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Who Is My Neighbor?

Can we reject unacceptable actions and still find ways to touch those neighbors in pain? 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s […]

Ellie Beach lives in Hiram, Ohio.


Posted in: Quakers in the Workplace, Viewpoint
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Watch Out for Flying Kids

Watch Out for Flying Kids! How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community

By Cynthia Levinson. Peachtree Publishers, 2015. 216 pages. $22.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Messages in Quaker meetings are often Earth-bound and forgettable. But I remember Jim’s challenge from years ago. He described how elite military personnel train to parachute onto tiny roof spaces. Why, he asked, don’t Quakers train for peace with equivalent […]

Margaret Crompton (Britain Yearly Meeting) is a writer and lecturer whose publications include Pendle Hill pamphlet #419 Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Well-being (2012).


Posted in: Books, Gender and Sexuality, May 2016 Young Friends Bookshelf
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In Our Power: U.S. Students Organize for Justice in Palestine

By Nora Barrows-Friedman. Just World Books, 2014. 274 pages. $20.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook. My political education about Palestine began through my friends, and by sporadically participating in events hosted by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter at Haverford College. I attended the Palestine Culture Week, talks about Israel, and movie screenings about the conflict. There […]

Hina Fathima worked as an editorial assistant at Friends Journal in 2014. She graduated in 2015 from Haverford College, where she studied political science. She is interested in journalism and currently lives and works in Philadelphia as a freelance photographer.


Posted in: Books, Disability and Inclusion, March 2016 Books
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Viewpoint: Freeing the Oppressors

A response to the Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined “Quakers: No Friends of Israel”

Gracia Fay Ellwood lives in Pasadena, Calif.


Posted in: Quakers and the Political Process, Viewpoint
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This Age of Insecurity

Our quiet pause can counteract a collective obsession with fights and power.

Ron McDonald is a member of Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting, frequent writer for Friends Journal, pastoral counselor, musician, and storyteller.


Posted in: Features, Quakers and the Political Process
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New Year’s top five: The most popular articles of 2015

We’ve been sharing our most-read articles of 2015 on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the full list. #5 Baltimore, the Time Is Now Sarah Bur gave us a dramatic first-hand account from Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Originally published online on May 6 and reprinted in our June/July 2015 print issue. #4 […]


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The Angel of Har Megiddo

By Mike King. Stochastic Press, 2014. 447 pages. $15.85/paperback; $5/eBook. British Quaker Mike King, who also wrote the non-fiction Quakernomics, tries his hand at fiction in this work. The Angel of Har Megiddo alternates between a plot line that unfolds in the United States among the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and one that […]

Karie Firoozmand is the books editor of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Books, September 2015, September 2015 Books, Uncategorized
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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

By Karen Armstrong. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 512 pages. $30/hardcover; $16.95/paperback; $14.99/eBook. The world is still recoiling from the Charlie Hebdo massacre and ensuing anti-Semitic violence in Paris as I write this review. President Obama has recently reminded us of the various slaughters occasioned by the Crusades. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is about to go on trial […]

Douglas Bennett is president emeritus of Earlham College. He is a member of First Friends Richmond in the New Association of Friends, the group recently set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting. He lives in Maine and worships at Durham (Maine) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, June/July 2015, June/July 2015 Books
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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, Friends and Other Faiths
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Yo! Are You Amish?

Driving down Philadelphia’s South Street a few years ago, I was asked by a person who had pulled up next to me, “Are you ‘Ay-mish?’” In spite of my long beard and straw hat, I thought the man should have known better: I was, after all, driving. And it was South Street, for heaven’s sake—the […]

Max L. Carter, director of the Friends Center and campus ministry coordinator at Guilford College, is a member of New Garden Meeting in Greensboro, N.C. A recorded Friends minister, he teaches courses at Guilford on Quaker history, testimonies, spirituality, and intentional community.


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