Quaker publishers decide on new youth anthology
and discuss writing and publishing as ministry
Quaker publishers, booksellers, authors,
publications committee members and others from
a range of yearly meetings in the US, the UK and France met among the hills and
lakes of Cumbria, North West England, April 26-29, 2007, for the Annual Meeting
of Quakers Uniting in Publications (
Participants presented their recently published and forthcoming books as well as ongoing projects, including: a comprehensive biographical dictionary of British Quakers in commerce by Ted Milligan (Sessions of York), due out this year; and a series of small books entitled Twelve Quakers and ..., by Friends involved in the Quaker Quest outreach project, soon to be published together in one book by publisher, O Books.
†Several speakers talked about their experience of the theme:
- Vanessa Julye told us of the ministry she has developed over the past 12 years helping Friends to hear the voices of people of colour, both in the present and from the past.† She has published a pamphlet The Seed Cracked Open: growing out of racism and she spoke of the different ways in which writing enables her to further her ministry. She hopes to help Quakerism to become a place where no one has to forsake their cultural identity or feel isolated.
- David Blamires, editor of Friends Quarterly, spoke in the form of a poem "interrupted by prose", and described the long collaborative process which led to his writing a pamphlet Homosexuality From the Inside in 1973 and putting his name to it publicly.† He felt impelled to undertake this writing and knows that it had has been of service to many people.
- Alex Wildwood spoke of how the ministry of writing his books has always been a corporate process, with others supporting his ministry, helping to test his leading and preventing isolation.† He says that the members of the committee overseeing the writing of his 1999 Swarthmore Lecture A Faith to Call Our Own: Quaker tradition in the light of contemporary movements of the Spirit acted like the banks of the river, keeping the rushing river of inspiration within bounds while allowing it to flow.
Harvey Gillman also spoke about the process of writing a book, his newly
published book, Consider the Blackbird.† The title refers to a blackbird that came to
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