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The value of silence I very much enjoyed the latest issue on hospitality (FJ, December 2012), and especially Terry Miller’s […]

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Hands / Healing Touch

Healing Touch

The power of love and hands in a hospital room.

Joy Belle Conrad-Rice is a member of Vernon Meeting, currently gathering in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, where she lives with Friend Graeme Hope, originally of New Zealand. She has a deep interest in unexplainable “ESP” experiences.


Posted in: Features, February 2013
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A Clerk’s Lesson from Occupy

A meeting makes quick decisions and learns to more fully trust Quaker process.

Before serving as clerk for Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street), Robert W. Hernblad developed lay-funded community programs in a parish of four churches, a Salvation Army community center, and a Mental Health Day program, all in North Philadelphia.


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Necessary, Not Evil

Abortion and the Stewardship Testimony A pro-choice friend of mine once remarked that she thought of abortion as a necessary […]

Benjamin P. Brown is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting and a resident physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago Medical Center.


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Cultivating a Vision

A Conversation with New Mexico Farm Activist Don Bustos Don Bustos is a New Mexican farmer who has helped build a […]

Lucy Duncan is AFSC’s Friends Liaison. She has been a storyteller who works with Quaker meetings to help Friends to tell stories of spiritual experience. A version of this piece originally appeared on AFSC’s Acting in Faith blog at www​.afsc​.org/​f​r​i​e​nds and is used with permission. Lucy is a member of Goshen (Pa.) Meeting.


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Are Quakers Christian, Non-Christian, or Both?

Theological diversity challenges us to transcend differences.

Anthony Manousos, author of Quakers and the Interfaith Movement, attends Orange Grove Meeting in Pasadena, Calif., where he lives with his wife Jill Shook, author of Making Housing Happen, a book about faith-based affordable housing models. He is currently completing a book about Howard and Anna Brinton. His blog is laquaker​.blogspot​.com.


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Thomas Hamm on Division in Indiana

To someone who is not familiar with the controversy in Indiana Yearly Meeting, what would be your synopsis of the […]

Thomas Hamm is professor of history and director of special collections at Earlham College. A lifelong member of First Friends Meeting in New Castle, Indiana, he has served as recording clerk and a member of the executive committee of Indiana Yearly Meeting, and was co-clerk of the Reconfiguration Task Force of Indiana Yearly Meeting.

He has written or edited a number of works on Quaker history, most recently Quaker Writings, 1650–1920, published by Penguin Classics in 2011.


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A Farewell to FJ’s Art Director, Barbara Benton

You’ve been art director at Friends Journal for more than 35 years. What are the most notable changes from when […]

This month, Barbara Benton will be retiring after 35 years as art director at Friends Journal. Around the office, she is known for her passion, her artistic vision, and her outspoken nature.  

Barbara’s presence and enthusiasm will be missed. We wish her joy and grace as she enters this new journey in her life. Barbara may not be designing issues each month, but her vision and her spirit will be a continuous part of the life of Friends Journal as we move further in the twenty-first century.


Posted in: Departments, February 2013
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Carolyn Miller: A Woman for All Seasons

Carolyn Miller is a tall, slim woman, with sparkly blue eyes, short silvery hair and a stately bearing. For more […]

Karen L. Cadbury is a consultant and writer who works with not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of Midcoast Meeting in Damariscotta, Maine, and co-clerk of the Midcoast Peace Center. Suzanne Hallett is an artist and designer who is co-clerk of Midcoast Meeting.


Posted in: February 2013, Lives of Friends
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A Holy Place

Many years ago, I found myself driving a long distance with a woman from my office. I didn’t know her […]

Debby Churchman is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington, where she serves as an administrative secretary and events manager. She is a retired journalist.


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