I am a Quaker editor and blogger who lives about thirty miles outside Philadelphia, Pa. I'm a "convinced" Friend, walking into my first meetinghouse at twenty. I formally belong to Atlantic City Area Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, though I spend much of my time visiting various meetings.
I'm Editor at 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 around 2003 as a blog sidebar of interesting links I found in my web travels. 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, which I dubbed QuakerQuaker after a 2003 essay.
QuakerRanter is the current home of a blog I've been writing since 1997. It focuses on culture, politics and religion, with frequent posts on Quakers and nonviolence, and more occasional stories of family life and quirky local places.
I've been editing and publishing since 1990, both in print and online. I was very involved in pacifist publishing in my 20's, working as a graphic designer, typesetter, and editor at collectively-run New Society Publishers starting in 1990. In mid-decade, I founded Nonviolence.org, a pioneering peace portal and early blog that was probably too far ahead of its time and never became financially sustainable. In 1998 I joined the staff of Friends General Conference where I served for eight years in various capacities. Following that I worked on freelance projects with numerous Quaker nonprofits before being named Editor of Friends Journal in 2011.
I live in lovely Hammonton, N.J. (the Blueberry Capital of the World, don't you know?), with my wife and kids, Theo, Francis, Gregory and Laura.
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, 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 culture, politics and spirituality at QuakerRanter.org.
Martin Kelley 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 QuakerRanter.org. He lives in New Jersey.
A downloadable profile picture is available on Flickr (direct download).
Workshops and 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.
Publications and Media
- 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.