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FGC Publications

Book Launch
Religious Education

FGC has published books, pamphlets, curricula, and sometimes other media for more than 50 years to support the spiritual lives and witness of Quakers and Quaker meetings and to serve those seeking to learn more about Friends.  QuakerBooks of FGC distributes these publications and more. Below are some of our most recent and most popular titles.

By Doug Gwyn
The Gospel of John is sometimes known among Friends as "the Quaker Gospel," because it speaks to the Quaker concern for a here-and-now experience of eternal reality in Christ. Conversation with Christ explores this theme through thirteen conversations from the Fourth Gospel in which the history and mystery of Jesus are revealed. Each of these close readings is followed by examples of ways Quakers have grappled with its message and by a guided meditation inviting readers to experience the form Christ takes in our lives.
By Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye
This book documents the spiritual and practical impacts of discrimination in the Religious Society of Friends in the belief that understanding the truth of our past is vital to achieving a diverse, inclusive community in the future. There is a common misconception that most Quakers assisted fugitive slaves and involved themselves in civil rights activism because of their belief in equality. While there were Friends committed to ending enslavement and post-enslavement injustices, Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship reveals that racism has been as insidious, complex, and pervasive among Friends as it has been generally among people of European descent.
Edited by Angelina Conti, Cara Curtis, Wess Daniels, John Lomuria, Emma Condori, Harriet Hart, Et Al

Spirit Rising celebrates, critiques, questions, and reflects on the Quaker faith experience. Writing and visual art by teenage and young adult Quakers from around the world and across the theological and cultural spectrum of the Religious Society of Friends give readers a window on the spiritual riches and witness these Friends offer. The contributors in this volume challenge and inspire, as they witness to and celebrate Quakerism as it has been, as it is, and as it could yet be. The voices here come together in a symphony, cacophonous but also deeply resonant. Listen and you will hear that their Spirit - here called by many names - is undeniably rising.

By The Religious Education Committee of FGC

The Quaker Way was written as a faith and practice handbook for upper elementary and middle school youngsters, but has been found very useful to new attenders and seekers. Sections on history, meeting for worship, how the society works, prayer and more. Includes a Quaker glossary, bibliography, and fun illustrations from a Pulitzer Prize winning Quaker cartoonist. Just reprinted - now in a larger format 9" x 6", and with a new cream yellow cover. Same great text.

By Janeal Turnball Ravndal

Collected together for the first time are the selected poems of Janeal Turnbull Ravndal, who "is solidly Quaker: she sees the beauty and the power of the worship and the work. She also sees the warts. In felicitous words, rhymed or not, she tells us truth, sometimes using the sharpest of scalpels, sometimes merely gentle irony. She sees us clear." -- Margaret Lacey

By Callie Marsh

The Conservative Friends of Iowa have a unique story. It is a chronicle of how one group of Quakers has held fast to its roots against the winds of change, while simultaneously grappling with and responding to the modern world. Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) stands its own ground, fitting neither into the liberal nor orthodox Quaker camps, yet with connections to both. Callie Marsh entered this community as an adult seeker and made it her home, taking part in identity-wrenching struggles, such as their understanding of Christianity and the question of same-gender marriage.

By The Faith & Play Working Group of PYM
This is a resource that will work best for Friends and children already acquainted with Godly Play methods. This is a downloadable .pdf version of this publication, now including two extra stories. Godly Play®, created by Jerome Berryman, opened the way for Friends to teach bible stories using a method that embodies the Quaker idea of continuing revelation, supports multiple perspectives on a story, encourages silence as a tool within storytelling and honors the diversity of ways the spirit works within each person. This curriculum uses the full range of these techniques to help Friends tell stories of Quaker Faith
By FGC Youth Ministries Program

The Build It! Toolkit  is designed to strengthen and nurture ties among generations in our meetings, worship groups, churches and in our larger Religious Society of Friends, and contribute to meetings’ efforts to identify and cultivate emerging leaders. It is both spiritually enriching and fun.