About Quaker Heron Press

In 2004 the Quaker Heron Press began working with Pendle Hill to make out-of-print pamphlets more widely available on the web.

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.


William Penn Lectures

1916-1963

WilliamPennPosterThe William Penn Lectures started as a ministry of the Young Friends’ Movement of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. In the beginning of the last century, “Young Friends” was the community of young adults from both the Hicksite and the Orthodox Philadelphia Yearly Meetings, which reunited in 1955. The Young Friends Movement began the lecture series “for the purpose of closer fellowship; for the strengthening by such association and the interchange of experience, of loyalty to the ideals of the Society of Friends; and for the preparation by such common ideals for more effective work through the Society of Friends for the growth of the Kingdom of God on Earth.”

Copies are free at Pendle Hill


The Sampson Family in America: From the Arrival of the Mayflower in 1620 to the Present Time

by John Adams Vinton

Covere0922FrontVinton has left no genealogical stone unturned. And that is what makes this book so valuable today. It is not overwhelmingly difficult for 21st century researchers, given such abundant online genealogical resources, to trace family trees back several generations, perhaps even a century or two. The deeper they dig, though, the more uncertain, confusing, and dubious the linkages might be. Should the sequence link to a Sampson, however, researchers can probably relax. Vinton has likely done most of the remaining work for them. Over four centuries have now elapsed since the landing at Plymouth Rock; in this book he has covered the first and most perplexing 240 years, or nearly two-thirds of that span.

Copies are available from Amazon


The Quaker Scout:
Testimony of a Civil War Non-Combatant of the Woodlawn Antislavery Colony

by Martha Claire Catlin

FrontcoverAs a pacifist Quaker who guided Union troops to the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) – within days of fleeing rebel assassins – Jonathan Roberts provides a compelling account of Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction in Northern Virginia. His original first-hand narrative is transcribed in full, and introduced in Martha Claire Catlin’s extended essay, “The Quaker World of Jonathan Roberts.” Together, these portray the experiences of Roberts before and after becoming a Union scout; the activist spiritual basis of his Quaker colony’s endeavor to bring about a peaceful end to slavery; and the critical contributions of African Americans – enslaved and free – in providing intelligence to Union loyalists.

Copies are available from Amazon


As They Were Led:
Quakerly Steps and Missteps Toward Native Justice: 1795-1940

by Martha Claire Catlin

Catlin1Several small Quaker groups began advocating for Native justice over two centuries ago, journeying through wilderness to meet with distant Native Nations. In 1798, Wyandot Chief Tarhe spoke of “a chain of friendship” with “Brethren, Quakers.” In the 1870s, President Ulysses S. Grant tapped Quakers to serve as Indian agents in the West, replacing military officers and corrupt Indian traders. Friends continually sought ways to leverage their limited influence, frequently bringing Native issues to the attention of Congress and the public.One of those volunteer groups was Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Indian Affairs Committee.

Copies are available from Amazon


Seasons of the Soul

by Pardee Lowe Jr.

Pardee1Mine is a lyric muse That trips to syllables unsung And wings its way to ears unknown. Any season, every season can be the beginning of the Soul’s seeking. The birthing of life in Spring, the fullness of life in Summer, the maturation and waning of life in Fall, the dullness and hibernation of life in Winter. Each season brings its own insights, each its own growth.

These poems belie an insight once shared by Douglas Steere: “Before you have had a mystic experience, no words can convey it; afterwards, no words are necessary.” Yet those of us whose lives have been so graced often find ourselves struggling to express these experiences, share them, communicate them, however falteringly, in words—if only to others who have also been to the “well of living water.”

Copies are available from Amazon


Becoming Ourselves: Thirteen Conversations

by Judith Larsen

LarsenIn these pages you will meet women and men who journey with eyes open, seeking to understand the gift of life and along the way finding themselves. Creativity is where the group entirely coheres. All of the thirteen give freely of their abilities and time to others. Without exception they are teachers, guides and mentors. If there is one characteristic that defines this group of creative explorers, it is that their hearts, eyes and ears are open.

Copies are available from Amazon


A Year in Glencarlyn

GlencarlynFrontCover4smallby Steve Elkinton

“Today I begin this voyage—trying to put into words my experience of the year, especially the changes in the seasons, the tender increments of nature, the cycles of this orbit of the sun.

“Glencarlyn is surrounded on three sides by parkland. There are many ways down to a trail in the surrounding woodlands. Taj, our standard poodle, has become my excuse to walk several times a day through the neighborhood and into the park.

“Here is what I found…”

Copies available from Create Space and Amazon


Testing the Reformation: Students Meet Calvin

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00051]by Heinrich Waegner

In 2009, the Evangelische Kirche (Protestant Church of Germany) commissioned Heinrich Waegner to create a theater play for and with young people to begin the local events for the 500th anniversary of Calvin’s birth. Working collaboratively with students at the Protestant High School (“Evangelisches Gymnasium”), where Waegner had been the school drama director of over thirty productions, the playwright developed a fresh, funny, but overall respectful play that will help audiences engage with Calvin’s living legacy.

Copies are available from Create Space and Amazon


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.

Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon


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.

Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon


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.

Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon


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.

Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon


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.

Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon


Fifty Years at Langley Hill Friends Meeting
Celebrating our Worship, Friendship, and Witness Together

LangleyHillAuthored by Langley Hill Friends
Edited by Susan Hills Rose

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

 


Matrimony/Patrimony
Thomas O. Rose

TRose“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…

Copies are available from CreateSpace, and Amazon

 

 


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.

Copies are available from CreateSpace, Amazon, or your local book store.

 

 


Anniversary Essays
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.

Copies are available from CreateSpace, Amazon, or your local book store.

 

 


The Wisdom of John Woolman
by Reginald Reynolds

ReynoldsIn 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

ForbushIn 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

3 Responses to “About Quaker Heron Press”

  1. Patricia Powers Says:

    We would like to discuss a possible book/monograph publication. Is Jim Rose still the editor? We, Pat Powers (Sandy Spring) and Martha Catlin (Alexandria), have written a history of BYM’s Indian Affairs Committee. 1795-present.

    Look forward to hearing from you. Pat Powers

  2. Helen Bayes Says:

    What a wonderful project. As an Australian Friend I would be most interested in receiving copy, and buying a copy of the published book, as soon as available.

  3. Sue Marcus Says:

    Hi Jim, I’ve sent info to Friends (and purchased) the 2 books you published on the histories (early and later) of BYM’s Indian Affairs Committee. I didn’t see Pat’s book listed on your website, which surprised me. You might want to add it, in your nonexistent free time. Also, I attempted to contact Helen Bayes, who’d asked about the then-potential books in 2020. Warm regards and thanks for all you do, Sue

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