QuakerSpeak Video Gallery

QuakerSpeaklogoQuakerSpeak is a project of Friends Journal, in association with Friends General Conference, Quaker Voluntary Service and Quaker Finder.
(Videos are listed in reverse order of release date, newest videos are first.)

QuakerSpeak video: Why I Don’t Wear a Tie in Court. Scott Holmes, a Quaker lawyer from Durham, North Carolina, felt led to stop wearing a tie in the courtroom. This is his story of exploring that leading and its implications.

QuakerSpeak video: Advice for White Men. Niyonu Spann, founder of Beyond Diversity 101, talks about her idea of heaven and how she invites everyone (including white men) to fully bring it.

QuakerSpeak video: Do you think that Quaker Meeting might be for you or someone you know? Come check us out!

QuakerSpeak video: What is a Quaker? Most people are unfamiliar with the Quaker religion, or they confuse us for the guy on the Quaker Oats box. In this video, we ask 6 Friends what it means to be a practicing Quaker.

QuakerSpeak video: Are Quakers Amish? “You’re a Quaker? You mean, like, Amish?” It’s something every Quaker has heard. Max Carter, professor of Quaker religion studies at Guilford College, tells us about the differences between Quakers and the Amish.

QuakerSpeak video: The Quaker Practice of Surrendering the Self-Will. Marcelle Martin on the Quaker practice of surrendering the self-will and how this practice will be absolutely crucial if we are going to avoid catastrophe.

QuakerSpeak video: How Quakers Can Transform The World. Noah Baker Merrill discusses sacramental living, Quaker Voluntary Service, and how our Quaker prophetic witness can transform the world.

QuakerSpeak video: #QuakerProblems – When these four Earlham College students were standing in line for hot dogs, one of them cracked a joke about something being a “Quaker Problem”. Little did they know it would become a full-on international Quaker meme within a matter of weeks

QuakerSpeak video: The History of Quaker Plain Speech. The Quaker conviction of equality sometimes caused small changes in behavior that ultimately had radical consequences. Thomas Hamm explains the origins of Quaker plain speech.

QuakerSpeak video: Every Murder is Real. Victoria Greene’s son, Emir, was killed in 1997, one of countless victims society ignores. Now her ministry is to support families of murder victims and bring attention to the fact that every murder is real.

QuakerSpeak video: How Quakers Make Decisions (It’s Not Just Consensus!). Eden Grace explains how the sacred discernment of seemingly trivial decisions can transform the world.

QuakerSpeak video: The (mostly) ridiculous history of Quakers in the movies, as well as Quaker references.

QuakerSpeak video: What is “the Light,” and why are Quakers so excited about it?

QuakerSpeak video: “Form Without Substance”. Michael Birkel explains that Quakers threw out everything they saw as “empty forms” in the church of their day, including communion and baptism.

QuakerSpeak video: O explains “I Am Always at Quaker Meeting for Worship.”

QuakerSpeak video: Paul Buckley explains: How Quakers Read the Bible.

QuakerSpeak video: Quakers and Women in Ministry.

QuakerSpeak video: Justimore Musombi: Being Gay is Just OK (part 1). Justimore was a Quaker pastor in Kenya. That is, until he came out of the closet. Now he can’t go home.QuakerSpeak video: Justimore Musombi: Being Gay is Just OK (part 2).

QuakerSpeak video: Paulette Meier: Quaker Faith in Song.

QuakerSpeak video: Why Quakers Are Pacifists. George Lakey about Quakers’ call to struggle, the myth that violence works, and how that’s all changing.

QuakerSpeak video: Quaker Silence. A diverse group of Friends tells what they find most valuable about silence in Meeting for Worship.

QuakerSpeak video: Trayce Peterson: Student Activism as Prophetic Ministry.

QuakerSpeak video: Traci Hjelt Sullivan: “The Faithfulness Lecture”.

QuakerSpeak video: How Quakerism Began. Max Carter, a professor at Guilford College, shares the story of George Fox.









SMFM and SCQM Mural – Quaker Testimonies

April 26, 2014, SCQM Spring Gathering, Santa Monica, CA

A joint project of Santa Monica Friends Meeting and Southern California Quarterly Meeting, this mural about Quaker Testimonies: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Unity and Equality, was painted on the parking lot wall of the Santa Monica Meetinghouse.

The mural was planned by teens, young adults, and the SCQM Youth Planning Committee, with artist Tanna Moontaro (Santa Monica Friends Meeting) and Alyssa Nelson (PYM Youth Program Coordinator / Davis Meeting). Younger children, parents, and others joined them to paint, and everyone signed it at the end of the day with colorful thumbprint “buds” on a community vine (see picture at bottom of page).

SMFM and SCQM Joint Project - Mural on Quaker   Testimonies
SMFM and SCQM Joint Project – Mural on Quaker Testimonies

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Mural as seen from across the parking lot. The Santa Monica Meetinghouse is under the trees and behind the wooden fence on the right.
Artist Tanna Moontaro

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If you would like to contribute your own photos of the mural painting project, please upload here. Ensure you have the written permission of anyone who can be easily identifiable prior to uploading images.

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Quaker Bolivia Link

Quaker Bolivia Link development projects in the High Andes.

QBL is supported by several Monthly Meetings in Pacific Yearly Meeting, and many individual Friends. This eight minute film shows something of the remote and poor communities QBL works in, bringing water supplies, greenhouses and agricultural development projects. QBL is one of many Quaker responses to poverty.
QBL Website link.

