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Archive | October, 2011

Quaker Women in Ministry

Two summers ago, at the Friends General Conference Gathering, Peggy O’Neill contacted then Senior Editor Bob Dockhorn and me to suggest this special issue, about which she was bubbling over with enthusiasm and wonderful suggestions. We were sold on the spot, although we did need to come back to Philadelphia and season the idea with […]


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Business Meeting and Worship

Two recent Forum letters have expressed the view that Friends ought not to use the word "worship" to describe what we do when we conduct business – that our meetings for business are not worship and to call them meetings for worship runs counter to our testimony of Integrity (FJ May and August Forums). My […]


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Little Girl, Wake Up

My granddaughter Abby sometimes likes me to tell her stories about Jesus. She is four, so I keep them simple and steer away from the complex confrontations with the Pharisees. What Jesus did when he was on Earth makes for good stories. One evening, Abby, her mother, and I were all piled on my bed, […]

Rebecca Ankeny has worked as an English professor and administrator since 1986, and at George Fox University since 1988. In January 2012, she will become the General Superintendent of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. She and her husband Mark have two daughters and sons-in-law and three granddaughters. She is a member of Newberg (Oregon) Friends Church and her interests include music, soccer, reading, preaching, and writing.


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Healing the Wounds of Patriarchy, One Woman at a Time

It’s day four of the Friends General Conference Gathering workshop for high school women, “Honoring That of Goddess Within.” Twelve Young Friends, ages 14 to 18, sprawl on couches in the dormitory lounge where we meet every morning, each girl intently writing in her journal after the morning’s guided meditation. An attractive young woman in […]

Peggy O’Neill is a longtime member of Richmond (Virgina) Friends Meeting and an active volunteer at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Young Friends gatherings. She regularly leads Sacred Circle Dances and workshops on the Sacred Feminine, and sees her ministry as restoring the balance between the masculine and feminine in our world. She is a founding member of a Quaker intentional community in Ashland, Virginia.


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Called

And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. —1 Samuel 3:1 "You are being prepared to receive a message." These internal words are accompanied by a shift of awareness to a deep interior place. Around me is a group gathered in morning worship. Twelve years earlier, in […]

Marcelle Martin is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. She leads retreats and workshops related to spiritual life, and is completing a book telling the story of the communal shift of consciousness made by early Friends.


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On Quaker Mothering

The major ministry to which I’m devoting my life at the moment is raising two little Friends. As far as ministry goes, this feels both huge and small. Raising kids is no easy task, and yet, when looking at my own little life from the scope of the whole world, it doesn’t feel like much […]

Cherice Bock is a lifelong Friend from Newberg, Oregon. In addition to her current occupation of parenting, Cherice is interested in social justice and Quaker theology. She is an adjunct professor at George Fox University. Cherice tries to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, enjoying God’s creation with her husband, Joel, and their two young sons.


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Walking the Labyrinth

"This is the message we have heard and declare to you: God is light; in God there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with God and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as God is […]

Ashley M. Wilcox is presiding clerk of Freedom Friends Church in Salem, Oregon, and a graduate of School of the Spirit Ministry’s program “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer.” She carries a concern for supporting ministers in the Religious Society of Friends, and writes regularly about her spiritual journey on her blog: http://www.questforadequacy.blogspot.com.


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Quaker Women I Have Known

"The women in my family do things," said John Foster, the Quaker man I had just met in India. Much later, I learned he had written his parents about meeting me, saying, "the only thing that worries me is that she just wants to get married." My letter of the same period to my parents […]

Georgana (Falb) Foster has been a member of Mt. Toby Friends Meeting in Leverett, Mass., for half a century. She has presented workshops on early New England Quaker women at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting, and has written a number of local histories. She is an independent scholar of South Asian studies, collecting folk and pop art about goddesses of India.


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Every Woman Counts

Haiti is a dangerous place to be a pregnant woman. While the worldwide average risk of dying in childbirth has been reduced, the lifetime risk for Haitian women of death during childbirth is a frightening one in 44, the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. A serious lack of healthcare infrastructure, insufficient numbers […]

Janett Forte is a professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she serves as program director for the VCU Institute for Women’s Health. Since 2008, she has followed a leading to volunteer with grassroots and local empowerment projects in developing countries. She attends Richmond (Va.) Friends Meeting and lives in an intentional community in nearby Hanover County, Va.


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The Herstory of “Oak Womyn Drumming”

"Oak Womyn Drumming" came into existence after a sequence of events with profound feminist implications. First, there was a minute on reproductive freedom, followed by a women’s meeting for worship—which was met with some resistance; then along came a drum maker, and the beat goes on in a circle of healing. Women’s Committee of Philadelphia […]

Brenda Armstrong Macaluso, a member of London Grove (Pa.) Meeting, is a graduate of School of the Spirit Ministry "On Being a Spiritual Nurturer," and has been doing healing work for over 30 years.


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