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March 7, 2004
Issue No. 25 Site News

Welcome to our many new subscribers. Please note that this newsletter is published on an occasional basis rather than a regular schedule. Your Webservant has a full-time job in addition to other interests, and is limited in the amount of time he can devote to the site. Minor updates and adding of news headlines usually occur several times a week, but new articles and major updates are much less frequent. But there is a major new article at the site to report this time:

The One Testimony that Binds Them All Together - People keep asking how many testimonies Quakers have. Some use a list of four. Some use a list of six. Some put them together with the acronym SPICE. You don't find enumerations of testimonies in early Friends writings. I have noticed that you will often find references to "our Christian testimony" in them. Recently I saw an excellent explication of this by James Healton in a forum posting. I thought it deserved being turned into an article, and he obliged me. James Healton grew up among Quakers in Pacific Yearly Meeting. He was recorded as a minister in Evangelical Friends Chruch Southwest, where he serves as pastor of Friends Community Church Sacramento. He also gives talks and leads workshops among groups of Christian unprogrammed Friends. I think this article is a good, concise explanation of the understanding of early Friends on this matter.

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Quaker Prophetic Ministry

Your Webservant offers reflections based on attending the School of the Spirit Retreat on Prophetic Ministry February 27-29.
Bill Samuel's Web Journal, entry for March 2nd, 2004

Eyewitness to Occupation: AFSC Representatives tell of ten months of living in Baghdad

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Iraq Country Representatives Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud have been living in Baghdad since May 2003. They are on a nationwide speaking tour in the United States March 1-20, 2004.
American Friends Service Committee, March 1, 2004

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A Living Faith: An Historical and Comparative Study of Quaker Beliefs
Cover imageWilmer Cooper, founding Dean of Earlham School of Religion, provides an historical look at the beliefs of Friends (Quakers). Includes study questions.
Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home
Cover imageRichard J. Foster. Describes 21 types of Christian prayer. Harper San Francisco, 1992. 288 pages.
Journal of George Fox
Cover imageThe auto- biography of the founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Celebration of Discipline
Cover image20th Anniversary Edition of Richard J. Foster's million- selling work on Christian spiritual disciplines.
Imagination & Spirit: A Contemporary Quaker Reader
Cover imageA selection of excerpts from 15 contemporary Quaker authors who reached the mainstream market. See review.

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The Peaceable Kingdom
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