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November 2012This issue focuses on Books, Writing and Poetry.

November Forum

Letters from our readers.

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The Fire and the Hammer at Friends General Conference/ photo copyright Arthur Fink

Gospel Vibrations

A story of gifts rejected and accepted: 鈥淔riends are not always successful at seeing beyond stereotypes and expectations to a [鈥

Vonn New is a member of Bulls Head-Oswego (N.Y.) Meeting. She carries a minute of travel with a concern for creativity as a doorway into the experience of worship from her monthly and yearly meetings. In her workshop, Sounding the Divine, Friends expand the palette of ministry to include movement, sound, and visual art.


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Dazzled and Grateful

A poet shares how prayer connects her with God and nature.

Beverly Shepard is a member of Hamilton (Ont.) Meeting. She is a trained biologist but is also a writer and a musician, published and performed in both of these areas. She is known at the Friends General Conference Gathering for a very popular workshop in sacred chanting which she has given for eight years. She has been writing poetry for over 60 years. Mother of four grown children and now retired, she dwells in the woods with her husband, Robbie, and lives each day with profound gratitude for the beauty of her surroundings.


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Q&A with Judith Brown

A look at the poetry in Friends Journal

Judy Brown, a longtime Friend and writer, has been poetry editor at Friends Journal for 17 years. She has been lucky enough to live in several countries throughout her life, including Turkey, where she set her novel, Turkish Wedding: Once There Was, Once There Wasn鈥檛. She is the mother of four children and lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.


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Quakerism in a Classic American Novel

Nathaniel Hawthorne鈥檚 Hester Prynne unexpectedly shares many Quaker values.

Kerri Schuster is the head of English at the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Bryn Mawr, Pa. In her free time, she volunteers as secretary to the board of聽Philadelphia Stories magazine. She attends Radnor (Pa.) Meeting.


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A Talk with Jeffrey Eugenides

How did Friends become a plot device in the Pulitzer Prize鈥恮inning author鈥檚 latest novel?

Signe Wilkinson is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., even though she reads too many novels and not enough Pendle Hill pamphlets. She is also an editorial cartoonist whose work is syndicated nationally.


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Interview with Brent Bill, Quaker Author

How do you see as your role as a Quaker writer? Or do you consider yourself a  writer who is [鈥

Brent Bill is the author of many books including聽Mind the Light, Imagination and Spirit, and Holy Places. His latest work is聽Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God, which he co-authored with Beth A. Booram. A graduate of the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Ind., he serves as a Quaker minister and is the coordinator of the New Meetings Project for Friends General Conference.


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The Safety of Silence

A reader sinks into the familiarity and safety of silence.

Lindsey Mead Russell is a mother, writer, and headhunter who lives in Cambridge, Mass., with her husband, daughter, and son. She graduated from Princeton with a degree in English and has an MBA from Harvard. Her writing has been anthologized and published in a variety of print and online sources and she writes daily at www.adesignsovast.com.


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November Short Fiction: 鈥淗oly Day鈥

A short story about resolving conflict.

Nathan聽Alling Long grew up in a log cabin in the Maryland Appalachians, lived on a queer commune in Tennessee, and studied writing in Virginia. 聽His stories and essays have been published in over 50 publications and have appeared on NPR and in several anthologies. 聽He lives in Philadelphia, Pa., and teaches at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, N.J.

 


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Staff Picks

A look at the formative books for staff members.

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