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On the occasion of this, our issue focusing on what have been called “the Quaker testimonies,” I pause to reflect on how radical the Quaker faith is, and how rich our conversation. The topic of “testimonies” hits the sweet spot for Friends Journal. Our stock in trade, after all, is language; it’s how Friends give voice to the inner workings of Spirit. And what are the testimonies if not a linguistic shorthand for a shared spiritual experience? The concept of testimonies is one readers of Friends Journal have seen discussed, often without further explanation, many times in our pages.
—Gabriel Ehri, Among Friends. 
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FJ Interview with Eric Moon

Eric Moon is the author of “Categorically Not the Testimonies” in the June/July 2013 issue of Friends Journal. In our […]

Eric Moon is a member of Berkeley (Calif.) Meeting and a staff person for the Western Region of the American Friends Service Committee.


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Among Friends June/July 2013

The Flavor of Quaker Testimonies

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.


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Forum June/July 2013

Letters from our readers.

Forum letters should be sent with the writer's name and address to [email protected] Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Because of space considerations, we cannot print every letter.


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Categorically Not the Testimonies

Pulling the Quaker testimonies from their boxes.

Eric Moon is a member of Berkeley (Calif.) Meeting, currently clerk of College Park Quarterly Meeting, and past clerk of Pacific Yearly Meeting. He has worked for over two decades for the West Region of the American Friends Service Committee. He is a new grandparent, ridiculously enamored of Gabriel and Ruby.


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Reclaiming Our Divine Birthright

Is it easier to talk about the testimonies than about God? 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an […]

Patricia Barber is a member of Goose Creek Meeting in Lincoln, Va. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, she is a freelance writer who now lives with her family in Keedysville, Md. She blogs at headuponastone.blogspot.com.


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Reviving our Testimonies

How do we testify, and to what? 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read […]

Michael D. Levi is a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting, where he serves as clerk of the Ministry and Worship committee and assistant clerk of the meeting. At work he tries to make economic data accessible and intelligible. At home Michael likes to cook, play bridge, and hang out with his family.


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A Simple Life?

A spiritual searcher seeks a simple life.

Devan Malore is a contractor, writer, and artist living on the Maury River outside Lexington, Virginia. He is a former monk of a Hindu monastic order and one of the founders of Hindu Heritage Summer Camp. He now divides time between work, writing, art, nature wandering, and attending Maury River Meeting down the road.


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On Authority, A New Apologia

Can science and morality explain why something is holy? 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? […]

Jacob Stone is a member of Doylestown (Pa.) Meeting.  He and his wife, Gretta, have been Friends in residence at Chena Ridge Meeting in Fairbanks, Alas., and were directors of the Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California. They are longtime Friends General Conference Couple Enrichment leaders, and are about to be Friends in residence at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, Pa.


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Africa, Appalachia, and Arrest

The story of a leading.

Eileen Flanagan is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., a teacher at Pendle Hill, and a leader of Earth Quaker Action Team. The author of The Wisdom to Know the Difference, she is currently working on a memoir tentatively titled Renewable. ©2013 Eileen Flanagan, used with permission.


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Working for Peace for 96 Years

The witness of the American Friends Service Committee

Shan Cretin is general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee. Prior to her appointment in 2010, she served as director of the AFSC's Pacific Southwest Region. She has served as clerk of Pacific Yearly meeting, co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of Alternatives to Violence Project, and serves on the board of the directors of the California Endowment.


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