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Seeking Justice — Praying for Peace

And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying […]


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New Beginnings

As clerk of the Sing Sing Quaker Meeting, I am blessed to have the opportunity to receive and read Friends Journal each month. As I am a prisoner, the November 2000 cover, depicting a prison cell and the words “Friends and the War on Drugs” caught my attention. The article “Silence Is Complicity” by Sam […]


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Toward a Just Peace in the Middle East: Report on an Interfaith Delegation

The delicate and complex issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the American Friends Service Committee role in the Middle East were brought home to me when at a recent family wedding my brother-in-law told me he thought the Service Committee had been too pro-Palestinian. A member of AFSC’s International Executive Committee echoed this perception just […]

Mary Ellen McNish, a member of Byberry (Pa.) Meeting, is executive secretary of American Friends Service Committee.


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Dear Friends (an Open Letter)

The Oslo Accords have presented the world with misleading images of peace [between Israel and the Palestinians], and now we are left with a difficult and hard reality on the ground. The international media speaks of the accords as historic because they brought peace and reconciliation. I often quote Ezekiel 13:10, “Because they mislead my […]

Jean Zaru, presiding clerk of Ramallah Meeting in the West Bank, wrote this letter in December 2000 to describe conditions in the West Bank from her point of view as a Palestinian.


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Difficult Times in Ramallah

This is a difficult note to write. So much has happened and there is so much to say. It has taken me some weeks to begin to understand the depth of the quality of the work at Friends Schools, Ramallah. It is so easy just to see a good school and to miss the richness […]


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Christmas Newsletter

As I sit down to write this Christmas [2000] newsletter, I cannot help but reflect on last Christmas, which I spent in Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. At the current time, Ramallah is sealed off by the Israeli military.… I hear the news, … but I know from my experience living in Ramallah for the past […]

Maia Carter, a member of Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, N.C., is living in Amman, Jordan.


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Heron Reflections

On the road home from the wedding of Muriel Bishop and Douglas Summers, reunited after many years apart, a beautiful, hot, end-of-summer day, we stopped for a stretch at the Black River, dark yet sparkling in the sunlight, its margins golden and purple with September flowers. Still tranquil and open-hearted from the loving event, I […]

Caroline Balderston Parry, a member of Ottawa (Ont.) Meeting, is seeking a publisher for a book-length collection of Heron Reflections.


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Prayer: The Changer and the Changed

Not coming from a prayer-oriented family or community, I found the idea of praying for someone vaguely embarrassing. “What’s the point of lobbying God? Doesn’t God already know our every need and desire?” Praying for help had a taint by association with manipulative “faith healers” and their simpleminded flocks. Armies on both sides of nearly […]

Barry Zalph is a member of Louisville (Ky.) Meeting. He served from 1998 to 2000 on the Traveling Ministries Oversight Committee and the Advancement and Outreach Committee of Friends General Conference.


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Gifts of a Weekend in Silence

I don’t know exactly what attracted me to the idea of a silent retreat last April at Woolman Hill in Deerfield, Massachusetts. In all my relationships, I’ve been driven to communicate, to understand, to be understood. Admittedly, this adds effort to interacting with others, but I’ve never known any other way to achieve genuine contact. […]

Mary Stacie attends Hartford (Conn.) Meeting. Another silent retreat is scheduled at Woolman Hill in April. © 2001 Mary Stacie


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Loida Fernandez

Conversation with Loida Fernandez focuses on family, Quakers, and her current work. Her life seems shaped by her Quaker heritage and faith journey. “I am the youngest of three daughters. I have a son, Emiliano, who is 19 years old and in his second year at Haverford College, doing sciences. He is my pride! He […]

Kara Newell, a member of Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, Oregon, retired as executive director of AFSC in 2000. © 2001 Kara Newell


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