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October 2012The articles in this special issue of Friends Journal tackle the perplexity of Friends’ relationships with money on many levels. Merry Stanford writes of coming to an understanding of the spiritual power of philanthropy in her life. In a piece that is sure to generate discussion, John Coleman shares a bracing critique of the failings that led Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to a financial near‐death experience. Chiyo Moriuchi and Norval Reece–both of them successes in business–give positive examples of how spiritual strength can engender financial success and how the fruits of ethical business (money and knowledge) can be used to strength and revitalize our spiritual communities.
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Interview with Nathan Alling Long, Author of “Holy Day”

This month, we feature a short fiction piece about a couple resolving a disagreement about the meaning of Christmas. Nathan […]

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


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When Quaker Process Fails: An Interview with John M. Coleman

John M. Coleman’s October 2012 feature, When Quaker Process Fails, looks at ways that Quaker institutions have avoided accountability and […]

John M. Coleman is an expert on business ethics and institutional governance.  He currently serves as chief operating officer of NCI Consulting LLC, and teaches a seminar on corporate governance at Rutgers University. He serves, or has served, in leadership positions on the boards of directors of four Fortune 500 public companies as well as those of many Quaker organizations. He was previously the Senior Vice President – Law and Public Affairs of Campbell Soup Company and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He is a member of Moorestown (N.J.) Meeting.

Martin Kelley is editor of Friends Journal.


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Thoughts on Wanting Less

Every year Americans throw out or recycle more than 250 tons of garbage. Only about 14 percent of this waste […]

Elizabeth Helen Spencer teaches English and creative writing to college students. She has an MFA from Temple University and lives with her husband and three cats in Philadelphia. Her fiction, "The Permanence of Objects," was published recently in an  issue of Chamber Four magazine (Chamberfour.com).


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A Fundamentalist’s Journey Toward Simplicity

Daniel Suelo, now widely known as “the man who quit money,” had a long, sometimes frustrating spiritual journey toward understanding […]

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In celebration of the launch of this new website, our friends at the Center for Non-Harming Ministries have made a generous offer: gifts to Friends Journal through November 2012 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Center, up to $5,000.

Help Friends Journal Receive a $5,000 Matching Grant

In celebration of the launch of this new website, our friends at the Center for Non‐Harming Ministries have made a […]

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Publishing Corporation.


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Web Extras

Why Do We Tip? By FJ’s Jana Llewellyn: “Why do we tip people who hand us our coffee and muffins, but ignore […]

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Among Friends: Our Money and our Testimonies

I believe strongly in the value of telling people what they’ve meant to me. I recently wrote a thank‐you note […]

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.


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When Quaker Process Fails

A look at the ways Quaker institutions have avoided accountability and expertise.

John M. Coleman is an expert on business ethics and institutional governance.  He currently serves as chief operating officer of NCI Consulting LLC, and teaches a seminar on corporate governance at Rutgers University. He serves, or has served, in leadership positions on the boards of directors of four Fortune 500 public companies as well as those of many Quaker organizations. He was previously the Senior Vice President – Law and Public Affairs of Campbell Soup Company and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He is a member of Moorestown (N.J.) Meeting.


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October Forum

Viewpoint: An Upside to Downsizing By Chuck Hosking When I’m being honest, I have to admit that minimalism is an […]

Letters from Chuck Hosking, Mary Linda, Bruce Dienes, Michael Blackman, Rosemary Coffey, Lynn Fitz-Hugh, Isabel Penraeth, Linda Lotz, Roberta Nobelman, James F. Updegraff, and Sandra Herbert.


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The Ministry of Giving Money

A lifetime of unconsciousness around money gives way to sharing.

Merry Stanford is a member of Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Michigan. She works as a psychotherapist, spiritual director, and shamanic practitioner, and currently serves Friends General Conference as clerk of the Development Committee. You can read her blog at sinktotheseed.blogspot.com.


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