Friends Journal is published by Friends Publishing Corporation. The mission of the corporation is to communicate Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives.
The Board of Trustees is accountable for all aspects of the corporation’s operations, including editorial and administrative policies, financial solvency, continuity of organization, and maintaining Quaker perspective. Friends Publishing Corporation, although an independent Quaker organization, has a long history of association with Friends General Conference. The Board of Trustees includes Quakers from FGC, Friends United Meeting, Conservative, Evangelical Friends Church, dually-affiliated, and independent yearly meetings.
Paul M.A. Baker
Paul Baker is a member of Atlanta Friends Meeting (AFM), and serves on the Ministry and Worship committee. He has served previously at AFM as a member of the Adult Religious Education committee, Care and Counsel committee, and as convener, Fifth day Evening Meeting for Worship. He is co-manager, with Neil Fullagar, of the Religious Society of Friends – Quakers, on LinkedIn.com. He was previously a member of Friends Meeting of Washington, where he was a member of the membership committee from 1996 to 1999.
Professionally, Paul M.A. Baker, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Research with the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), and and hold an research faculty appointment with the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also an adjunct professor with the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His work focuses on institutional innovation in higher education, policy barriers to the adoption of wireless technologies by people with disabilities, teleworking and people with disabilities, online collaboration and virtual communities, collaborative policy networks and e-accessibility, social media and policy development. He is also involved in international policy research, especially as it relates to issues of technological accessibility and information technologies. Baker holds a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University and an M.P. in urban planning from the University of Virginia. He has served on the boards of several national associations and on the editorial boards of eleven journals.
Jon Berry is a writer, editor, and consultant who lives in New York City. He is employed at GfK North America, a market-research firm, where he is a vice president on Roper Reports, a trended global survey of people’s values, attitudes, and behaviors.
He previously worked as a journalist for publications including Business Week, AdWeek, and the Oakland (CA) Tribune.
In his free time, he is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree through Earlham School of Religion’s Access mixed-mode learning program.
Jon has been active in Quakerism in Indiana, California, and New York. This is his second stint on the board of Friends Publishing Corp. He previously served on the board from 2004 – 2011.
He is a graduate of Earlham College.
He is co-author of The Influentials (Free Press), a book on the rise of word-of-mouth and consumer influence.
Jim Cavener is a third-generation Southern Californian who was first exposed to the Society of Friends over half-century ago. He’s been active in Meetings in Claremont, CA (Pacific YM), New Haven (NEYM), Aberdeen, Scotland (Britain YM), Geneve, Switzerland, Ames, IA (Iowa Conservative YM), Paris (French YM), Wilmington, OH (Wilmington, YM), Morningside MM (NYYM), Vienna (Austria), Friends Meeting of Washington (Baltimore YM) and for the past 33 years, Asheville, NC (SAYMA). He has worked for, or on boards or committees of AFSC (Eastern and Western Europe, North Africa, the Middle East), AFSC regional and program offices (Pasadena, New York City, Des Moines, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington, DC), FCNL Program Committee, Friends World College, Friends Journal Board of Managers, Wilmington College, FGC (14 years on Long-Range Planning Committee, 6 years on Executive Committee), on planning committees for a dozen or more FGC Gatherings, including the two most recent at Blacksburg, VA. Archivist/Historian of Pacific YM, and recently on SAYMA committees. Co-clerked second FGC Gathering at Berea, KY.
Jim Cavener has been an adult delegate to a White House Conference on Youth, six years a Member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO (a Dept. of State Advisory Commission), been delegate to ACLU biennial in Seattle, UNESCO conferences in Ghana, San Francisco, Denmark, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Stockholm and Houston. Was on the board of The National Center for Voluntary Action in DC. Currently on board of the Western North Carolina ACLU, and the longest-sitting member of the board of the North Carolina state ACLU. Has been on planning committee for 2007 and the current 2011 Mid-winter Gatherings of FLGBTQC, for February 18-21, near Greensboro, NC. As a third career, has been a daily print journalist for the past quarter-century, both at papers in Southern California and the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Catherine Bly Cox
Catherine Cox was born and raised in Iowa, and educated at the College of William and Mary, Oxford University, and Yale University, where she received a Ph.D. in English. She taught at Rutgers University for several years, and then left teaching to marry, move to Washington, D.C., co-author a book (Apollo) with her husband, Charles Murray, and settle into being a full-time mom.
Catherine lives in the rural town of Burkittsville, Maryland, and divides her time between local civic activities, the Literacy Council of Frederick County, various Quaker endeavors, and the demands of her garden and pets. She is recording clerk of Goose Creek Meeting (BYM) and currently serves as co-clerk of Ministry and Oversight there. She is a graduate of the School of the Spirit’s On Being a Spiritual Nurturer program, a member of the School of the Spirit’s development committee, and a mentee in the School’s Contemplative Retreats program.
A lifelong Quaker who currently lives and worships in West Philadelphia, Cara grew up in Baltimore Yearly Meeting schools and camps and continues to hold membership in her home meeting, Adelphi. Cara graduated from Haverford College in 2010 and is taking steps toward a community-based research career that blends divinity and public health. Nurturing Quaker writing, communication, and design is also a calling for Cara; she co-edited the book Spirit Rising: Young Quakers Speak and enjoys keeping up with other Quaker writers through the wonders of technology.
Guli Fager is a Quaker, a sex educator, an activist, and a writer. Born a Quaker in Langley Hill Friends Meeting, she grew up attending Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Catoctin Quaker Camp, FGC Gathering and graduated from Westtown School. In 2004 she received a leading to begin a ministry in sex education and reproductive justice advocacy, and she now works as Vice President of Education for Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She is a member of Friends Meeting of Austin.