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Ash Wednesday and Earth action: the more we build our Eden together, the more stable our lives become.

Remember that You Are Dust and to Dust You Shall Return

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Dan Coppock, a member of Eastern Hills Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, lives and attends worship in West Philadelphia. He is a former Friends Journal intern.


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Thank you, Robert Dockhorn

Often, when I travel among Friends, individuals will come up to me and offer warm comments on the excellence of the Friends Journal. I always thank those kind folks, and then hasten to point out that the Journal is the work of many hands. It’s hard to convey in a few words how superb our […]


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On a Mission to Heal the Planet

Risking esteem and friendship to speak truth through Friends ministry interviewed by Shirley Dodson Amanda, what motivated you to apply to become a resident student at Pendle Hill? I loved Pendle Hill from the moment I stepped onto the campus in 2002. I found great solace and comfort in the grounds; actually the very ground, […]

Amanda Kemp, a member of Lancaster (Pa.) Meeting, is the founder of Theatre for Transformation, a company that has reached over 7,000 people since its launch in 2007, and the author of a forthcoming book, The Ancestors are Calling: Your Guide to Forgiveness and Creating a Life of Purpose. Shirley Dodson, a member of the Middletown Meeting in Lima, Pa., is director of communications at Pendle Hill.


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Remember that You are Dust and to Dust You Shall Return

Wednesday morning at 6 am my alarm woke me from warm, senseless sleep to face a cold, rainy, and intimidating day. I delayed the call for minutes, wanting to lose myself again in wondrous sleep. I finally pulled myself out of bed, dressed, prepared coffee, and set out for Mass. Ash Wednesday is a day […]

Dan Coppock, a member of Eastern Hills Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, lives and attends worship in West Philadelphia. He is a former Friends Journal intern.


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Lillian and George Willoughby

Raspberries, bread, serendipity, and nonviolence. Lillian and George Willoughby, members of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, were engaged with many projects around the world, and thousands of people have memories of how the Willoughbys affected them. I knew them well for over 40 years, and they taught me many unique, valuable lessons. My first vivid memory […]

Lynne Shivers, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, has been a social activist, college teacher, and writer.


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Service in the Friends Ambulance Unit

In October 1944, it was my privilege to be one of the Canadian conscientious objectors who had volunteered for service with Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) in China. I had come to Pendle Hill for training, which included study of the Chinese language and culture under the tutelage of a charming Chinese woman. It was augmented […]

Edwin V. Abbott, a member of Simcoe-Muskoka Meeting in Ontario, Canada, is a retired physician.


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Susan

The Tennessee State Prison for Women was on the north side of Nashville, just beyond the edge of town. It must have been sometime in 1972 or ’73 when Judy asked in Quaker meeting if anyone was interested in becoming a prison visitor. Judy was the director of a halfway house for women. I had […]

Tina Coffin, a member of Little Rock (Ark.) Meeting, grew up in the Netherlands. She met her husband, John, who is from the United States, while both were working at the international Quaker school in her home country. They moved with their children to Nashville, Tenn., where they became Friends in the early 1970s.


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What Would Jesus (Have Me) Do?

"Come, Holy Spirit." This was the first message at the October 10, 2010, meeting for worship. It settled me further into expectant waiting but no further into worship. Sometimes worship comes easily. Most times I have to work at finding worship within me. This meeting was not easy. When I’m restless at meeting, I examine […]

Edna Whittier, a member of Roanoke (Va.) Meeting, joined Friends at Red Cedar Meeting in East Lansing, Mich., and attended Dover- Randolph Meeting in Randolph, N.J. In each of these meetings, she has been active in monthly Meeting for Healing groups.


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Come Back to the Body

I sense a revived yearning in the Religious Society of Friends to deepen and unite both our inner and our outer practice. I am inspired by early Friends who birthed a quality of religious freedom and personal spiritual authority not frequently experienced in the Western world. And just as we long to live lives of […]

Walter Hjelt Sullivan, a member of Providence Meeting in Media, Pa., and currently attending Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., is a Quaker educator, nonprofit manager, and certified practitioner and instructor of Breema, an esoteric form of bodywork and a commonsense approach to physical, mental, and emotional health. He occasionally blogs at http://whsbodywork.blogspot.com.


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Three Kinds of Singing in Meeting

Some years ago (in 1980) when my husband, Bruce, and I were visiting New England Yearly Meeting with a minute of travel for the concerns of lesbian and gay friends, I was reading a historical display of old disciplines and came across the following from 1675. The contents of the minute left me stunned. Like […]

Geoffrey Kaiser, a member of Apple Seed Meeting in Sebastopol, Calif., has been active in the struggle for civil rights, gay rights, and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was a founding member of Unami Meeting in Pennsburg, Pa.


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