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FJ Interview with Al Vernacchio

FJ Interview with Al Vernacchio

Al Vernacchio’s article, “Friends Schools and Healthy Sexuality” appears in the March 2013 issue of Friends Journal. Al teaches sexuality […]

Al Vernacchio teaches and organizes sexually-themed programs and assemblies, provides parent education on human sexuality topics, and is one of the faculty advisors for the Gay-Straight Alliance at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. His work has been featured as a cover story in the New York Times Magazine.

This interview was conducted by Friends Journal Editor Martin Kelley.


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Among Friends: How Friends Journal is Funded

A letter from the Friends Journal executive director.

Gabriel Ehri is the executive director of Friends Journal.


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Forum March 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 constraints, we cannot print every letter.


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By John De Boer

Friends Schools and Healthy Sexuality

Discussing sexuality in the Quaker classroom.

Al Vernacchio teaches and organizes sexuality-themed programs and assemblies, provides parent education on human sexuality topics, and is one of the faculty advisors for the Gay-Straight Alliance at Friends Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. His work has been featured as a cover story in the New York Times Magazine.


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Phone caller

Loving the Difficult People

Tales from a Phone Sex Operator

Karen Ainslee (a pseudonym) is a member of a meeting in the western United States. She has worked as a phone sex operator for more than 15 years. Clients’ real names have been changed for confidentiality.


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Toward a Testimony of Intimacy

Let’s face it: we don’t like to talk about sex. Most people don’t, but Quakers are especially reluctant. We also […]

Douglas C. Bennett is President Emeritus of Earlham College and a member of First Friends in Richmond, Indiana, which is part of the newly-created Indiana Yearly Meeting Outcast. Living now in Maine, he worships with Brunswick Friends Meeting.


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"Towards a Quaker View of Sex" cover

From a Quaker View of Sex

Quick! Name the most influential document published by British Quakers in the twentieth century. It’s probably a 1963 pamphlet entitled […]

Mitchell Santine Gould enables financial advisors to collect client data for use in emergencies. Curator of LeavesOfGrass.Org, he is the leading authority on Walt Whitman's rise among “sailors, lovers, and Quakers.” Together with the LGBT Religious Archive Network, he documents the historical intersections between Quakers and gay people.


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New-Passage

Bringing Sexual Abuse to Light

A meeting learns to be supportive in the wake of sexual abuse.

Melissa LeVine is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She has been a member of Lexington (Ky.) Meeting for several years. Betsy Neale is also a member of Lexington Meeting and provides sexuality education for parents.


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The Law, Grace, and Homosexuality

There are two radically different ways of reading the Bible; we can approach it under the Law or under Grace. […]

Edward Elder is current clerk of New York Quarterly Meeting’s Ministry and Counsel committee. He is a pastoral psychotherapist.


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Q&A: Peggy Brick

In the 1970s, the sexual revolution was challenging traditional sexual values and I was invited to develop full‐year psychology and […]

Peggy Brick, M.Ed., has been a sexuality educator for over 40 years, first as high school teacher, then as director of education at a Planned Parenthood in Bergen County, N.J., and now as an educational consultant specializing in sexuality across the lifespan. She teaches a course at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, is the founder and past-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University (www.sexualityandaging.com) and the co-author of numerous articles and teaching manuals including Positive Images: Teaching about Abstinence, Contraception and Sexual Health; Unequal Partners: Teaching about Power and Consent in Adult-Teen and Other Relationships; and Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter: 30 Sex Ed Lessons for Adults Only.


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