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Organizing with the Spirit

A tragedy among Nebraska Friends provides a model for faith-based activism that supports community.

Lucy Duncan is director of Friends relations at American Friends Service Committee. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. She attends Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery. To learn more about the Quaker social change ministry model described in this article, go to afsc.org/friends/resources.

A version of this article first appeared on American Friends Service Committee’s Acting in Faith blog.

Posted in: Features, June/July 2015

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Main Street Activism and Wall Street Advocacy: Strange Bedfellows?

Working together on different but complementary strategies for change.

Jeffery W. Perkins is executive director of Friends Fiduciary Corporation, a Quaker nonprofit providing cost effective, professional, socially responsible investment services to Quaker meetings, churches, and organizations. He serves on the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

Posted in: Features, June/July 2015

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Vigils and Demonstrating

The demonstrator can influence only through contagion.

Richard D. Hathaway, a member of Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Meeting, is professor emeritus of English at SUNY New Paltz. His publications include Sylvester Judd’s New England (1981) and Reflections from Silence (2011), published by Quaker Books of Britain Yearly Meeting.  He was chairperson of the legislative committee of the Poor People’s Campaign.

Posted in: Features, June/July 2015

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Inner Peace, Outer Peace

A spiritual practice of integrity in communications.

Elizabeth De Sa is a writer, mother, teacher, and practitioner of Nonviolent Communication. Of Indian descent, she grew up in England and now lives in intentional community in North Carolina. She attends Swannanoa Valley Meeting in Black Mountain, N.C. She is the author of Pendle Hill pamphlet #414, Seeking Inner Peace. Her website is innerpeace-outerpeace.org.

Posted in: Features, June/July 2015

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Revelation and Revolution

The Apocalypse of John in the Quaker and African American spiritual traditions.

Daniel Seeger has served as executive director of Pendle Hill and as a staff member and board member of the American Friends Service Committee. The current article grows out of a reflection on the centenary of the birth of his late friend, civil rights leader Bayard Rustin. A version of this article was presented as the 2014 keynote address of the Bible Association of Friends in America.

Posted in: Features, June/July 2015

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Bringing Our Bodies to the Light

Finding stories of Friends struggling with eating and body image.

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, June/July 2015

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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 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, Arizona Daily StarArizona Jewish Post, Tucson LifestyleTucson 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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