has primary responsibility for this website. Unless otherwise noted, Peter is the author of the writings posted here, and he bears sole personal responsibility for the overall content on this site:
"I am a life-long Friend. My parents, Margaret & Bob Blood, joined the Society of Friends during the 2nd world war. I grew up in Ann Arbor (MI) Friends Meeting. I was extremely active in Young Friends groups in high school and later in Young Friends of North America
. From 1969 to 1974 I helped found New Swarthmoor Community
, a Young Adult Friends movement committed to rediscovering the radical, God-led heart of early Quakerism.
While an undergrad at Oberlin College (Class of '68) I became increasing involved in nonviolent resistance to the Vietnam War and military conscription. I headed up a Conscription Committee for YFNA during the Vietnam era that provided support for Friends who took a noncooperator position in response to the draft. This involved also contacting and researching the experiences of older Friends who took this same position during World War II, the 1948 peacetime draft and the Korean War. Records of this research are in the Peace Collection at Swarthmore College. I was also active in A Quaker Action Group and later Movement for a New Society.
I attended the two year training program in spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation from 1986-88. I taught Quakerism and Bible at Westtown School and have led numerous retreats and classes in Quakerism for Quaker meetings, primarily in the Philadelphia region.
I was later active in Media (PA) and Middletown (Lima, PA) Monthly Meetings. Middletown Meeting wrote a number of letters over the years in support of Annie's & my music ministry as well as a letter supporting my teaching ministry among Friends.
I am an advanced practice psychiatric nurse working and teaching at the UMass Amherst School of Nursing. My wife, Annie Patterson, and I are currently members of Mt. Toby Meeting located in Leverett MA and live in Amherst with our teenage son Ian."
Other contributors to this site include:
Susan Smith is a member and elder of Rockingham (VA) Monthly Meeting in Ohio YM. She is a former clerk of Ohio YM, member of board of the Friends Center of Ohio YM and a member of the planning/discerning group of Quaker Spring. She has led many retreats and workshops on the subject of eldership.
Jan Hoffman is a convinced Friend and member of Mt Toby Meeting. She lives on a 12-acre farm in Amherst MA with her husband Ken. She is currently serving as clerk of the Faith & Practice Revision Committee of New England YM. She has been led to speak & lead many retreats & workshops among Friends, many on the subject of Quaker eldership & ministry. She was Friend-in-Residence at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, England, in 1993 for six months.
Debbie Humphries is a member of Hartford (CT) Meeting and travels under religious concern under a minute from that meeting, primarily within New England YM. She is a member of the Traveling Ministries & Intervisitation Program of NEYM. She serves on the board of the School of the Spirit, a Quaker ministry of prayer & learning . She is a public health nutritionist and clinical instructor in Epidemiology at Yale.