Friends Women Scholarships
FRIENDS WOMEN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT FOR 2020-2021
Isaac Wright, a member of First Friends of Colorado Springs, is again awarded the Friends Women Scholarship. He is returning to Barclay College to continue his studies toward a degree in education. Although Isaac had some doubts about his ability to handle college level courses, his grades confirm that he did very well. He says he has learned not to worry so much and to trust God to take care of it all.
His references all has glowing comments on Isaac’s care and encouragement for others, his work ethic, and how seriously he takes his studies. One professor, Joshua Bunce wrote, “Isaac has demonstrated on multiple occasions the integral combination of humility and a willingness to work hard that gives me great confidence in his current and future success. Isaac is not just content taking the information he is learning, doing the necessary assignments and leaving. Isaac wants to make sure he is learning the information in the way that it needs to be learned, furthermore in such a way that it can be integrated into his life for transformation. I frequently personally witness and often hear from others within the Barclay community comment on Isaac’s overall positive influence on our campus
We are proud to be a participant in his young man’s education and spiritual growth. Blessings on you, Isaac.
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2022 Reading List
A Lenape among the Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman
By Dawn G. Marsh
On July 28, 1797, an elderly Lenape woman stood before the newly appointed almsman of Pennsylvania’s Chester County and delivered a brief account of her life. In a sad irony, Hannah Freeman was establishing her residency—a claim that paved the way for her removal to the poorhouse. A Lenape among the Quakers reconstructs Freeman’s history, from the days of her grandmothers before European settlement to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The story that emerges is one of persistence and resilience, as “Indian Hannah” negotiates life with the Quaker neighbors who employ her, entrust their children to her, seek out her healing skills, and, when she is weakened by sickness and age, care for her. A unique account of a Native American woman in a colonial community during a time of dramatic transformation and upheaval.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Quaker Women’s Writings
Editors: Mary Garman, Judith Applegate, Margaret Benefiel, Dortha Meredith
The Christian Gospel calls women and men into full participation with God’s realm of love and truth. Seventeenth-century Quaker women preached and traveled in the ministry with a powerful understanding in tracts of proclamation, journals, travel narratives, letters, and epistles; this volume includes thirty-six original texts with interpretive introductions. Their writings are life- giving to the discourse of lay clergy, ordained ministers, serious religious seekers, and academic researchers in religion, history, and women’s studies.
Friend: The Story of George Fox and the Quakers
By Jane Yolen
Friend: The Story of George Fox and the Quakers timeless gift. It brings to light, for young and old Friends, the life and legacy of the founder of Quakerism. Fox was a larger than life personality in a turbulent period in English history. Jane Yolen’s biography sets the context and chronicles Fox’s spiritual remains a development. Torn by war and wracked by uncertainty and doubt, the people of Fox’s age wanted answers, and our author demonstrates those he offered.
By Catherine D. Cattell
From Bamboo to Mango is not just another missionary story. And Catherine Cattell is not just another missionary. Her story is a very personal account of the reactions of a missionary child born and brought up in the Orient, of her adjustment to America, and her reactions to life as a missionary mother. Catherine Cattell tells her story with unexpected candor, tender humor, and humble sensitivity. Through her eyes we see the joys and sorrows, frustrations and rewards of a human life lived out in the will of God.Unlocking Horns: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Burundi
By David Niyonzima and Lon Fendall
David Niyonzima and Lon Fendall grapple with the challenges that God’s plan of peace and the good news of reconciliation pose to the violence and chaos of central Africa. That challenge defies logic and experience. Where in central Africa, clouded with incredible inhumanity among humans, are the marvelous deeds, power, and might of God? Niyonzima and Fendall offer some illuminating answers.
Christianity is growing so rapidly in the global South that soon Africa may be home to the world’s largest Christian population. But what sort of Christianity will that be? In Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Christians live in settings very close to the social, cultural, and intellectual milieu in which the New Testament itself was written. For this reason, Philip Jenkins argues, they read the Scriptures with a freshness and authenticity impossible in the prosperous societies of North America and Europe. At first sight, the rising Christianity of the global South appears fundamentalist and deeply conservative. But at the same time these new Christians draw conclusions from Scripture that are innovative, creative, and socially liberating in their impact on social structures and gender relations. In fact, this biblical enthusiasm is embraced by exactly those groups often portrayed as the victims of reactionary religion–particularly women, and a biblically-rooted Christian feminism enjoys growing influence.
