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Eileen Flanagan
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Eileen Flanagan is a writer, teacher, and activist. Her most recent book, The Wisdom to Know the Difference: When to Make a Change -- And When to Let Go, explores how to apply the message of the Serenity Prayer, accepting the things we cannot change and changing those we can. Endorsed by the Dalai Lama, it won a 2010 Silver Nautilus Book Award and made the Top Ten in Northwest Philly list.

Eileen Flanagan is also the author of God Raising Us: Parenting As a Spiritual Practice, Listen with Your Heart: Seeking the Sacred in Romantic Love, and an essay in Who’s Your Mama: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers. Her articles have appeared in publications like Tikkun, as well as online venues such as Beliefnet and the Washington Post’s On Faith column.

Eileen speaks on television and radio, at national conferences, to religious congregations, and on a variety of college campuses. She holds a B.A. from Duke and an M.A. from Yale and serves on the board of the Earth Quaker Action Team.

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Earth Quakers Model Rapid-fire Escalation at PowerShift

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 5:53 PM


Spirits were high on Monday, October 21 as seven representatives of Earth Quaker Action Team were lead away by Pittsburgh police for refusing to stop speaking out about PNC Bank's financing of mountaintop removal coal mining, a destructive practice...

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The Few and the Many: Linking a Campaign to a Movement

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:07 PM

When I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence on February 13 along with author Bill McKibben, the Sierra Club's Michael Brune, civil rights icon Julian Bond and 44 others, it was a big moment for my organization, Earth Quaker...

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Where Are the Victims?

(6) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 10:30 PM

Tammy Manning and her grandaughter Madison. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

"They are not victims!" shouted Gasland director Josh Fox as he stood on stage before a group of about 10 people who had allegedly been hurt by hydraulic fracturing. They...

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Fighting Fracking in South Africa

(9) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 6:38 PM

Photo by Jonathan Deal

South Africa announced Friday that it would lift its moratorium on hydrolic fracturing, the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as "fracking." In response, Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) is launching a legal battle to protect the...

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For African Environmentalists, Time to Get Beyond Polar Bears

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 12:43 PM

More than one black South African has told me that they saw the environment as a "white people's issue" when they were cutting their activist teeth in the struggle against apartheid. So, in 2012, how does Greenpeace -- which has historically been associated with not only white people, but often...

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Moving the Green Movement Forward (Literally)

(25) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 6:53 PM


Although environmental awareness sometimes seems to drop off the day after Earth Day, this spring there are a number of eco-justice groups taking their message on the road, making connections, and building broader coalitions in the process.

On April 30 the Earth...

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Revolutionary Love

(10) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 3:52 PM

Recently I went to a panel discussion that's part of a series on Revolutionary Nonviolence organized by a coalition of groups, including Quakers and representatives of Occupy Philadelphia. There were supposed to be four panelists on this particular night, but the one representing "Faith Community-Based Nonviolent Action" could...

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Green Your Money: Earth-Conscious Quakers Against Mountaintop Removal

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Before the end of chattel slavery in the United States, some people of faith refused to buy sugar produced by slaves. During apartheid many divested from companies working in South Africa. In that tradition of non-cooperation with injustice, the Earth Quaker Action Team is launching a new program called

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Shaken to the Core: Oprah's Surprise Sister -- and Mine

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 11:11 AM

When Oprah Winfrey recently announced that she had just learned of the existence of a half-sister, she described it as news that "shook [her] to [her] core." I understood what she meant. Two years after my father's death, as I was going through family documents, I discovered that...

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Quakers Advocate Living in 'Right Relationship' with Creation

(105) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 7:32 AM

When most people hear of Quakers and social action, they think of nineteenth-century abolitionists, the early advocates of women's suffrage, or maybe the anti-war movement. Now, after decades of not being in the news much, American Quakers are applying their tradition of non-violent action to environmental issues, focusing on the...

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Changing Faith: Why It's Not a Bad Thing

(283) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 9:31 PM

People who believe that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim often cite as evidence the fact that his father was a Muslim and that he briefly attended a Muslim school. The assumption seems to be that the President couldn't be sincere in his claim to have embraced a different faith,...

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How Religion Changes Lives

(712) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 8:56 PM

I have a friend who describes herself as "a controlling type of person," a single mom who tends to worry about money and germs. A practicing Muslim, she says that fasting during Ramadan helps her to feel more peaceful, despite the physical difficulty. Self-denial, daily prayer, and heightened compassion for...

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