Homewood to Welcome the Golden Rule, Historic Peace Ship

The History

The Golden Rule was a 30-foot ketch whose captain and crew attempted to sail to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean in 1958, where the U.S. was conducting atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons. This dangerous voyage was designed to challenge and confront the myth that nuclear weapons make us safer.

This was a Quaker-organized and financed project, and the skipper and 2 of the 3 crew members were Quakers. The voyage of the Golden Rule got an amazing amount of publicity at the time, and arguably was quite important in the elimination of atmospheric testing.

The Journey Continues

The skipper of the original Golden Rule, Albert Bigelow, wrote a book entitled The Voyage of the Golden Rule: An Experiment with Truth. The Peace and Social Justice Committee (PSJ) of Homewood Friends encourages everyone to read this book. (See below for book purchase options).

PSJ will offer Friends throughout BYM and beyond an opportunity to participate in a book club.

There will be three Zoom meetings to discuss the book:

February 20th @ 7:30
March 20th @ 7:30
April 17th @ 7:30 pm.

Register for session one (3/20 @ 7:30) here.

For more information, contact Jean Athey (jlathey@comcast.net) or Malachy Kilbride (malachykilbride@gmail.com). Please feel free to invite any other Quaker Friends to participate in the
book club. Whether or not you can participate in the book club, be sure to read this book; Jean says
that it is one of the best books she has ever read!

Book Purchasing Options

Amazon: Kindle ($2.99), paperback ($33.95), or hardback ($48.95)]

Google Play: E-book (about $3-4)

Barnes & Noble: Nook/E-book (about $3-4)

Homewood has purchased a copy of the book for our library. For help obtaining a copy or questions about how to purchase and use e-books, contact Malachy Kilbride malachykilbride@gmail.com.

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