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What Quakers and Catholics Might Learn from One Another

Balancing head and heart in two spiritual homes.

John Pitts Corry is a long time member of Middletown Meeting in Lima, Pa., and feels like a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting during the nine months of each year when he and his wife, Betty, live in Albuquerque. He is also a member of John XXIII Catholic Community in Albuquerque and has a long association with the Norbertines in Paoli, Pa., and Albuquerque.

Posted in: Features, May 2015

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Shabbat and First Day

A Quaker Jewish path along walls and borders, both physical and spiritual.

Deborah Mayaan attends the Pima Meeting in Tucson, Ariz., where she is an energy work and flower essence practitioner. Her articles and essays have appeared in Spirituality & Health Magazine, the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Jewish Post, Tucson Lifestyle, the Tucson Weekly, and other publications. Her website is deborahmayaan.com.

Posted in: Features, May 2015

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Rediscovering Quakerism’s Liberal Religious Roots

Revisiting our spiritual tradition to find common ground in witness and service.

Isaac May is a graduate student in religious studies at the University of Virginia. He is an alumnus of Earlham College and holds an MA from Harvard Divinity School. Isaac became a member of the Religious Society of Friends at Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.).

Posted in: Features, May 2015

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My Quakerism and Eastern Spirituality

Clarifying Christian faith and Quaker life through Eastern spiritual teachings.

Jan Michael is a member of Stillwater (Okla.) Meeting and a graduate of the School of the Spirit Ministry’s program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer (class of 2014).

Posted in: Features, May 2015

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Allow Me to Introduce You, Witches and Friends

Navigating points of tension to find core values in common.

Meagan Fischer is called to use the social permaculture principle of cultivating edge by encouraging people who don’t usually interact to learn from each other. By doing so, she hopes they can build on each other’s strengths and find creative solutions to the world’s crises. She attends Chico Meeting in northern California.

Posted in: Features, May 2015

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In the Manner of Morocco

Celebrating Eid as a Quaker

Emma Hohenstein is a photographer and writer currently working on a book about young Quakers. Her work often focuses on minority culture or social groups with a leaning toward social justice. Emma lives between West Philadelphia, Pa., and Baltimore, Md., with her charming cat, Hamlet.

Posted in: Features, May 2015

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Holy Saturday Meditation

The day on which nothing happens. Author podcast available.

John Andrew Gallery lives in Philadelphia, Pa., and is a member of the city’s Chestnut Hill Meeting. In addition to Friends Journal articles and a Pendle Hill pamphlet (#358), John is the author of Living in the Kingdom of God. Information about John and his writings can be found at Johnandrewgallery.com.

Posted in: April 2015, Features

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Of Stinkbugs and God

Spiritual nurture and young children.

Joshua Valle is a pre-K teacher at Friends School of Baltimore, his alma mater. He lives in Baltimore, Md., with his wife and daughter (a Friends School student) and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time in the woods.

Posted in: April 2014, Features

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Teaching as Vessel to Spirit

A teacher facing burnout finds a new openness of heart after she starts worshipping with Friends. Podcast reading available.

Gretchen L. Morse has been teaching since 1981 at the individual, class, and collegiate levels. She is a professional oboist and performs in symphonies, and she is also a healer and neurofeedback practitioner. She has been an active member of Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Mich., since 2009.

Posted in: April 2015, Features

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Quaker Parenting from a Quaker Mother and Daughter

A Quaker type of parenting seen across two generations.

Lynn Fitz-Hugh is a psychotherapist and a founding member of 350seattle.org.  She and her daughter both belong to Eastside Meeting in Bellevue, Wash. Sara now goes by Alice Grendon and is in her first year at Hampshire College studying sustainable agriculture and dance. She sojourns at Mount Toby Meeting in Leverett, Mass.

Posted in: April 2015, Features

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