About Quaker Heron Press
Using the Pendle Hill pamphlets as a base we added many of the William Penn Lectures. These lectures were supported by the Young Friends’ Movement of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which was organized on Fifth month thirteenth, 1916, at Race Street Meeting House in Philadelphia, for the purpose of closer fellowship. Forty-four lectures were given between 1916 and 1966 when the lectures were laid down.
Adding nearly the entire series of pamphlets from the Quaker Universalist Fellowship provides a library for seasoned Quakers as well as seekers from around the world. QUF pamphlets include introspective pieces from renowned Friends, historical overviews and incisive book reports.
In 2007 the Quaker Heron Press branched out into Print-on-Demand publishing, and continues that effort today.
Yeshu: A Novel for the Open-Hearted
by Charles David Kleymeyer
Yeshu: A Novel for the Open-Hearted is a lyrical retelling of the New Testament saga known by some as “the greatest story ever told.” The book invites its readers in to join a storytelling carpenter called Yeshu, his young neighbors Daavi and Shoshana, and a band of fellow seekers on a journey brimming with lessons, laughter, and beauty, that forever alters their lives, and still impacts ours.
The tale Daavi shares was written for readers of all ages and spiritual backgrounds—by Charles David Kleymeyer, an established writer, culture and development sociologist, performing storyteller, and Quaker activist.
Faith & Practice 2013
Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends
The 2013 Draft of the proposed revision to the Faith and Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting reflects not only the work of the Faith and Practice Revision Committee but the reflections of individuals throughout the Yearly Meeting. This edition is the Second Reading offered for approval at the 2013 Annual Session of Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
We listened and we heard the questions that were asked and the suggestions that were made. We heard that many Friends were excited about the proposed Faith & Practice, that questions were posed by the revision that Friends had not been fully considered before, that some procedures were clarified, that some queries led to deep introspection, and that some statements posed challenges which led Friends on a new journey.
Trouble? What’s That?
Collected Family Tales
by Judith Reynolds Brown
This is no ordinary memoir…the title may suggest it’s about trouble, but its really about two families who have consistently resisted being stopped when they encounter trouble. If the Browns or Reynolds met trouble in what they chose to do, they nonetheless remained determined, set on adventure…It’s about two families who initially chose and still choose to remain upbeat when happenings hit at them. They know how to hit back with fairly decisive blows of optimism.
It could also be said that this is a book containing accounts of several “good” deaths. Deaths that were not allowed to gain dominion over the one who died or the living left behind. This book has amazing stories of those who live ordinary risk prone lives, take risks expectantly, and turn them into small successes.
Index of Pendle Hill Pamphlets
by Pendle Hill Publications
Many remarkable gifts have come out of the Pendle Hill experience, but few are more remarkable than the series of Pendle Hill Pamphlets, ongoing now for seventy-eight years. Conceived as the published equivalent of messages spoken in a Friends’ meeting for worship, these brief essays reflect the range and vision of unprogrammed Quaker religious thought and practice.
Among the authors represented here are a handful of famous names, such as Toynbee, Weil, and Buber. But for the most part the pamphlets are the works of a “cloud of witnesses” distinguished primarily for their spirit and expressiveness. And while there are recurring themes among them (peace, worship, art), the four hundred-plus titles cover almost as many topics.
Faith & Practice 2012
Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends
The 2012 Draft of the proposed revision to the Faith and Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting reflects not only the work of the Faith and Practice Revision Committee but the reflections of individuals throughout the Yearly Meeting. This edition is the First Reading offered for approval at the 2013 Annual Session of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon
Quaker Spirituality from Inside/Out
Edited by John Surr, Judith Larsen, and Pardee Lowe Jr.
The goal of Inside/Out was to create in written form a virtual Quaker Meeting for Worship. Authors sought to share deeply with each other and allow insights to gather and grow, the way thoughts come and flourish in the spoken ministry of an actual meeting, letting the inside out and the outside in.
Over the years, a widening circle of authors joined the “duck pond.” Friends discovered voices that needed to be heard, perspectives that needed to be honored, and other seekers with whom they could hold hands through the written word. This collection offers a selection of some of the most memorable messages: poems, letters, insights, and “spiritual explorations” of all types.
