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Among Friends: Expanding the Definition of Home

“This morning I had my first South African Quaker Meeting experience. I couldn’t be happier that I found a meeting house so close to where I live (a 10 minute walk away!). I plan on going every Sunday morning Read the rest

Gail Whiffen is associate editor of Friends Journal.


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Forum, October 2016

Feedback from our readers.

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What Unites Us

If we want a world without war, we must first accept our own Quaker family.

Gretchen Castle serves as general secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation–World Office in London, which works across the four section offices around the world and represents Friends at the world level. Gretchen is a member of Doylestown (Pa.) Meeting.


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The World Plenary Meeting in Pisac, Peru, January 2016. Photo (c) Vanessa Julye.

The Quaker Family

Do Friends survive on the world stage because of our wide theological diversity.

Now retired from her professional life in human resources, Elaine Green focuses on Quaker responsibilities. A member of Bury Saint Edmunds Local Meeting, she is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in Quaker studies through Woodbrooke College (accredited by Lancaster University).


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A Place of Stillness in Iran

By the time this issue of Friends Journal comes out, I will have returned from my second trip to Iran with my Iranian husband, Ali. On my first trip, in 2009, I visited the tomb of the poet Hafez… Read the rest

Karie Firoozmand is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md.


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A Ministry of Presence

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USFWI 2010 Triennial, Mombasa, Kenya.

The Spirit of God is often found in the midst of conflict. We can find it if we are able to stand still, prayerfully listen to one another and to the divine presence among Read the rest

Joan Dyer Liversidge, a member of Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting has traveled among Friends United Meeting Friends since 2002 and serves on the Intervisitation Working Group. This summer she traveled as a minister of presence to the annual sessions of Evangelical Friends Church Eastern Region, Indiana Yearly Meeting, and Intermoutain Yearly Meeting.


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Why Quakers Stopped Voting

Friends have long wrestled with the moral implications of voting.

Paul Buckley is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Quaker history, faith, and practice. His most recent book is The Essential Elias Hicks.


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Heart Like a Mountain

FJ Poetry: "My grandmother had a heart like a mountain."

Carol Wills lives in Durham, N.C.


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Retirement Community

FJ Poetry: "The bridge over waning years is crease with toil"

Sunshine F. Branner lives in Alexandria, Va.


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