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Newsletter Occasional site and general Quaker news Edited by Bill Samuel, Webservant, QuakerInfo.com
It's good I changed from calling this a twice-monthly newsletter into calling it an occasional one. It has been over four months since the last issue. I haven't ignored the site. I have frequently added news headlines, and have made small updates in many pages. However, for a variety of reasons, I have not found time to add new articles or make major revisions. There are some articles I have started, but not completed, and some books I plan to review (one which I completed reading). There are also submissions by others which I am considering. I hope you will actually see some of these in the not too distant future. If the site has new articles or major revisions more frequently, you should also see this newsletter more frequently.
QuakerInfo.com hosts the School of the Spirit Web pages as a mini-site with a distinctive design within the QuakerInfo.com domain. The School of the Spirit (SOTS) is a Quaker ministry of prayer and learning with an independent Board of Elders. The SOTS Administrator supplies me with updated information, and I do the actual Web pages. A couple of months ago, he supplied with considerable updated information, and recently I finally got the SOTS mini-site updated with the revised information.
During the Nazi era, Quakers were involved in a number of ways in saving Jews from Hitler's regime. Iowa Quakers turned their Scattergood Friends School into a refuge for Jews who escaped Germany. This year, there was a reunion of some of those who were sheltered there and some involved in this witness. In this article, one woman sheltered by Iowa Quakers tells her story. New Haven Register, November 30, 2003
Friends have long held a testimony against participation in war with outward weapons. One of the areas Friends have struggled with regarding this testimony is the payment of taxes when much of the revenue goes for military purposes. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is among the Quaker groups which supports its employees who feel led to witness on war taxes. This story reports the Yearly Meeting's decision to contest a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Government against it over employee Priscilla Adams' refusal to pay taxes for military purposes. Philadelphia Inquirer, September 23, 2003
New links to Quaker news, from both the mass media and Quaker sources, are frequently added on the main page of QuakerInfo.com. Keep checking back for the latest.