Fifty Years at Langley Hill Friends Meeting
Celebrating our Worship, Friendship, and Witness Together
Authored by Langley Hill Friends
Edited by Susan Rose Hills
This book came together with the help of many members of the Langley Hill community, past and present. They shared their lived experience of our early history as a meeting, their memories of our life as a community, and their first-hand knowledge of our witness. Any work of this kind owes a final clear debt to a single source: to the promptings of the Spirit, who nudged so many of us to set down this history. It is, finally, a love story – the story, so far, of that Spirit and Langley Hill Meeting.
Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon
Faith & Practice 2011
Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends
The 2011 Draft of the proposed revision to the Faith and Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting reflects not only the work of the Faith and Practice Revision Committee but the reflections of individuals throughout the Yearly Meeting. Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon
Thomas O. Rose
“When does a journey begin? With the first step out the door, as the Chinese say? And if that’s so, are we free to go in any direction? Or do we take a direction predetermined by our family history, conscious or unconscious? Are we really free or do we carry as a compass within us the ambitions and limits of generations gone before?”
So begins an intimate story of a family, a personal reminiscence of history that sets the stage for many lives. This investigation of origins, of backgrounds and backlights provides a context in which lives today can be interpreted…
Faith & Practice 2010
Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends
The 2010 Draft of the proposed revision to the Faith and Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting reflects not only the work of the Faith and Practice Revision Committee but the reflections of individuals throughout the Yearly Meeting. Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon
Seeking the Sense of the Meeting
A History of Friends Meeting of Washington
Every two decades since its incorporation in 1930, Friends Meeting of Washington has given an account of those aspects of its life that most bear remembering and most fully convey a sense of its spiritual growth and challenges. This history of the Meeting from 1972 to 1992 is particularly notable because of events that brought the Meeting to a deeper sense of its divine leadings.
Celebrating 75 years at Friends Meeting of Washington
Anniversaries are a time for reflection and renewal. And so it was in 2005 and early 2006 as Friends Meeting of Washington celebrated its 75th anniversary with a series of talks by notable Friends that looked both backward and into the future. The talks referred to this unique position of FMW in covering the history of Quakers in America and Washington and in considering the challenges that faced Friends at the beginning of the 21st Century.
The Wisdom of John Woolman
by Reginald Reynolds
In 1948 Reginald Reynolds first published The Wisdom of John Woolman, an intimate review of Woolman’s life, his principles, and his writings. The brief history is followed by three chapters of quotations from the many texts Woolman produced. The final chapter includes “John Woolman and the 20th Century’, a republication of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #96. Copies are available from CreateSpace, Amazon, or your local book store.
Faith and Practice
The 2009 Draft of the proposed revision to the Faith and Practice of Baltimore Yearly Meeting reflects not only the work of the Faith and Practice Revision Committee but the reflections of individuals and Meetings throughout the Yearly Meeting. Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon
A History of Baltimore Yearly Meeting
by Bliss Forbush
In 1972 Bliss Forbush, Quaker, educator, author and historian published the “History of Baltimore Yearly Meeting of Friends,” a comprehensive look at the growth, the changes, the issues and the personalities which shaped our Yearly Meeting. Out of print for several years, BYM has now republished this volume. Copies are available from CreateSpace and Amazon
Quaker Universalist Reader Number 3
Universalism and Spirituality
Forty-one Quakers from Great Britain and the United States write about Universalism and Spirituality: God as Metaphor; What God?; Spiritual Experiences; Spiritual Journeys; Spirituality and Mysticism; Spirituality and Science. Essays by David Boulton, Ralph Hetherington, Margery Post Abbott, Gene Knudsen Hoffman and many others address spirituality in an honest and revealing fashion. The mission of The Quaker Universalist Fellowship is to foster the understanding that within everyone is a directly accessible spiritual light that can lead people to equality, simplicity, justice, compassion and peace. QUF has excerpted essays and articles from our Journal and that of the Quaker Universalist Group, our British counterpart. Copies are available from QUF Bookstore and Amazon
Quaker Universalist Reader Number 2
Universalism and Religions
Thirty-six Quaker Universalist authors from Great Britain and the U.S. write about “Universalism and Religions”. The first chapter, What Is Universalism? is about the concept of universalism – is it about universal salvation, a universal Light, or what? The second, What Is Universal? is about the quest for human universals: do we have a common spirituality, say, or a common set of morals, or common basis of religion? The last three chapters look at universalism and religion, specifically Quakerism, a more orthodox Christianity, and finally non-Christian religions. Copies are available from QUF Bookstore and Amazon