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Forum May 2013

“Listening and Speaking from the Heart,” by Os Cresson, plus reactions to our issue on sexuality.

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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Simplicity Quantified

An artist’s work highlights the choices in our lives. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: every Friends […]

Christen Higgins Clougherty has a doctorate in Quaker studies and is executive director of the Nobis Project, a nonprofit educational company that promotes global citizenship. Her blog Quaker School Voices (quakerschoolvoices.blogspot.com) focuses on leadings at Friends schools and is co-sponsored by the Friends Council on Education.


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A Message in Clay

A time of personal brokenness inspires a clay artist.

Jiae Paik is a graduate of Earlham School of Religion, focusing her ministry on spiritual direction. She uses clay specifically as a medium to deepen and guide directees’ spiritual lives, as well as to create ceramic sculptures with spiritual and religious themes. She is a member of Seoul Meeting in Seoul, Korea, and currently lives in Paju, Korea.


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Full Moon, photo (c) David Foster

The Spiritual Awakening of a Late-to-Bloom Artist

Way opens for an unexpected passion.

After a 40-year career in NGOs and academia, David Foster has reclaimed his passion for nature photography. His award-winning images have been shared through numerous exhibits and are in many individual collections. David and his wife Jenny belong to Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting, where he currently serves as clerk, and live in Decatur. His website is www.davidfosterimages.net.


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Meeting for Worship with Attention to Stories

Sharing stories can heal communities. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: every Friends Journal ever published, going […]

Lucy Duncan is AFSC’s Friends Liaison. She has been a platform storyteller for 20 years. Lucy is a member of Goshen (Pa.) Meeting. She lives with her family in the caretaker’s house in a Quaker cemetery west of Philadelphia.


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This is the typical setup for a Playback performance, and part of the ritual for Playback Theatre. Setting includes seating for the conductor (or MC), teller (an audience member), actors, and scarves and musical instruments/noisemakers.

The Power of Playback

Playback Theatre lends Quaker spirituality a voice.

Sara Waxman is a poet and the advertising sales manager at Friends Journal. She is a company member at People’s Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, Pa., and a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. Read more on her blog at grummelot.wordpress.com.


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Watts Interview

Bum-Rush the Internet

An Interview with Jon Watts

Jon Watts is a Quaker musician and traveling performer with a concern for Friends and the internet. Find more of his work, including his blog, videos, and songs at www.jonwatts.com.


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Changes in Worldwide Friends Since 2007

An interview with FWCC’s Robin Mohr 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: every Friends Journal ever published, […]

Robin Mohr is executive secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation-Section of the Americas, located online at fwccamericas.org. Their website VoicesofFriends.org has resources for both new seekers and long-time Friends.


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Epistle: Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns

From their Midwinter Gathering 2013

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Books May 2013: A Young Friends Bookshelf

Reviewed books: Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship, by Edward Hemingway; Good People Everywhere, by Lynea Gillen, illustrated by Kristina Swarner; Because Amelia Smiles, by David Ezra Stein; Wanakjiji: The Villagers, by Michael Resman, translated by Fred Senelwa and illustrated by Cyrus Ngatia Gathigo; The Sandal Artist, by Kathleen T. Pelley; The Forgiveness Garden, by […]

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