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Archive | January, 2011

Your Support is Needed

Each month, here in the pages of FRIENDS JOURNAL and on our website, we share the words of everyday Friends [鈥

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Birthing the feminine in a destructive world

During our regional women鈥檚 retreat in New Mexico, we gathered at Claire Leonard鈥檚 rural home to share our deep experiences [鈥

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Teaching in a Culture of Poverty and Violence

I am committed to addressing the issues of hatred and violence in the world. I have often wondered how the [鈥

Stephanie Wilder, a member of Swannanoa Valley Meeting in Black Mountain, N.C., teaches at Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center, a school for adjudicated youth in North Carolina, where she began working in 2001. Her previous positions have been with independent schools, including 20 years at Charlotte Country Day School.

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The Meaning of Universalism

I remember when I became a Quaker. I was a teenager, and a Quaker couple, Mary Lee and Lee Comer, [鈥

Phil H. Gulley, pastor of Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby, Ind., is the author of 17 books, including If Grace Is True, If God Is Love, and If the Church Were Christian.

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Jeremiah and the Clearness Committee

The clearness committee settled into a hopeful silence. There were only three of them, deliberately a small group. They didn鈥檛 [鈥

Eleanor Jo (Joey) Rodger is a member of Evanston (Ill.) Meeting. She directed the Pendle Hill Peace Network in 2004-05. Currently she serves as associate chaplain for the Evanston Police Dept. and is acting executive director of Peaceable Cities: Evanston, whose goal is the complete elimination of violence in this small city by 2020.

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The Sign of Jonah and the Witness of Friends Today

Few people in any religious community will deny that our times require clear鈥恊yed, honest diagnosis informed by the guidance of [鈥

Brian Drayton is a member of Weare (N.H.) Meeting.

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鈥淟eadings鈥 For Nontheistic Friends?

When I speak of being led or feeling called to act in some way, do my words commit me to [鈥

Steve Smith, a member of Claremont (Calif.) Meeting, is a retired professor of Philosophy. He has written several pamphlets and articles on Quaker topics, leads workshops at Pendle Hill and elsewhere, and is scheduled to be the 2011 speaker at the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology.

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