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Archive | October, 2010

Looking at Friends and Education in 2010

It has been almost ten years since FRIENDS JOURNAL prepared its last special issue on Friends and Education—the previous one […]


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Deepening Our Middle School Meeting for Worship

When, as a teacher, I first attended meeting for worship at Carolina Friends Middle School (CFS) almost 13 years ago, […]

Ida Trisolini, a member of Durham (N.C.) Meeting, teaches at Carolina Friends Middle School


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Educating Ned

“Unless Love build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” (Paraphrase of Psalms 127:1) My three children went […]

Rosemary Gould, a longtime attender of Charlottesville (Va.) Meeting, homeschools and teaches poetry classes part-time for a local lifelong learning institute. She hopes to write more, as way opens.


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Sparks and Spaces: Lived Experience in Friends Schools

We sit in circles. God is everywhere. There are no right answers. —Kindergartner’s response to parents’ question: What is Quaker […]

Irene McHenry, a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., is executive director of Friends Council on Education.


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Class Privilege and Schools Among Modern Friends

A substantial portion of members of the Religious Society of Friends likes to proclaim its liberalism; some Friends even wrap […]

Larry Ingle, a member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, is a historian. He is the author of Quakers in Conflict: The Hicksite Reformation and First Among Friends: George Fox and the Creation of Quakerism.


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Why Do the Obamas, Bidens, and Clintons Choose Friends Schools?

When Malia Obama, then 12, and her sister Sasha, then 7, started school January 5, 2009, at Sidwell Friends School […]

Brenda Beadenkopf, a journalist and former newspaper editor, is a member of Concord Meeting in Concordville, Pa., with dual membership in Penn Friends Community Church in Cassopolis, Mich., near her home in Niles. She feels a calling to build bridges between unprogrammed and programmed meetings. She is writing a book about her late father, Quaker pacifist and activist Charles C. Walker, who worked in both the Civil Rights and peace movements.


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How Quaker Are We? Reflections on the Character of George Fox University

September 9, 1891, marked the official opening of Pacific College in Newberg, Oregon—later to be renamed George Fox College and […]

Jamie R. Johnson, a member of Newberg (Oreg.) Friends Church, is director of the Friends Leadership Program at George Fox University in Newberg.


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Kicked by God: A Journey into Public Schoolteaching

The late Korean Quaker Ham Sok Han once said that on his life journey he was “kicked by God” onto […]

Kitty Taylor Mizuno is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting, where she serves on the Religious Education Committee and chairs the Ad Hoc Group on Racial Justice and Equality. She is also on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Ministry for Racial Justice and Equality in the Religious Society of Friends.


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A Detroit Public Schoolteacher’s Notebook

I’m talking to Friends after meeting, seeking a word to describe my experiences teaching in Detroit this year, my 17th […]

Lisa Sinnett attends Detroit and Ann Arbor (Mich.) Meetings. She is writing a series of short stories about Detroit and is studying nonviolence at Wayne State University in her spare time. Read her new blog at http://www.detroitteach.wordpress.com.


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A Little Less Talk, A Little more Action: Using Theatre to Activate Conflict Resolution

Christel, you’ve got to go do this,” urged two great friends after returning from a five‐day workshop in the tiny […]

Christel Greiner is a middle school teacher at Carolina Friends School in Durham, N.C.


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