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Eclipse

From the archives: A Friend reflects on what the absence of light can teach us about following our inner guidance.

Myron Bietz teaches English at Mayo High School聽in Rochester, Minn., where he attends Rochester Meeting. He was named聽1984 Fellow, National聽Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, Religious Studies and Philosophy.


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Beauty; Beauty Everywhere

The sound of machines, monitors and people in the hallway evaporated; t felt like being at meeting when the gathered center down.

Geoff Knowlton grew up Quaker and was later ordained in the United Church of Christ. He returned to the Friends and joined Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. He worked for a small hospice in New Hampshire and is currently a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and attachment related disorders.


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The Art of Dying and the Afterlife: August Full Issue Access

Friends Journal member subscribers can download full PDF or read any article online. 🔒


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Among Friends: Understanding Death through Life

Our introduction to the August issue on The Art of Dying and the Afterlife.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal. Email: [email protected]


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Forum, August 2017

Letters from our readers.


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The Tapestry of Meeting for Worship

Viewpoint: Uncovering a new dimension of meeting. 🔒

Thomas Sander lives in聽Lincoln, Mass.

 


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Unaccompanied

If the dark conceals all possibilities, then the light wakes us.

Boyce Upholt, raised in Hartford (Conn.) Meeting, is a writer and editor based in the Mississippi Delta.


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Final portrait of Shannon Zimmerman's father done by her older sister Erika Delzell Zimmerman. Courtesy of the author.

A Quaker’s Passing: My Father’s Way

The answers would only come from being present in the light. 🔒

Shannon Zimmerman is a lifelong Quaker raised in Colorado. Specializing in conflict resolution, she is currently living in Brisbane, Australia, working on a PhD. Her hope is to someday find a way to bring peace into politics. She is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).


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Heaven-based Living

A brief glimpse of eternity inspires a search for understanding.

Michael Resman is a member of Rochester (Minn.) Meeting and an editor for What Canst Thou Say? His books include A Contemporary Mysticism.


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A Simple State of Being That Never Truly Dies

Moving toward death is its own kind of expectant worship. 🔒

Robert Stephen Dicken is a member of First Friends Meeting in New Castle, Ind. He retired from teaching high school English in 2002. His retirement days consist of reading, writing, drawing, almost completing honey-do lists, and entertaining grandchildren.


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Children and Death

Bringing Quaker spirituality to the bedside of those dying.

John Graham-Pole is a retired physician and graduate of London University. He has spent the last 30 years as a children’s oncologist and hospice director at the University of Florida, where he was a member of Gainesville (Fla.) Meeting. He has written three books and many essays and short stories.


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The author (center) with her sister Bonnie (left) and mother. Photo taken a few months before Bonnie's death. Photo courtesy of the author.

Weeping to Joy

God heals in unexpected ways.

Betsy Blake builds websites and communication strategies for companies and organizations trying to do good in the world. Her photojournalism work was recently featured on CNN and NBC news. Betsy lives in Greensboro, N.C., and is a member of First Friends Meeting. Learn more about Betsy at betsyblake.com.

 

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