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Archive | August, 2010

Good News and New Options

Last month my column promised readers more information about how FRIENDS JOURNAL is doing and what news we have to [鈥

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A Perfect Spiritual Work

A perfect spiritual work should fit like a deep breath. It should bring in new life鈥恎iving energy and clear out [鈥

John Calvi, a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting, is a founding convener of the Quaker Initiative to End Torture (QUIT).

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Are We at the Dawn of a New Age of Global Spirituality?

In December 2009, I attended the Parliament of the World鈥檚 Religions (PWR) in Melbourne, Australia. This gathering has taken place [鈥

Anthony Manousos, a member of Santa Monica (Calif.) Meeting, serves as clerk of its Peace and Social Action and Adult Education committees. He has also served as the meeting's liaison to Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. His pamphlet Islam from a Quaker Perspective, published by Quaker Universalist Fellowship, is available as a PDF by emailing him at [email protected] During the summer of 2010 he is traveling across the United States, speaking at monthly and yearly meetings and at the FGC Gathering, sharing his concern about the interfaith movement.

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Explaining the Peace Testimony

There are some questions Quakers get used to answering over and over鈥攁bout Friends schools, about silence, about our perceived relationship [鈥

Rachel Kincaid is a member of North Shore Meeting in Beverly, Mass.

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Leading a 鈥淵es, We Can!? Workshop in Kenya

In 2009, I traveled as a representative of Friends General Conference to the Young Quakers Christian Association (Africa) Triennial, which [鈥

Emily Stewart is a member of Durham (N.C.) Meeting. At the time this article was written, she lived in Philadelphia and served as youth ministries coordinator for Friends General Conference. She is working as a counselor at a Quaker camp this summer, and in the fall she anticipates new adventures when she moves to Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Hiroshima Nightmare: Reflections on Hope in the Face of Horror

Repetitive fears surface as life challenges each of us with anxiety over how we will deal with paying our bills, [鈥

David E. Drake, a member of the Des Moines Valley (Iowa) Meeting, practices family psychiatry and serves as clinical professor of Psychiatry at Des Moines University. He is serving his first year as a commissioner with the Des Moines Human Rights Commission, and he is an advisory board member of Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility. He can be reached at [email protected]

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When I Was Thirsty

Last year I visited the Sonoran Desert, which straddles the U.S.-Mexican border, for the third time鈥 this time to volunteer [鈥

Michael Pratt, a retired park ranger, is a member of Estes Park (Colo.) Worship Group/Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. (About this group, he writes: "Originally formed to allow local Friends and UUs to explore common ground, our fellowship meets weekly year-round. A half hour of silence is followed by introductions, coffee, and Joys and Concerns. A group member or outside speaker then presents a program on a subject announced a month or two ahead.")

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Fair Trade Coffee: A Glimpse behind the Scenes

You get up in the morning and brew or buy your coffee, feeling especially good because it鈥檚 certified fairtrade and [鈥

Joseph Sorrentino is a Rochester, N.Y.-based writer and photographer who has a commitment to documenting social justice issues. A previous article by him, "A Place Called Home," appeared in Friends Journal in September 1991.

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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) 50th Reunion in Raleigh, North Carolina

I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the 50th reunion of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from April [鈥

David Hartsough, a member of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting, is the director of Peaceworkers and was a co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce. A graduate of Howard University, he participated in numerous lunch counter sit-ins in Maryland and Virginia in 1960.

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Quaker Committees? Witness for Support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On September 13, 2007, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General [鈥

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