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La Jolla Friends join 2012 America’s Pride Parade

On July 21, 2012, La Jolla MM Quakers joined the San Diego Pride LGBT Parade.  About twenty of us walked, rode, skate-boarded, cartwheeled, and motorized cycled down the parade route.  People cheered us, thanked us for coming, and asked, “Who are Quakers?” along the way.

LJ Quakers and banner at 2012 Pride Parade








LJ Quakers at 2012 Pride Parade








LJ Quakers ready to walk in 2012 Pride Parade








LJ Quakers at 2012 America’s Pride Parade

San Diego Friends Center – Peace Crane Sculpture

Video of the Peace Crane sculpture unveiling Oct 15, 2011

Sculptor James Hubbell

Welcome to the San Diego Friends Center’s celebration of the installation of the Peace Crane sculpture and of the culmination of the visionary effort to create a sustainable facility for peace, justice, and spiritual growth.

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A view of the Peace Crane Sculpture by James Hubbell in front of the entry courtyard to the San Diego Friends Center. The Friends Meeting Room is in the center under the the round, peaked roof. The Peace Resource Center offices and apartment for a Brethren Intern are on the right; the AFSC office, Children's room and showers are on the left.
Inside the Friends Meeting Room looking at the Silent Auction Table. The Windmill for the water recirculation system is behind the table, being stored in the meeting room to protect it from possible theft for metal parts until fully installed.
A view of the Silent Auction table looking toward the lobby. Mary Jo Houseman (Orange Grove Meeting) is in black with her back to us.
Another view of the Meeting Room and Silent Auction table showing a food service table. Food was provided by Alchemy, a nearby restaurant using locally grown ingredients and sustainable table ware.
Burton Housman and Imam Taha Hassane. Burton is a member of La Jolla Meeting and was instrumental in getting the Imam to serve on the Honorary Committee. The Imam is in a bright blue shirt. Burton has a beige shirt on.
Another view of the Silent Auction display. To the left of the photo is Burton Housman and Imam Taha Hassane. The Imam is in a bright blue shirt. Burton has a beige shirt on.
"Hope" Calligraphy for Silent Auction by Mary Jo Housman
"Hope" Calligraphy for Silent Auction by Mary Jo Housman. The "Hope" Calligraphy was purchased by an economist in Mexicali (online) and brought in the most money of any item!
The Escama bags. These bags were donated to the Silent Auction by Escama Studios and Gilmore Family Jewelers. The bags are made of the pull tabs from soft drink cans and signed by each Brazilian artist who creates the bag.


A view of the courtyard during the event. Adriana Jasso (AFSC staff) is at the table on the left, inviting guests to sign the scroll with hopes for the next 10 years. This scroll will be framed and hang in the lobby of the San Diego Friends Center.
The O'Farrell Community School Sinfonia String Ensemble under the direction of Mrs. Linda Logan provided musical entertainment. O'Farrell Community School is a nearby middle school. Jane Krause, treasurer of Orange Grove Meeting, is on the left.
The gathering for the program. Immediately in front are George Gaskil, Clerk of San Diego Friends Meeting (black shirt), and Chuck Orr , construction manager recently (hat).
Joe Franko, Master of Ceremonies. Joe was AFSC Regional Director when the AFSC agreed to be partner in the San Diego Friends Center and is now the Clerk of the Executive Committee for the Pacific Southwest Region of AFSC.
Joe Franko
Carol Jahnkow, Emeritus Director, Peace Resource Center of San Diego, and one of the original members of the working committee to establish the San Diego Friends Center.
Carol Jahnkow
James and Anne Hubbell. James Hubbell is a renown San Diego artist, sculptor of the crane and partner with his son Drew in the architectural firm that designed the building.
James and Anne Hubbell. Anne unveiled and dedicated the crane. Her words in the dedication were: “As we dedicate this crane, we like to think that this place will always be filled with gracious blessings that will help accomplish world peace.”
Carol Jahnkow
Carol Jahnkow
Midi Cox
Lawrence and Suzanne Hess

San Francisco Meetinghouse Mural

67 Voices/67 Dreams

Mural designer Pancho Pescador

Photo by Philip Gerrie

A project of American Friends Service Committee
AFSC staff person and principal co-ordinator of the project was Pablo Paredes 

A core group of 7 students who are being impacted by today’s immigration laws have over the past year become true leaders in the struggle for migrant justice. They have led marches, organized walkouts, met with legislators, and held community events to galvanize other migrant youth and challenge the fact that the media, Washington DC, and even leaders of the immigrants’ rights movement are largely neglecting the realities 67% of undocumented youth who are being left out of legislative efforts such as the federal DREAM Act.

Now they have unveiled this 100-foot wide by 30 foot tall mural located only 3 blocks from San Francisco’s City Hall. The unveiling will coincide with the launch of 67suenos.org where they will share their work and videos. Their goal is to showcase 67 stories to lift the missing voices in the Immigrants rights debate.

Photo by Philip Gerrie

Photo by Philip Gerrie

Photo by Philip Gerrie

Photo by Philip Gerrie

Photo by Markley Morris

Photos by Markley Morris

Mural Update:

Final Group photos July 15, 2012 before construction of 14-story building, which will leave as yet unknown viewing when completed.  

Photo credit: Arthur Koch


Photo credit: Arthur Koch