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Archive | September, 2010

S鈥怭鈥怚鈥怌鈥怑鈥怱: The Quaker Testimonies

This model of Friends testimonies is incorporated into the school鈥檚 curriculum.

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Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation (Book Review Essay)

In this compilation of essays and interviews with activists who share a commitment to nonviolence, Maxine Kaufman鈥怢acusta makes no pretense [鈥

Robert Dockhorn, a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., is senior editor of Friends Journal.

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A Letter from the Board Clerk

Dear Friends, I write to you with a deep sense of gratitude for the outpouring of support in recent months [鈥

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Recent Immigration Legislation and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Intermountain Yearly Meeting met in June 2010. Friends in this area of the country are especially concerned about immigration issues [鈥

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Slowing the Wheel of War: A Spiritual Struggle

It will soon be 50 years since Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his farewell address to the nation on January 17, [鈥

Chuck Fager is director of Quaker House, a peace project in Fayetteville, near Fort Bragg, N.C. A writer who has published widely on Quaker and peace concerns, he is a member of State College (Pa.) Meeting and attends Fayetteville (N.C.) Meeting.

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Quaker Witness in Palestine

In the summer of 2008, I joined a small group of teachers, most of whom worked at Quaker schools near [鈥

Betsy Brinson is a member of Richmond (Va.) Meeting. A public historian, she uses oral history to produce films, exhibits, and written publications. She and her spouse, Gordon Davies, spent the 2009-2010 school year as volunteers at Ramallah Friends School, working on several history projects.

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The Vital Need for Family Planning and Abortion Services

I am proud to belong to a religion that honors diversity. This seems to be a constant in Quakerism. Our [鈥

Richard Grossman, a member of Durango (Colo.) Meeting, has practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Durango since 1976. He is clerk of Quaker Earthcare Witness.

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No Swearing for 250 Years

For over 350 years, members of the Religious Society of Friends have maintained that it is wrong to swear an [鈥

David W. T. Brattston, a Lutheran, is a retired lawyer and judge on minor tribunals, who lives in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In both capacities he administered and deposed many oaths and solemn affirmations.

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Hungry for God: The Evolution of a Fasting Discipline

More than any other discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us. This is a wonderful benefit to the disciple [鈥

Kat Griffith, a member of Winnebago Worship Group in east-central Wisconsin, teaches high school Spanish and advises student clubs on diversity, racial justice, and Hispanic student achievement. She has found much richness in experimenting with classical spiritual disciplines.

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On the Ark with Noah

Sometimes all it takes to make progress in the world is a good story. As we drift along in our [鈥

Peter O'Brien, a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting, has been writing since a young age, winning an award for a short story at age 11. He is working on a current project of 57 short fiction pieces. His novelette, "The Wind Howled Black Sparrow," along with "Four Fascinations," a chapbook, and "Mental Care," a sketch, have been published in FlashPoint Magazine. The author explains: "I wrote the story with the intention of asking a few 'what if 's about the biblical tale. Without completely reinventing Noah's story, I wanted to view it from a modern perspective, exploring what it would be like to bear witness to Noah's example. I combined the tale of Noah's ark with fictional details and found that they echoed Herman Melville's Moby Dick."

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