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Student Voices Project: Focus on Integrity

Sixth- and ninth-grade students write about the testimony of integrity in our first annual student writing competition.

Posted in: April 2014, Features, Student Voices Project

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Fifteen Years of the Bridge Film Festival

An interview with Andrew Cohen of Brooklyn Friends School.

Martin Kelley is senior editor at Friends Journal. 

Posted in: April 2014, Features

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Friends Education: Our Light for the World

The experience of a Friends education leads to a teaching career.

Galen McNemar Hamann is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.). She is director of Friends education at Moses Brown School, where she teaches religion and ethics and serves as a spiritual counselor. She also serves as a multi-faith chaplain in local hospitals.

Posted in: April 2014, Features

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Quakers and Unschooling

One Quaker family’s approach to education.

Seres Kyrie lives with her partner and two children in southwest Wisconsin where they homeschool, make music, and cook delicious food. The Kyries travel an hour to Madison (Wis.) Meeting, where they are in the process of becoming members. When they cannot attend meeting, worship is held on the riverbanks.

Posted in: April 2014, Features

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The Gun Play Dilemma

How one Friends school handles fantasy play in the early elementary classroom.

Jennifer Arnest is the lower school head at San Francisco Friends School. She has been an educator in the field of early childhood education for more than 20 years and attended Friends School of Baltimore in Maryland as a young student. SFFS is a K–8 independent school founded 13 years ago.

Posted in: April 2014, Features

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Quaker Institutional Identity

What makes an institution Quaker?

R. Melvin Keiser is professor emeritus of religious studies, Guilford College. He is the author of many essays in Quaker theology and post-critical philosophy, and of books on early Quaker Isaac Penington (with Rosemary Moore) and on the American theologians H. Richard Niebuhr and Stanley Romaine Hopper. He is a member of Swannanoa Valley Meeting in Black Mountain, N.C.

Posted in: April 2014, Features

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Elitist Institutions?

Examining Quaker perceptions of Friends schools.

Louis Herbst is the academic dean at Scattergood Friends School, a member of Richland Meeting in Quakertown, Pa., and former member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Committee on Friends Education. He is a graduate of the Friends Council on Education’s Leadership Institute and holds a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Posted in: April 2014, Features

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Quaker Leadership and Education

Three stories and a vision of recovering joy.

Alexander Levering Kern is an educator, poet, writer, ecumenical and interfaith leader, and member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.). Editor of the anthology Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations, he currently serves as executive director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University in Boston.

Posted in: April 2014, Features

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In Celebration of Bivocational Ministry

Balancing workloads when ministry is just one of our jobs is easier with caring encouragement from others.

Robin Mohr serves as executive secretary for the Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas. She is married, has two sons at home, and is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. She also writes about Quaker topics and her spiritual journey for her blog at robinmsf.blogspot.com.

Posted in: Features, March 2014

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Releasing Friends

Two Friends make the case for a crowdfunding resource website that would benefit those in ministry.

Vonn New is an independent Drupal developer and site builder. She carries a travel minute from Bulls Head-Oswego Meeting endorsed by its quarterly and yearly meetings. She is a percussionist and composer and finds improvised music her deepest form of prayer. Contact her at vonn.new@gmail.com.

Viv Hawkins practices and teaches about faithfulness, and is working with Vonn New on the Releasing Ministry website (releasingministry.org) to crowdfund ministry. She carries a minute of religious service from Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting endorsed by its quarterly and yearly meetings. Viv loves Lola Georg and serves with the Shalom Center. Contact her at friendviv2@gmail.com.

 

Posted in: Features, March 2014

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