The Simple Faith of Mister RogersBy Amy Hollingsworth
An inside look at Mr. Rogers’ spiritual legacy. It shows us a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “preached the gospel at all times; when necessary he used words. Tom Brokaw of NBC Nightly News once said of the American icon Fred Rogers, “Mister Rogers was an ordained minister, but he never talked about God on his program. He didn’t need to.” This book details the driving force behind this gentle man of extraordinary influence. Educator? Philosopher? Psychologist? Minister? Here is an intimate portrait of the real Mister Rogers. The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers focuses on Mr. Rogers’ spiritual legacy, but it is much more than that. It shows us a man who, to paraphrase the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “preached the gospel at all times; when necessary he used words.”The Faith of Queen Elizabeth: The Poise, Grace and Quiet Strength Behind the Crown
By Dudley Delffs
Discover the inspiring spiritual legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history. Sharing a behind-the- scenes glimpse into the life of this notoriously private monarch, featuring intimate stories and inspiring reflections on the personal faith behind the Crown. With testimonies from historic figures such as Winston Churchill, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, and Margaret Thatcher, this magnificent tribute explores the faith of the world’s most famous Queen – and the King she serves. Icon, matriarch, reformer, and the longest-reigning monarch in British history – Queen Elizabeth II intrigues millions around the world with her royal heritage and inspirational character. Fearlessly, she led her country into the modern age with a balance of historical tradition and entrepreneurial initiative, public service and private devotion. Throughout all her trials and triumphs, Her Majesty credits her personal faith in Jesus Christ as the steadying anchor to her life and reign.
The Choice: A MemoirBy Dr. Edith Eva Eger
At the age of sixteen, Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. Hours after her parents were killed, Nazi officer Dr. Josef Mengele, forced Edie to dance for his amusement and her survival. Edie was pulled from a pile of corpses when the American troops liberated the camps in 1945. Edie spent decades struggling with flashbacks and survivor’s guilt, determined to stay silent and hide from the past. Thirty-five years after the war ended, she returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to fully heal and forgive the one person she’d been unable to forgive—herself. Edie weaves her remarkable personal journey with the moving stories of those she has helped heal. She explores how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. The is a life-changing book that will provide hope and comfort to generations of readers.
By Rich Villodas
Most believers live in the state of “being a Christian” without ever being deeply formed by Christ. Our pace is too frenetic to be in union with God, and we don’t know how to quiet our hearts and minds to be present. Our emotions are unhealthy and compartmentalized. We feel unable to love well or live differently from the rest of the world—to live as people of the good news. New York pastor Rich Villodas says we must restore balance, focus, and meaning for our souls. The Deeply Formed Life lays out a fresh vision for spiritual breakthrough following five key values: Contemplative Rhythms Value:slowing down our lives to be with God. Racial Justice Value: examining a multi-layered approach to pursuing racial justice and reconciliation. Interior Examination Value: looking beneath the surface of our lives to live free and love well. Sexual Wholeness Value: exploring how our sexuality connects with our spirituality. Missional Presence Value: living as the presence of Christ in a broken world. The Deeply Formed Life is a roadmap to live in the richly rooted place we all yearn for: a place of communion with God, a place where we find our purpose.
Reflections from the Inner Light: A Journal of Quaker SpiritualityBy James R. Newby
In this important book of Quaker spirituality, Jim Newby writes about his spiritual journey and the ways he has sought to navigate an increasingly complex world and understand his purpose in it. A lifelong Quaker, Newby seeks to discern the primary ways in which he has grown spiritually, which are divided into the following parts: turning inward, community and relationship, pain and growth, path of a seeker, and affirmations. Humor and tears, questions and spiritual challenges, are all of God, for to grow in Spirit encompasses all the feelings and emotions through which we pass in this life. In the words of Newby’s late friend and author, Malcolm Muggeridge, “Every happening great and small is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.”
The Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God Filled Life
By Anne Graham Lotz
Are you restless in your spirit, with a nagging sense that there has to be more to life than ‘this’? Anne Graham Lotz has known this struggle, too. As Anne searched for answers to her heart’s yearning and emptiness, Abraham walked out of the pages of her Bible and into her life. Abraham’s life was full of twists and turns, riches and losses, deceit and redemption, failure and success. Nevertheless, his story teaches the key to satisfying a longing heart: embracing a God-filled life. Join Anne as she teaches you to embrace a God-filled life, choice-by-choice, day-by-day, and learn to know God as Abraham did… as His friend.
