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Submit to Quaker Life on Integrity

“‘Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.’” Luke 11:34–36

Experience is the Quaker’s starting-point. This light must be my light, this truth must be my truth, this faith must be my very own faith. The key that unlocks the door to the spiritual life belongs not to Peter, or some other person, as an official. It belongs to the individual soul, that finds the light, that discovers the truth, that sees the revelation of God and goes on living in the demonstration and power of it.” Rufus Jones, The Faith and Practice of the Quakers

Quaker Life is a periodical that seeks to capture a mosaic of spiritual experiences expressed by members of the FUM community. Each edition highlights a specific theme of spiritual life. Quaker Life, vol. 6 no. 4, will be focused on integrity.

Please consider sharing, with the community of Quaker Life readers, your stories about integrity. Some questions that might serve to get you started:

• How or when have you practiced integrity, or seen it practiced? Has it been the experience of a moment, or a steady current?

• In what ways has an orientation toward integrity changed how you respond to others?

• Where do you find your inward experience and outward life in agreement, or are their places where they are in conflict?

• In what ways does your Friends Meeting or Church, as a body, practice integrity?

What we are looking for in a submission is an account of your own experience with a life of integrity—personally, or within your family or work place or neighborhood, or in the life of your faith community. We are also eager to accept visual art: concrete or abstract images about simplicity, accompanied by a brief description of the piece’s meaning, or the process of creation, or both. We have no word limits for textual submissions, but, as a useful guide, most of our essays run between 175 to 1800 words. Images should be digital files between 1–10 MBs in size, in jpg, tiff, or png format. We are not able to accept handwritten submissions. If your visual images are not digitized, please send us an inquiry about submission.

To submit your work (text or image), or for more information, please email us. Also include with your submission a short biography of yourself, including the Meeting or church where you worship.

Submissions for the Quaker Life issue on integrity should reach us by January 21, 2022.

“Gentleness” is the theme for the vol. 7, no. 1 issue of Quaker Life.
Submissions on gentleness should reach us by March 21, 2022.

Upcoming Themes

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Our Ministry

Quaker Life is a quarterly publication which reports and reflects on how, as individuals and communities, we live our faith. How does Christ inform your life, shape your life, lead you here or there? How do you discern and answer the call of the Inward Teacher? What obstacles to Love have you overcome? How is Christ redeeming you these days?

Each issue of Quaker Life revolves around a particular Christian theme. We hope that by making the theme of each issue widely known, we will be able to deepen the pool of our contributors, and persuade some reluctant authors to send in a submission—in text, image, or both—by virtue of a powerful experience with our theme for the issue.

What we hope to receive in a submission is an account of your own experience with the theme—individually, within your family or work place or neighborhood, in the life of your faith community—written in a clear and understandable style. We are also eager to accept concrete or abstract images on the theme, accompanied by a brief description of the piece’s meaning, or process of creation, or both. We have no word limits for textual submissions, but, as a useful guide, most of our essays run between 175 to 1400 words. We are not able to accept handwritten submissions.

To submit your work, or for more information, please email us.

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