Martin Kelley

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Mar­tin Kel­ley is Quaker edi­tor and blog­ger who lives thirty miles south­east of Philadel­phia, Pa. He is the founder of Quak­erQuaker, a social net­work­ing site; since 2011, he has served as senior edi­tor of Friends Jour­nal, the ven­er­a­ble monthly mag­a­zine of “Quaker Thought and Life Today.”


I cofounded a weekly zine (“The VACUUM”) in col­lege at Vil­lanova Uni­ver­sity in the late 1980s and in some ways I’ve just kept rein­vent­ing that wheel ever since. My career for­mally began in 1990 as a book designer and acqui­si­tions edi­tor at the collectively-run New Soci­ety Pub­lish­ers, pro­ducer of books for non­vi­o­lent social change. When it hit the finan­cial wall in 1995, I jumped online and started Non​vi​o​lence​.org with the quaint-sounding tagline “Web type­set­ting for the move­ment by the move­ment.” It gen­er­ated media excite­ment, brought together a com­mu­nity of activists, and helped pio­neered some online jour­nal­is­tic forms, but poten­tial fun­ders didn’t know what to make of it.

I’ve been blog­ging since 1997. The ear­li­est mate­r­ial was writ­ten for Non​vi​o​lence​.org. Over time, the writ­ing became more per­sonal and spir­i­tual and I wrote as the “Quaker Ranter.” Much of my more recent blog­ging is curatorial—interesting links shared—with more orig­i­nal, long form writ­ing hap­pen­ing as it will a few times a month.

In 1998 I joined the staff of Friends Gen­eral Con­fer­ence, serv­ing for eight years as book­store clerk, web­site devel­oper, and out­reach coör­di­na­tor. In 2003 I started Quak​erQuaker​.org as a com­pendium of inter­est­ing links on my blog’s side­bar. In 2005 my meet­ing min­uted its sup­port of my work and I was awarded recog­ni­tion and a small grant from the Clarence and Lilly Pick­ett Endow­ment to turn it into a new volunteer-powered mag­a­zine, which I dubbed Quak­erQuaker. A lot of the early coa­lesc­ing of what’s come to be called the Con­ver­gent Friends move­ment took place on this site. I’m a “con­vinced” Friend, walk­ing into my first meet­ing house at age twenty and have been a mem­ber of Atlantic City Area Friends Meet­ing since 2002.

in 2006 I started a web design busi­ness, work­ing with a mix of small busi­nesses, jour­nal­ists, and Quaker non­prof­its before tak­ing on the senior edi­tor role at Friends Jour­nal in 2011 (if you’re inter­ested in writ­ing for us, please check out our Edi­to­r­ial Guide­lines).

I grew up in north­ern Philadel­phia neigh­bor­hoods and adja­cent Chel­tenham Town­ship and moved to West Philly as soon as I got out of col­lege. To mutual sur­prise I started dat­ing an South Jer­sey native (and she a Philadel­phian?!), whose wiles led me across the wide expanses of the Delaware River into the terra incog­nita of deep South Jer­sey. I now live a kind of charmed exile in lovely Ham­mon­ton, N.J., with my wife and four kids, Theo, Fran­cis, Gre­gory and Laura and spend a lot of time explor­ing woods and the back sand roads of the Pine Barrens.

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Mar­tin Kel­ley is a Philadelphia-area Friend with a love out of out­reach and min­istry and a pas­sion for look­ing afresh at Friends’ tes­ti­monies, lan­guage, and prac­tices. He is edi­tor of Friends Jour­nal, the monthly Quaker mag­a­zine, and founder of Quak​erQuaker​.org, an online com­mu­nity for Con­ver­gent Friends. An early adopter of social media, he writes about cul­ture, pol­i­tics and spir­i­tu­al­ity at Mar​tinkel​ley​.com. He lives in New Jersey.


A down­load­able pro­file pic­ture is avail­able on Flickr (direct down­load).

Work­shops and Presentations


Had­don­field Friends Meet­ing (Speaker): “Shar­ing the Good News with Social Media,” pre­sen­ta­tion for First-day school adult class. Had­don­field, N.J. Octo­ber 20, 2013.

Quaker Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence (Pan­elist): “Friendly Mar­ket­ing: Mind­ing the Mes­sage,” Earl­ham School of Reli­gion, Rich­mond, Ind. Panel dis­cus­sion with Mar­garet C. Stark, Tom Far­quhar, and Chris Hardie. August 18, 2013.


Quak­ers Unit­ing in Pub­li­ca­tions (Co-Presenter): “From Do-It-Yourself to Big Quaker Pub­lish­ing: The Spec­trum and How it Serves Read­ers and Writ­ers.” Pen­dle Hill Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, Walling­ford, Pa. Co-presented with Gabriel Ehri. May 12, 2012.


Abing­ton Friends Meet­ing Adult Class (Speaker): “Lessons on Vocal Min­istry from Early Friends,” talk given at First-day school adult class. Jenk­in­town, Pa., Novem­ber 6, 2011.

Earl­ham School of Reli­gion (Class Guest): “Writ­ing for Today’s Media Mar­ket” taught by J Brent Bill. Rich­mond, Ind. (via video). May 24, 2011.

Pacific North­west Quar­terly Meet­ing (Pan­elist):Sim­plic­ity, Integrity, Clar­ity: What is Plain Speech Today?” Wash­ing­ton State (via video). April 16, 2011.


