Volume Eleven, Number Two
Fall 2-12
Editor: Chuck Fager
Associate Editors: Stephen W. Angell & Ann K. Riggs
ISSN 1526-7482

Cover Art: Detail from “Heaven and Earth Together,” by James A. Ham.

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Introduction to Issue #21

This is a packed issue, full of high-content, substantive thought and reporting. First, there are two updates by Associate Editor Stephen Angell on the continuing conflict in Indiana Yearly Meeting. They continue our detailed coverage of this significant episode, a record not available elsewhere. Yet a preoccupation with current foibles can easily become a kind […]

The Proposed Split of Indiana Yearly Meeting: What Its Monthly Meetings Say

By Stephen W. Angell Editor’s Introduction September 11th. Is there a more ominous date on the contemporary American calendar? Now, 9-11 has become a landmark date for Indiana Yearly Meeting (IYM), in a manner eerily reminiscent of its traumatic meaning for society at large. On September 11, 2012, IYM Meetings were notified that the long […]

William Bartram: The Moral Philosophy of a Quaker Botanist

Sarah Werner William Bartram (1739-1823) was one of the first scientists to explore the southern colonies of the United States in the 18th century. He is best known for his widely popular account of his journey, Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the […]

A Letter from William Bartram, 1792

William Bartram to Benjamin Smith Barton Responding to a missing letter from Barton, inquiring about medicines and remedies among Indian groups in the Carolinas down to Florida that Bartram had visited during his botanical explorations. With the letter Barton sent a book on Indian lore. Spelling is as in the original. Kingsessring [Pennsylvania]December 29, 1792My […]

Beyond Liberalism: Rufus Jones and Thomas Kelly in the History of Liberal Religion

Guy Aiken It was Monday, December 19, 1938, a little over a month since the Day of Broken Glass, and three American Quakers were holding impromptu worship in Berlin. They were in the headquarters of the Gestapo, and two Gestapo officers had just left the room to discuss with their superior the Quakers’ proposal to […]

“American Religion, Contemporary Trends”*

Reviewed by Chuck Fager Most Quaker groups I know of worry about growing. Whether they call it “outreach” or evangelism, whether they preach about it endlessly or only whisper furtively in the hallways, the desire, the need for more members and attenders hangs over Friends like an ever-present specter.  This concern (obsession?) is as prevalent […]

“Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet”*

Reviewed by Chuck Fager In early August 2012, a large Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California was hit by an explosion and fire, disrupting production of as much as 240,000 barrels a day. About two weeks later, at the huge Amuay refinery in Venezuela, an explosion and fire killed more than forty people and shut […]

About the Contributors

Guy Aiken is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, specializing in American Religions. Though he is not affiliated with a Monthly Meeting, he helped coordinate the summer 2010 Young Adult Leadership Development (YALD) program at Pendle Hill. In fall 2010 the Canadian Quaker History Journal published his article on Thomas […]