the lessons learned, to each other and to the world.

ISBN 9780646569383 (Paperback)

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2011: A Demanding and Uncertain Adventure: Exploration of a concern for Earth restoration

This lecture illuminates the original state of Earth, how humans have affected its environment, and provides theology and sustainable methods for restoring Earth to health.

ISBN 9780980325874 (Paperback)

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2010: Finding Our Voice: Our truth, community and journey as Australian Young Friends

Discusses the various ways Young Friends (Quakers aged 16 to 30-ish) create and participate in community, both spiritually and practically.

Includes open and honest dialogues about the personal experiences of Young Friends.

Closes with an encouragement to Young Friends looking to the future of the Quakers.

ISBN 9780980325876 (Paperback)

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2009: The Quaking Meeting: Transforming our selves, our meetings and the more-than-human world

Explores Christian meditation and silence from theological, mystical, and practical viewpoints.

Examines common experiences of the Quakers’ Meetings for Worship.

ISBN 9780980325829 (Paperback)

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2008: Faith, Hope & Doubt in times of uncertainty: Combining the realms of scientific and spiritual inquiry

Presents the key arguments and viewpoints regarding issues of conflict between science and spirituality.

Suggests an alternative viewpoint that reconciles science and spirituality by a new form of morality and altruistic ethics.

ISBN 9780980325812 (Paperback)

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Sally Herzfeld

Sally’s AVP journey started in 2002 when she trained in Acacia Prison for men, to become a facilitator. She considers herself very lucky since then to have been able to facilitate workshops in schools, prisons and with different community groups around Australia and in other countries.

Although family time with the three children, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren takes priority, Sally is chair of the board of a women’s refuge, joins refugee women for cooking and handcraft activities, and is treasurer of AVP WA. She is grateful for her very full and interesting life.