Responsible investing doesn’t just mean screening out gambling, drugs and weapons. As the investment manager for over 390 Quaker organizations, Friends Fiduciary also does something called “shareholder advocacy”—talking with companies about how they can be more just, peaceful and equitable in their business practices.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and QuakerSpeak gathered a group of new Quakers and asked what led them to try being Quaker. Here’s what they said.
Some say that going for a walk in the woods is a spiritual practice, but what’s the point? According to Doug Gwyn, early Quaker writings teach that in order to understand our place in Earth’s ecosystem, we are called to reach out and connect to the nonverbal world.
Many seekers have discovered Quakers through online quizzes like Beliefnet, but what do they mean by “Liberal” and “Orthodox” Quakerism?
Stephanie Crumley-Effinger was “recorded” as a minister in Indiana Yearly Meeting in 1982. We talked with her about the recording process, and what she’s learned about Quaker ministry since.
After the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, Friends at Orlando Meeting called for a special worship. Later they learned that Quakers from all over the world had joined them.
In 2009, a small group of Quakers from Philadelphia decided to do something about climate change. Calling themselves the “Earth Quaker Action Team,” they took on one of the largest banks in the country. 5 years and 125 actions later, PNC Bank decided to change its policy of funding mountaintop removal coal mining. How did they do it?
As a lifelong Quaker, Arthur Larrabee was frustrated that he couldn’t answer the question, “What do Quakers believe?” So he set out to do just that.
Some of the oldest documents that Mary Crauderueff handles in her role as curator of Quaker Collections at Haverford College date back to the 1650s, when Quakers published theology tracts that often became back-and-forth conversations with anti-Quaker writers.
Sometimes the most challenging parts of our faith tradition end up being the most rewarding. According to Lloyd Lee Wilson, it takes a commitment.