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On a Friend’s 70th聽Birthday

FJ Poetry: His feet walk daily paths, as duties call…

Bob Welsh lives in聽Black Mountain, N.C.

The obituary of the subject of Welsh’s聽poem, Bob Barrus, also appears in the May 2017 issue.


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Quaker Summers: May Full Issue Access

Members can download full PDF or read any article online. 🔒


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Among Friends: A Piece of the Answer

An introduction to the May 2017 issue on the fourth annual Student Voices Project and Quaker Summers.

Gail Whiffen is associate editor of聽Friends Journal.聽[email protected]


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Forum May 2017

Letters from our readers remember Henry Cadbury; a meeting with Joyce Ajlouny, shifting racial labels and accountability, a request for resources on aging, more. 🔒


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Quakers, Restrooms, and the Learning Curve

Quakers tend to follow the leading to be in the world but not of it, although last summer gave us ample reason to not want to be in it much. Holy moly. Still, in our own small way, Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) is meeting the world as it is and working toward a better […]

Debby Churchman lives in Arlington, Va., and works for Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).


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4th Annual Student Voices Project

This year we asked students to write a letter to the next president of the United States suggesting what they think he should focus on during his first year.


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For a religious group known for its silent worship, we鈥檙e a pretty outspoken bunch

Student Voices: “We advocate, we organize, we vote, we speak the truth, and when necessary, we protest. We may worship in silence, but we live our values loudly. We want to share with you our hopes and fears for your presidency.”

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Daniela-Uribe

I think it says something about our country that even the smallest of voices were recognized

Student Voices: ” I believe that every voice should be heard, but some are silenced by society. As the next president, you should help to give everyone, rich or poor, a chance to voice their opinions.”

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Kyle-Witter

Every person deserves a chance and the right to have that chance

Student Voices: “The America I envision is an America where all people are treated equally. It is an America where no matter how you look or how you identify, you will be accepted. It is an America that is respected and valued as a country.”

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I urge you to look past your empire of business and riches, and ask yourself a question

Student Voices: ” All that said, I have a few pieces of final advice for you: Be kind. Build bridges, not walls. Rather than tearing others down, build others up. And remember, love always trumps hate.”

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Leiya-Stuart

When kids go to college and become more educated, the unemployment rate decreases

Student Voices: “Making tuition prices lower opens up the door for many young students aspiring to further their education and pursue a future career.”

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Rimil-Ghosh

I hope you make the right decisions for our country, especially for the children like me

Student Voices: “If I were the president, I would retrain the people who have lost their jobs in the coal industry to work in the solar and wind power industry. This way you fix employment and can also help reduce climate change, two huge problems in America.”

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Zora-Carroll

I have found that acceptance is key and welcoming change is how people can be happy

Student Voices: ” Teaching one another our different ways is how communities can improve each individual鈥檚 life. This may sound like hippy talk to you, and it might be, but true peace and compassion is what the world and our government should be striving for.”

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