I’m a Quaker editor and blogger living about thirty miles outside Philadelphia in the South Jersey pine barrens. I’m a “convinced” Friend, walking into my first meetinghouse around the age of twenty. I’m officially a member of Atlantic City Area Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.I’m Editor at Friends Journal, the venerable monthly magazine of “Quaker Thought and Life Today” (if you’re interested in writing for it, please check out our Editorial Guidelines)
I also publish QuakerQuaker.org. It started around 2003 as a sidebar of my personal blog where I highlighted the day’s interesting links. In 2005 I was awarded recognition and a modest grant from the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership to turn it into an online magazine (dubbed QuakerQuaker after a 2003 essay). In 2010 I launched the Quaker Ad Network in cooperation with Friends Journal magazine.
QuakerRanter is my free-for-all blog. There’s a lot of posts about Quakers and also about cool places I’ve explored in the South Jersey. But I let myself talk about whatever I want and my post on baby naming is actually one of the most visited on the site! Fellow Friends mystified or offended by the “Ranter” title should read “We’re all Ranters Now.” I want to keep the spirit of a blog with this site and post on any topic that flits across my mind, including my kidsTheo, Francis, Gregory and Laura.
I was very involved in pacifist publishing in my 20, working as a designer and editor at collectively-run New Society Publishers for six years in the early 1990s. In 1995, I founded Nonviolence.org (archive), a pioneering peace portal and early blog that I finally shuttered in 2008. In my thirties I served on the staff of Friends General Conference and worked on freelance projects with numerous Quaker nonprofits. I’ve been building Quakerish websites since 1995 and have been blogging since 1998 and editing on-and-off since 1990.
Martin Kelley is a Philadelphia area web designer who has been building online communities since 1995. An early adopter of user-created media, he was blogging in 1997 and picks up every social media service. In 2008 O’Reilly Media published “Web 2.0 Mashups and Niche Aggregators,” his first published tech publication. A professional web developer and consultant, he builds sites and writes about tech issues on MartinKelley.com.
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, a monthly Quaker magazine, and publisher of the online community site, QuakerQuaker.org. An early adopter of user-created media, Martin has been building online communities since 1995; in 2008 O’Reilly Media published “Web 2.0 Mashups and Niche Aggregators.” He writes about tech issues on MartinKelley.com and spirituality at QuakerRanter.org.
Past Workshops & Presentations
- Co-presenter, Quakers Uniting in Publications, “From Do-It-Yourself to Big Quaker Publishing: The Spectrum and How it Serves Readers and Writers.” Pendle Hill Conference Center, Wallingford, Pa. Saturday, May 12, 2012.
- Speaker, Abington Friends Meeting, “Lessons on Vocal Ministry from Early Friends,” talk given at First-day school adult class. Jenkintown, Pa., November 6, 2011.
- Class guest, Earlham School of Religion. “Writing for Today’s Media Market” taught by J Brent Bill. May 24, 2011. Richmond, Ind. via video.
- Panelist, Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting, “Simplicity, Integrity, Clarity: What is Plain Speech Today?” Washington State via video. April 16, 2011.
- Speaker, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, “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.
- Panel Speaker, Writer’s Conference sponsored by Quakers Uniting in Publications. Richmond, Ind., via video. April 2010.
- Associate Teacher, Pendle Hill, for a weekend workshop “Convergent Friends and the New Monastics.” Pendle Hill Conference Center. Wallingford, Pa. May 2010.
- Speaker, “An Introduction to Convergent Friends.” Salem Quarter Meeting. Greenwich, N.J. September 13, 2009.
- Facilitator, “Friends Testimonies, What Canst Thou Say?” Two-part session. Young Friends Summer Gathering (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting). Camp Onas, Ottsville, Pa. August 25, 2009.
- Co-leader, “Reclaiming the Power of Primitive Quakerism.” Weekend workshop. Ben Lomond Friends Center. Ben Lomond, Calif. February 2009.
- Presenter, “Friends Schools and Web 2.0” (video). Panel discussion for Friends Council on Education. At Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, Pa.. January 2009.
- Presenter, Religion and Technology Teachers Peer Network (Friends Council on Education). Center City Philadelphia, Pa., December 2007. Also available asGoogle Slideshow Presentation
- Co-presenter, with C Wess Daniels, for a panel on the Convergent Friends movement. Ohio Yearly Meeting annual sessions. Barnesville, Ohio, August 2007.
- Teacher, “Quakerism 101”. four-session course for Moorestown Friends Meeting. Moorestown, N.J. October –November 8, 2006.
- Co-faciliator, On Fire: Renewing Quakerism Through a Covergence of Friends. Interest group, FGC Gathering. Tacoma, Wash., July 3, 2006.
- Invited Guest, Quakerism classes, William Penn Charter School. Philadelphia, Pa.. April 2006.
- Leader, Food for Fire weekend workshop, New York Yearly Meeting’s Powell House conference center. Old Chatham, N.Y. February 2006.
- Co-leader, Strangers to the Covenant (five sessions), workshop for high-school Friends, FGC Gathering. Normal, Ill., July 2005.
- Teacher, Quakerism 101 (six sessions), Medford Friends Meeting. Medford, N.J. September-November, 2004.
- Teacher, “Living in the Light” Quakerism 101 course (one session), Central Philadelphia Friends Meeting. Philadelphia, Pa. March 2003.
- ReadWriteWeb (republished on NYTimes.com), Technology is Great but Are We Forgetting to Live?, January 22, 2009. Quote and citation. Read more.
- Web 2.0 Mashups and Niche Aggregators, published by the O’Reilly Media Shortcuts Series. Commissioned author.
- Quakers in the Blogosphere (PDF), Western Friend/Friends Bulletin, February-March 2006, editorial features Quakerquaker.org.
- FGConnections, The Witness of Our Lost Twenty-Somethings, Spring 2005. Author.Friends Journal, “The World Is Hungry for What We’ve Tasted,” October 2006. Author.
- Beliefnet.com, “Best Spiritual Blogs,” August 2006. Cited QuakerQuaker.org.
- Waging War on War, Washington Post, profile of a number of peace groups including Nonviolence.org.
- Not Your Father’s Antiwar Movement (subscription required), Atlantic Monthly, cited Nonviolence.org.
- USAToday, Missiles Aren’t the Answer, featured Op-Ed, November 16th, 1998. Author.
- Iraqi Crisis Increases Activity on Peace Network, a major New York Times profile of Nonviolence.org, February 21, 1998.
- Friends Institute Fellowship, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, for work on Nonviolence.org (1996).
- Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership, helped support 2005–2006 activities that led to the creation of QuakerQuaker.org.
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