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Archive | March, 2011

Privilege and Presence

Two of the feature articles in this month鈥檚 issue spoke to me strongly. I鈥檝e had it easy. I was born [鈥

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Thoughts about food at Gatherings

I have a concern that has been growing for several years about one element of our time together at FGC [鈥

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Grief Manifesto: Linda Heacock鈥檚 Death As Told by Her Daughter

As I did some yard work for a friend, I found a dead bird in one of her beds. I [鈥

Hannah Jeffrey, a member of Richmond (Va.) Meeting, lives in Sacramento, Calif., where she is the director of a canvassing office, informing and involving the public on progressive issues and organizing at a grassroots level.

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Empathy

I sit quietly in meeting for worship, envisioning the Light Within and knowing that I am being held very gently [鈥

Lee C. Neff, a member of South Seattle (Wash.) Meeting., is a gardener, writer, and former educator.

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The Christ Spirit and Forgiveness

In my religious tradition, that of the unprogrammed branch of the Religious Society of Friends, many feel comfortable because there [鈥

Alicia Adams, a member of Berkeley (Calif.) Meeting, lives in Mimbres, N.Mex. She is preparing her first book for publication this year: First Light: Flight from Fear, volume one in the Net-Caught trilogy. Two articles previously published in Friends Journal are taken from experiences related in these books: "Tree Trust" (Dec. 2005) and "God: The Ultimate Vacuum Trap" (Aug. 2007).

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Words, Silence, and the Body in Quaker Worship

I have loved the work of Rex Ambler, the English Quaker who has developed Experiment with Light groups, among other [鈥

Stanford J. Searl Jr., a member of Santa Monica (Calif.) Meeting, is the author of several books, including The Meaning of Silence in Quaker Worship and Voices from the Silence. He has taught as a member of the core doctoral faculty at Union Institute and University since 1987.

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The Way We Sit in Meeting for Worship

Sitting is essential to life as a primate. The fact that we have the ischial tuberosity鈥攖he 鈥渟itz bone鈥濃攊s perhaps as [鈥

James Zug, a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting, is the author of six books, including The Long Conversation: 125 Years of Sidwell Friends School, 1883-2008. His latest book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear, was published in November 2010.

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My Trip to Kunduz

In the summer of 2009, I was given a grant by German Technical Corporation to conduct field research to gather [鈥

Noorjahan Akbar, a native of Afghanistan, graduated in 2010 from George School, a Friends school in Newtown, Pa., and is currently a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

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Resurrection for the Second Half of Life

There is a time in our lives when the future holds so much promise and mystery that the thought of [鈥

Tim Schultz is pastor of Aurora (Ohio) Mennonite Church.

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Helping North Americans Experience Nicaragua

This year marks the 25 year anniversary of ProNica, and an important part of ProNica鈥檚 mission has always been to [鈥

Kathy Hersh is a member of Miami (Fla.) Meeting and on the board of ProNica. Her interest in the Nicaraguan people stems from her experience as a journalist covering the Nicaraguan civil war in 1978-79.

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