Philadel­phia Yearly Meet­ing (Speaker): “Find­ing Fel­low­ship Between Friends Through the Inter­net,” part of the “Friends 2.0: New Tools for Our Faith” speaker series. Arch Street Meet­ing­house fol­low­ing Interim Meet­ing ses­sions, Philadel­phia, Pa. Sep­tem­ber 11, 2010.

Quak­ers Unit­ing in Pub­li­ca­tions (Panel Speaker): Writer’s con­fer­ence. Rich­mond, Ind. (via video). April 2010.

Pen­dle Hill (Asso­ciate Teacher): “Con­ver­gent Friends and the New Monas­tics.” Pen­dle Hill Con­fer­ence Cen­ter. Week­end work­shop led with C. Wess Daniels. Walling­ford, Pa. May 2010.


Salem (N.J.) Quar­terly Meet­ing (Speaker):An Intro­duc­tion to Con­ver­gent Friends.” Salem Quar­ter Meet­ing. Green­wich, N.J. Sep­tem­ber 13, 2009.

Philadel­phia Yearly Meet­ing Young Friends (Facil­i­ta­tor): “Friends Tes­ti­monies, What Canst Thou Say?” Two-part ses­sion for sum­mer gath­er­ing. Camp Onas, Ottsville, Pa. August 25, 2009.

Ben Lomond Friends Cen­ter (Co-leader):Reclaim­ing the Power of Prim­i­tive Quak­erism.” Week­end work­shop co-led with Robin Mohr and C. Wess Daniels. Ben Lomond, Calif. Feb­ru­ary 2009.

Friends Coun­cil on Edu­ca­tion (Pre­sen­ter):Friends Schools and Web 2.0” (video). Panel dis­cus­sion. Ger­man­town Friends School, Philadel­phia, Pa.. Jan­u­ary 2009.


Friends Coun­cil on Edu­ca­tion (Pre­sen­ter): Reli­gion and Tech­nol­ogy Teach­ers Peer Net­work. Philadel­phia, Pa., Decem­ber 2007. Also avail­able as Google Slideshow Presentation

Ohio Yearly Meet­ing Ses­sions (Co-presenter): Panel on Con­ver­gent Friends move­ment dur­ing annual ses­sions. Panel with C. Wess Daniels. Bar­nesville, Ohio, August 2007.


Moorestown (N.J.) Friends Meet­ing Quak­erism 101 (Teacher): Four-session intro­duc­tory course. Moorestown, N.J. October-November 8, 2006.

Friends Gen­eral Con­fer­ence Gath­er­ing Inter­est Group (Co-faciliator): On Fire: Renew­ing Quak­erism Through a Cov­er­gence of Friends. Tacoma, Wash., July 3, 2006.

William Penn Char­ter (Class Guest): Quak­erism classes, William Penn Char­ter School. Philadel­phia, Pa.. April 2006.

New York Yearly Meet­ing Pow­ell House Cen­ter (Work­shop Leader)Food for FireOld Chatham, N.Y. Feb­ru­ary 2006.


Friends Gen­eral Con­fer­ence Gath­er­ing (Work­shop Co-leader): Strangers to the Covenant. Five ses­sion work­shop for high-school Friends co-led with Zachary Moon. Nor­mal, Ill., July 2005.


Med­ford (N.J.) Friends Meet­ing Quak­erism 101 (Teacher):Six ses­sion intro­duc­tory course. Med­ford, N.J. September-November, 2004.


Cen­tral Philadel­phia (Pa.) Friends Meet­ing Quak­erism 101 (Teacher): “Liv­ing in the Light” (one ses­sion). Philadel­phia, Pa. March 2003.

Pub­li­ca­tions and Media

Read­WriteWeb (repub­lished on NYTimes​.com), Tech­nol­ogy is Great but Are We For­get­ting to Live? Quote and cita­tion. Jan­u­ary 22, 2009. Read more.

O’Reilly Media, Web 2.0 Mashups and Niche Aggre­ga­tors. Book pub­lished as part of O’Reilly Media Short­cuts Series. Author.

West­ern FriendQuak­ers in the Blo­gos­phere (PDF). Edi­to­r­ial fea­tures Quak​erquaker​.org. February-March 2006.

FGConnec­tionsThe Wit­ness of Our Lost Twenty-Somethings (archived copy): Spring 2005. Author.

Friends Jour­nal, The World Is Hun­gry for What We’ve Tasted: Octo­ber 2006. Author.

Beliefnet​.com, Best Spir­i­tual Blogs: Cited Quak​erquaker​.org. August 2006. 

Wash­ing­ton PostWag­ing War on War: profile of a num­ber of peace groups includ­ing Non​vi​o​lence​.org.

Atlantic MonthlyNot Your Father’s Anti­war Move­ment (sub­scrip­tion required): Cited Non​vi​o​lence​.org.

USA Today, Mis­siles Aren’t the AnswerFea­tured Op-Ed, Novem­ber 16th, 1998. Author.

New York Times, Iraqi Cri­sis Increases Activ­ity on Peace Net­work: fea­ture New York Times pro­file of Non​vi​o​lence​.org, Feb­ru­ary 21, 1998.


Pick­ett Endow­ment for Quaker Lead­er­ship: To support 2005–2006 activ­i­ties that led to the cre­ation of Quak​erQuaker​.org.

Friends Insti­tute Fel­low­ship, Philadel­phia Yearly Meet­ing: For work on Non​vi​o​lence​.org (1996).