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Silent Bodies: My Struggle with an Eating Disorder

Quakers and the spirituality of food and the body. Podcast available.

Madeline Schaefer grew up attending Radnor (Pa.) Meeting outside of Philadelphia. She currently lives in West Philadelphia in a big house with lots of house meetings and good conversation. When she is not riding her bicycle around the city, she can be found doing yoga, writing poetry, and collecting stories.

Posted in: Features, March 2015

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Through the Clouds of Unknowing

An inward journey through clouds of uncertainty.

A member of Canadian Yearly Meeting, Keith R. Maddock is trained in theology, religious education, and multifaith chaplaincy. He has authored articles on prison visitation and spiritual growth published in such periodicals as The Canadian Friend, Friends Journal, Pendle Hill Pamphlets, Spirituality, and Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction.

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26 Weekends at Columbia County Jail

A jailed Quaker chronicles the stories behind the bars of mass incarceration. Includes video author interview.

Joseph Olejak is an attender at Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting. He discovered Quaker principles when he met his long-time friend Peter Miles at age 16 while hiking in Copake Falls, N.Y. Peter taught English at George School and introduced him to the work of Kurt Vonnegut. Joseph is a chiropractor by training.

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A Powerful Hope

Reflections on the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome.

Phil Lord is clerk of the board of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and an attorney who began his career by organizing low-income tenants. A longtime Quaker, he is a founding member of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. He currently serves as the executive director of TURN, a non-governmental service and advocacy organization in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Human Trafficking: We Cannot Keep Silent

A sober look at the modern day slavery that fuels our consumerism. Includes author video chat.

Jack Ciancio, is a member of Ararat (N.C.) Meeting, clerk of the Peace and Social Issues Committee of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting (FUM), Friends Committee on National Legislation General Committee member, president of Solutions4Peace Ministries (Solutions4peace.com), and a hospice volunteer and bereavement counselor.

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The Friendly FolkDancers Tour the Congo: Along the western edge of Lake Tanganyika

The Quaker dancing troupe visits a failed state.

Rosemary Coffey, a member of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Meeting, is a former teacher and current freelance editor. She has been touring with the Friendly FolkDancers since 1992.

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Returning Home Changed

Returning home doesn’t mean leaving the journey behind. Podcast and video author chat available.

Rachel Guaraldi is a practitioner and scholar of peace-building, interreligious dialogue, and community development. She is a member of Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston, Mass., and is currently part of a clinical pastoral education program in Boston where she is training to be a hospital chaplain.

Posted in: Features, February 2015

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Quaker Passage Ceremonies for Our Youth

Engaging young Friends and rebuilding our faith.

Ken Brick is a lifelong Friend, former member of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, current member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, now living in Wilmington, Del. He is a graduate of Earlham College, the City University of New York graduate school, and has numerous affiliations with Quaker institutions. Author audio reading available.

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A Pacifist’s Coming of Age

What needs would invented Quaker rituals fill today?

Ralph (R.M.) Ambrose is a writer of science fiction and fantasy and an IT professional. Ralph has studied anthropology and linguistics, and has a first degree black belt in Aikido. He has attended Berea (Ky.) Meeting, Orange Grove Meeting in Pasadena, Calif., and Inland Valley Meeting in Riverside, Calif. He blogs at http://liminal.IT.

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The Meanings of Endings

Every ending transforms us.

Jim Ross is a public health researcher and an attender at Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting. He is a resident of Silver Spring, Md. Author audio reading available.

Posted in: Features, February 2015

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