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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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Learning from Quakers in Corporate America

Our meetings can learn techniques for outreach and delegation.

Norval D. Reece is a cable television entrepreneur, former Secretary of Commerce of Pennsylvania, a lifelong Quaker, and member of Newtown (Pa.) Meeting. He is on the boards of Friends Fiduciary Corporation, Earlham School of Religion, and Haverford College Corporation, and the American Friends Service Committee’s Steve Cary Leadership Fund. He serves on the program committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Friends in Business.


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Knowing the Earth’s Limits

Theories of growth economics ignore the Earth’s finite resources.

Elson Oshman Blunt teaches statistics, physics, and economics at Westtown School in Westtown, Pa., where he lives on campus and serves as a dorm parent. In the past, he has attended meetings in Madison (Wisc.), Durham (N.C.), and Sandy Spring (Md.), before becoming a member of Westtown Monthly Meeting.


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Economic Justice 101

An AFSC organizer breaks down ways we can support economic justice.

Rick Wilson is a native West Virginian who has worked for the AFSC since 1989. He has taught sociology for Marshall University and WVU-Tech and is a contributing columnist for the Charleston Gazette.


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Witnessing to Wall Street

Quaker investment balances accountability with fairness.

Jeffery W. Perkins is executive director of Friends Fiduciary Corporation and a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. Friends Fiduciary applies Friends testimonies and values in its management of more than $250 million in endowments and other assets of Friends’ meetings, churches and organizations.


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The Man Who Quit Money: Interview with Book Club Author

Over a decade ago, a man named Daniel Suelo decided to live without money. He had wrestled under its tyranny […]

Mark Sundeen has been named “one of America’s most innovative writers of literary nonfiction” and was born in Harbor City, California, in 1970. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and the Believer. His other books are Car Camping (HarperCollins, 2000) and The Making of Toro (Simon & Schuster, 2003), and he co-authored North By Northwestern (St. Martin’s, 2010), which was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He has taught fiction and nonfiction at the MFA creative writing programs at the University of New Mexico and Southern New Hampshire University. He lives in Montana and Utah.

Jana Llewellyn is associate editor at Friends Journal. 


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Doing Good and Doing Well

Friends can make a difference by getting more involved with business.

Chiyo Moriuchi is a lifelong Friend and active member of Newtown (Pa.) Meeting. She is on the boards of George School, Medford Leas and the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. After a career in international finance and real estate investment management in New York and Tokyo, Chiyo is working on a new venture, CommonGood Partners, which seeks to use private equity for the common good. She is interested in creating multi-generational, supportive communities and believes we need more Quakers in business.


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Six Steps for Investing with Integrity

Socially responsible investors can use these practical tips.

Pamela Haines is an active member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She works on leadership development and organizing for policy change among child-care workers, teaches peer counseling, leads family play groups, and works on a variety of urban gardening ventures. She is passionate about quilting and mending of all kinds, and blogs at pamelascolumn​.blogspot​.com.


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Web Exclusive: Why Do We Tip?

Why do we tip people who hand us our coffee and muffins, but ignore those who are hungry?

Jana Llewellyn is associate editor at Friends Journal.


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Online Forum: Pacifism and Peace

One of the most important testimonies of the Quaker faith is peace. In times of war, Quakers have a long […]

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More Money, More Problems

Or so the saying goes. In our next Friends Journal book club installment, we’ll talk about the effect of money […]

Jana Llewellyn is the associate editor of Friends Journal.


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