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The first issue of What Canst Thou Say? was published by Jean Roberts and Jim Flory in October 1994. That first issue was accompanied by a cover letter that began, “This is an invitation for you to become a participating member in a new newsletter. If we get a positive response from you and the others receiving this mailing the newsletter will become a reality, if not we will lay it to rest with no regrets. It is like launching a kite: Jean and Jim will run down the beach to get it airborne, but lacking the breeze of contributions of your articles, responses, questions, and quotes it will not fly.”
Marcelle Martin, Carol Roth, and Patricia McBee took over the responsibility from Jean Roberts and Jim Flory in May of 1997 and started the practice of having themes for each issue. Then Kathryn Gordon joined and Carol's daughter, Morgan Roth, helped Carol with layout. When we advertised for new team members in February of 1999, Linda Lee, Mariellen Gilpin, Roena Oesting, and Lissa Field responded. Soon after that Linda brought in Amy Perry as subscription manager and Lieselotte Heil began sending renewal reminders. Kathy Tapp agreed to be a guest editor and stayed on the team. Mariellen brought in Grayce Mesner when Roena went to New Zealand in 2001. Sue Kern began managing subscriptions with Earlham College facilites when Amy resigned in 2002 and Margaret Willits came on as Treasurer. When Linda needed to minimize her involvement in 2002, we got the guest editor idea again and that brought in Judy Lumb, Eleanor Warnock, Jennifer Elam, and Ellen Michaud. Judith Detert-Moriarty designed a completely new look for What Canst Thou Say? that was launched with the November 2003 issue. Chris Johns joined in 2005 after Mariellen Gilpin appealed for her help in finishing the August issue. Richard Himmer and Wayne Yarnall responded in 2006 to our request for a new subscriptions manager and Joan Johnston became our new bookeeper. Mike Resman joined the editorial team in 2008.
What Canst Thou Say? Past Issues (click on title for back issues)
#78 May 2013 Meaning from Despair #77 February 2013 Prophetic Vision #76 November 2012 Children's Mystical Experiences #75 August 2012 Unity #74 June 2012 Disabilities #73 February 2012 Shame #72 November 2011 Death and Dying #71 August 2011 Creativity and Mysticism
May 2011 Animals #69 February 2011 Prayer #68 November 2010 Silence and Music #67 August 2010 Questioning #66 May 2010 Addiction and Grace #65 February 2010 #64 November 2009 Bread and Roses #63 August 2009 Body Prayer #62 May 2009 Strangers #61 February 2009 Gratefulness #60 November 2008 Angels #59 August 2008 Telepathy #58 May 2008 Transforming Conflicts #57 February 2008 Called #56 November 2007 Feminine Aspects of the Divine #55 August 2007 Hospitality #54 May 2007 Unseen Hands #53 February 2007 Spirituality in the Workplace #52 November 2006 Evil #51 August 2006 Jesus #50 May 2006 Changed by Grace #49 February 2006 Touched by the Spirit #48 November 2005 God's Humor #47 August 2005 Seeing #46 May 2005 Spiritual Emergence(y) #45 February 2005 Loving God With Our Whole Being #44
Darkness #43 August 2004 Knowings #42 May 2004 Guidance #41 February 2004 Open and Tender #40 November 2003 Spiritual Healing #39 August 2003 Celebration and Transformation #38 May 2003 Birth and Rebirth #37 February 2003 Death and Dying #36 November 2002 Spiritual Metaphors #35 August 2002 God's Marvelous Workarounds #34 May 2002 The Arts and the Spirit #33 February 2002 Spiritual Experience and the Outward Life #32 November 2001 Kundalini Energy #31 August 2001 Forgiving #30 May 2001 Solitude #29 February 2001 Experiencing the Spirit in Quaker Business Process #28 November 2000 Visions and Voices #27 August 2000 Called to Intercessory Prayer #26 May 2000 Traditions that Feed My Soul #25 February 2000 Wholeness in the Midst of Brokenness #24 November 1999 Our Mystical Experiences in Childhood #23 August 1999 Speaking Out About Our Mystical Experiences #22 May 1999 Dreams #21 February 1999 Nature #20 November 1998 Mentors, Mentoring #19 August 1998 Discernment #18 May 1998 Healing #17 February 1998 Deepening Worship and Ministry #16 November 1997 Support for the Journey #15 August 1997 Letting Your Life Speak
From its inception in October 1994 through May 1997, fourteen issues were published, more or less every two months, but the issues did not have a unifying topic.
Past issues are available:
Full set, including the most recent, for $50
Partial Sets (Volumes 1-20, 21-40, 41-60) for $15 U.S.
Individual past issues are available for $1.50 each.
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What Canst Thou Say? is an independent publication by and for Quakers with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. It’s published in August, November, February, and May. The current editorial and production team is Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Lieselotte Heil, Richard Himmer, Chris Johns, Joan Johnston, Judy Lumb, Patricia McBee, Grayce Mesner, Mike Resman, Eleanor Warnock and Wayne Yarnall.