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FGC Gathering 2016 Photos

Scenes from this year's Quaker gathering in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

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The Philadelphia host committee featured many representatives from Quaker organizations.

Holding Hard Truths

Good News from White Privilege Conference

Trevor Johnson was the editorial fellow at Friends Journal through Quaker Voluntary Service’s second-year Alumni Fellows program. He is a member of West Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


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Hope for the White Supremacist Within

Do we need a 12-step program to overcome our internalized racism.

LVM Shelton, metaphysician, mathophile, and musician, taught academic philosophy until 1996, and has worked as a mental health counselor. Her ministry among Friends includes workshop offerings that nurture diverse and transformative spiritual community. She is a member of Plainfield (Vt.) Meeting.


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Constitution Day in Fjelhamar, Norway, May 17, 2014.

Equality among Today’s Vikings

Quaker testimonies don't have to be compromised in politics.

George Lakey’s research for his new book Viking Economics (available from QuakerBooks) was supported by Swarthmore College during his seven years there as professor. He cofounded Earth Quaker Action Team (eqat.org) whose new campaign unites concerns for racial, economic, and climate justice. His column on Wagingnonviolence.org is “Living Revolution.”


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Climate Change Can’t Wait for Quaker Time

Balancing patience with urgency in the monthly meeting.

Marjorie McKelvey Isaacs is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, and clerks the meeting’s earthcare committee. Marjorie is also preparing a guidebook that helps most willing adults provide a child-sized way into silent worship and the direct experience of God. She has a private practice in psychology.


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The Third Reconstruction

It's time to get America above the snake line of racial oppression.

Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, is founder of Repairers of the Breach, chief architect of the Forward Together Moral Mondays Movement, and author of The Third Reconstruction (Beacon Press).

© American Friends Service Committee. This article is adapted from a talk given to AFSC’s Corporation Meeting in March. AFSC has been supporting Rev. Barber’s Repairers of the Breach revival tour in several cities. The full talk is available at afsc.org/barber.


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Framing the Light

Quaker meetinghouses as space and Spirit.

Jean Schnell is a lifelong Quaker with roots in Valley Meeting in Wayne, Pa. She is now a member of Framingham (Mass.) Meeting. She is a retired nurse and health coach. She loves the contemplative process of viewing the world through a camera with delight, awe, and joy. Her photographs of meetinghouses can be found at JeanSchnell.com.


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It’s the Spirit That Makes It Beautiful

A Friends church in Oregon opens itself to its neighbors.

Cherice Bock teaches at George Fox University, and is pursuing a PhD in environmental studies. She is part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, where she organizes Peace Month (nwfriends.org/peacemonth). Cherice enjoys spending time with her spouse and two sons, raising chickens, gardening, hiking, biking, writing, and reading.


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Ministry of Tourism

A historic meetinghouse becomes a place where the public can learn about Friends.

Since 2013, Lynne Calamia has overseen the operation, maintenance, and upkeep of the historic Arch Street Meeting House and burial ground. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Penn State University. Lynne is a member of the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia.


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Grounding Friends Presence on Capitol Hill

Creating a space where all people are welcome, heard, and respected.

Beth Henricks is a member of Western Yearly Meeting and Indianapolis First Friends Meeting (Ind.), where she also serves as director of Christian Education and Family Ministries. Beth is a long-serving member of FCNL’s governance and clerk of the capital campaign committee. Beth is a divinity student at Earlham School of Religion.


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