Glory Happening:Finding the Divine in Everyday Places
By Kaitlin B. Curtice
When you have an experience and tell the story of that experience to someone, something sacred happens inside of you. That experience doesn’t have to be an extravagant moment, but it can be beautiful, nonetheless. And as you store up all those stories and share them, you grow your world’s boundaries. You build community and remind yourself that every moment of your life counts for something holy, good, and glorious. The search for glory will bring freedom and a fresh perspective to whatever season you happen to find yourself in. Glory Happening is a book of stories and prayers that remind you to take a closer look at your everyday circumstances, to find the magical beauty in everyday experiences. It is an invitation to live deeply into every moment with the expectation that something good will find you at the end of the day. And once you experience glory, you have words to speak, a prayer to pray, and a story to tell. And so glory grows from person to person, and community is created around the reality that God is truly in our midst.
White Too LongBy Robert P. Jones
As the nation grapples with demographic changes and the legacy of racism in America, Christianity’s role as a cornerstone of white supremacy has been largely overlooked. But white Christians- from evangelicals in the South to mainline Protestants in the Midwest and Catholics in the Northeast – have not just been complacent or complicit; rather, as the dominant cultural power, they have constructed and sustained a project of protecting white supremacy and opposing black equality that has framed the entire American story. With his family’s 1815 Bible in one hand and contemporary public opinion surveys by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in the other, Robert P. Jones delivers “a refreshing blend of historical accounting, soul searching reflection, and analysis” (Publishers Weekly) of the repressed relationship between Christianity and white supremacy. White Too Long is “a marvel” (Booklist, starred review) that demonstrates how deeply racist attitudes have become embedded in the DNA of white Christian identity over time and calls for an honest reckoning with a complicated, painful, and even shameful past. Jones challenges white Christians to acknowledge that public apologies are not enough—accepting responsibility for the past requires work toward repair in the present.
Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of FaithBy Kathleen Norris
Struggling with her return to the Christian church after many years away, Kathleen Norris found it was the language of Christianity that most distanced her from faith. Words like “judgment,” “faith,” “dogma,” “salvation,” “sinner”—even “Christ”—formed what she called her “scary vocabulary.” She found she had to wrestle with them and make them her own before they could confer their blessings and their grace. Blending history, theology, storytelling, etymology, and memoir, Norris uses these words as a starting point for reflection. She evokes a rich spirituality rooted firmly in the chaos of everyday life—and offers believers and doubters alike an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary world.
By Barbara Schell Luetke
The early Quaker movement was one fired by the spiritual activism and vision of young adults. The Kendal Sparrow is a fictional account of one of them. Elizabeth Fletcher, a real-life sheltered, English farm girl, was convinced in 1652 by George Fox. Based on historical records and careful research, Barbara Schell Luetke brings to life the story of Fletcher, a young Friend who breaks from the prescribed roles of women of that time to travel hundreds of miles to preach and find purpose in her life. The Kendal Sparrow includes the “tellings” of many of the youngest members of those known today as the Valiant Sixty and shows that each of our lives matters and can speak.
I Was a StrangerBy Patricia Thomas
An excerpt from the book. “She caught a glimpse of him from her dormitory window, a thin, dark figure slipping between the bushes along the building’s foundation walls before vanishing from sight … And then she heard the sirens. The week of the Pennington Place fire begins innocuously enough on a bright October morning in Oaks Quarry, Ohio. But the smoke-filled basement harbors a secret. By the time the clean-up crew discovers a flip- flop in the back corner of the coal bin, Ruthalice Michels, campus minister at a small Quaker college in the American Midwest, is busy dispensing daily doses of pastoral care to the residents of Emerick College while pursuing her own suspicions about the fire. Ruthalice uncovers a tangled web of secrets, illegal activities, accidents, and a moral dilemma. Can her usual blend of Spirit-led insights and common sense guide her to do what is right and expose wrong?”
By Catherine Miller
Excerpt from the book: “When you lose the love of your life, how do you find yourself again? For Tabitha, the day that changed everything started like any other. She woke up, slid her feet into her fluffy slippers, wrapped herself in a dressing gown and tiptoed out of her bedroom leaving her husband Andy sleeping. Downstairs she boiled the kettle and enjoyed a cup of tea as the sun rose. Upstairs, Andy’s alarm sounded, and Tabitha took him a freshly brewed coffee, like every other morning. Except today, the incessant beeping rang out and her husband hadn’t stirred. She called his name, she nudged his shoulder. But Andy wouldn’t wake up. Three years later Tabitha is trying her hardest to get by in the shadow of her grief. She may have lost the love of her life but she won’t give up on the family they dreamed of. Fostering troublesome teenage girls and a newborn baby is a chance to piece together her broken heart. But being a mother isn’t easy, and neither is healing the heartache she carries around. After losing everything, could saving these three children help Tabitha save herself too?
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