The intrepid Quaker : one man's quest for peace : memoirs, speeches, and writings of Stephen G. Cary

by Stephen G. Cary

Other authorsAlison Anderson (Editor), Jack Coleman (Editor)
Hardcover, 2003



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Wallingford, PA : Pendle Hill, [2003]




Stephen Cary's life and thought reveal the leadership and philosophy that mirror the Quaker experience in the latter half of the twentieth century. Disposed to help the powerless, Friends moved from an orientation of relief work to exploring the conditions that give rise to peace and justice. This book documents important history of Haverford College and the American Friends Service Committee and reveals the humor and philosophy of a leader in the Society of Friends. A groundbreaking book on Quaker history in education and peace witness.

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Stephen G Cary was born into a Quaker family, attended Quaker schools, and went on to a life of service. He became a conscientious objector, and as a result got excellent if unintentional training as a pacifist in the alternative Civilian Public Service. He then engaged in relief work in postwar
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Europe, followed by a half century in various capacities with the American Friends Service Committee. Each of these activities is covered by a chapter in the book, as are dissent, civil disobedience, the Vietnam War, and his work at Haverford College. The writing style is engaging, and readers are advised to keep a box of kleenex handy, for some of the laughs and some of the more moving passages are likely to make the eyes leaky. You get the impression that it would be a grand treat to have Stephen Cary over for supper, but he is gone now. Luckily, he left some writings behind, including this book, a second section of which gathers selected speeches and writings from his work, offering more delights from him, as a kind of bonus, in this single volume. --JMT
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