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Women Ministers: a Quaker Contribution

By Robert Leach

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #227 (1979)

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The work and influence of more than a dozen women, beginning with Margaret Fell, in the unprogrammed tradition of Quakerism. Edited by Ruth Blattenberger.

About the Author(s)

Robert Leach (1916-2002) was a conscientious objector during World War II. He worked as a schoolteacher and has done substantial research on whaling and Nantucket Quaker history. His Quakerism led him to see that Quaker Identity is maintained by observing the traditional Quaker procedures, especially recording the answers to the regular exhortations and questions about our personal and corporate lives (“Advices and Queries”), and by recording lives in Journals and Histories. Leach recorded his own life as a gay Quaker in the twentieth century in his own journals. This included everything from a youth spent in the closet to his coming out process in his sixties. This process began only after the passing of his wife Jean Frances, a star at Wimbledon, with whom Leach had two children.

Leach wrote extensively about Quakers in the United States, writing about Nantucket, The Hicksite Orthodox Separations, and also Geneva Monthly Meeting. He ran the history department at the International School, Geneva, where he helped establish the International Baccalaureate, and Founded the Student United Nations. He spent many years as a clerk and elder within Geneva Monthly Meeting.

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #227

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Weight 2.3 oz