History that Matters: The Underground Railroad

Eric Foner
Eric Foner

Eric Foner is one of the preeminent US historians, particularly for the period of the 1800s involving slavery, the Civil War, & Reconstruction. His latest book is Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, which follows The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln & American Slavery.

Extinct, In Our Hearts

B.J. Hollars

We care about & for that which we know, so B.J. Hollars leads us into Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds. While captivating & enjoyable, B.J. also narrates a story that is deeply compelling in how we live in relationship to our world. He is founder of Chippewa Valley Writers Guildand associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire.

A Need for Poverty

Sister Confianza del Senor
Sister Alegria del Senor
Amigas del Senor

What led Prairie Cutting (now Sister Confianza del Señor) & Beth Blodgett (now Sister Alegria del Señor) to leave the USA & create the Methodist-Quaker Amigas del Señor Monastery in Honduras? One key motivation was a calling to lead a life of poverty, explained in an article in Western Friend called Overcoming Need.


Niyonu Spann: B-day & Feedback

photo of Niyonu Spann

Tomorrow is Niyonu Spann's birthday, and I revisited feedback she gave me after I interviewed her at the FGC Gathering in 2010 about her Beyond Diversity 101 work, equipping people to move forward to a wiser, more loving, future of full mutual embrace. You can listen to the interview here. Given that she and Tribe 1 are finishing up the recording of a new album, I hope to have her on Song of the Soul soon. But here's the comment.

Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights

Paul Kriese
Paul Kriese
The topic is race, racism & religion, both within Quaker meetings and in America at-large. Paul Kriese co-ediited Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights, and he draws on his experience growing up in a black neighborhood and his academic formation in Political Science and Peace Studies to shine the Light on race relations.  
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