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I am a Quaker editor and blogger who lives thirty miles southeast of Philadelphia, Pa. I’m a “convinced” Friend, walking into my first meeting house at age twenty. I belong to Atlantic City Area Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
Since 2011, I’ve served as the senior editor of Friends Journal, the venerable monthly magazine of “Quaker Thought and Life Today” (if you’re interested in writing for us, please check out our Editorial Guidelines)
I also publish QuakerQuaker.org. It started in 2003 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 grant from the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment to turn it into a new 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 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 Nonviolence.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. In 1998 I joined the staff of Friends General Conference, serving for eight years as bookstore clerk, website developer, and outreach coordinator. 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.
I’ve been blogging since 1997. The earliest material was written for Nonviolence.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.
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.
Biography for use in publicity
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 QuakerQuaker.org, an online community for Convergent Friends. An early adopter of social media, he writes about culture, politics and spirituality at Martinkelley.com. He lives in New Jersey.
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 Fire. Old 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 Friend: Quakers in the Blogosphere (PDF). Editorial features Quakerquaker.org. February-March 2006.
FGConnections, The 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 Quakerquaker.org. August 2006.
Washington Post, Waging War on War: profile of a number of peace groups including Nonviolence.org.
Atlantic Monthly, Not Your Father’s Antiwar Movement (subscription required): Cited Nonviolence.org.
USA Today, Missiles Aren’t the Answer: Featured Op-Ed, November 16th, 1998. Author.
New York Times, Iraqi Crisis Increases Activity on Peace Network: feature New York Times profile of Nonviolence.org, February 21, 1998.
Friends Institute Fellowship, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: For work on Nonviolence.org (1996).