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September 2013

Among Friends: When Love Requires Conflict

If the Quaker faith were a tree, it would bear the scars of conflict but also the gnarly character of […]

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.

Posted in: Among Friends, September 2013, Unfeatured
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Forum September 2013

Forum A colorful shock The color August issue of Friends Journal was a shock, but a good one! I commend […]

A selection of letters from our readers.

Posted in: Forum, September 2013
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What Love Requires: Community and the Challenge of Diversity

Community and the challenge of diversity.

George Schaefer, a licensed clinical social worker, serves Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as its care and aging coordinator. A former clerk of Radnor (Pa.) Meeting, George is a member of Abington (Pa.) Meeting. He lives with his wife Georgette in Glenside, Pa. This article was adapted from a plenary talk at the 2013 Friends General Conference Gathering in Greenley, Colorado.

Posted in: Features, September 2013
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Listening with the Eyes

Photography as contemplative practice.

Peter West Nutting is a member of Vassalboro (Maine) Meeting. After 35 years of teaching German and French, he is now a freelance translator. Besides photography, his passions are gardening, hiking, winter sports, and managing his tree farm. His photographs may be viewed at www.franklintreephoto.com.

This article is about the author's experience at the 2013 FGC Gathering leading a workshop called "Photography as a Contemplative Practice." All photographs were taken by the workshop participants throughout the week of Gathering.

Posted in: Art, Features, September 2013
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Quaker Bestsellers 2013

From the 2013 FGC Gathering in Greeley, Colorado

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From the Archives: Light on Death Row

“I know that opposing the death penalty will not be easy for U.S. Friends, as the tide of public opinion […]

Biography from the 1996 issue: Jan Arriens is an English Quaker of Dutch descent. He studied at Cambridge, spent ten years as a diplomat in the Australian Foreign Service, and has been a freelance translator for the past 17 years.

Posted in: From the Archives, September 2013
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Marvin Wilson in a 2006 photo.

Witness to an Execution

A prison correspondence leads to a feared request.

Rich Van Dellen is a member of Rochester (Minn.) Meeting. He is a husband, father, and grandfather, and a retired physician. He is assistant clerk of Friends General Conference and a former trustee member of Friends Publishing Corporation.  He wishes to thank Myron Bietz for his review of the article and suggestions.

Posted in: Features, September 2013
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Lucretia and James: Living in Perfect Love

Our heroes and heroines rarely emerge fully formed.

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 playgroups, 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.

Posted in: Features, September 2013
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Two men share stories in a cafe. Photo: Alla Podolsky.

Telling Stories of Our Spiritual Journey

We need to create space for sharing our stories.

Mary Ann Downey is a member of Atlanta (Ga.)  Meeting. She shares Quaker beliefs through the FGC Traveling Ministry program, and as director of Decision Bridges. She has served on the boards of the American Friends Service Committee, Friends Publishing Corporation, Friends General Conference, and Earlham School of Religion.

Posted in: Features, September 2013
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Quality & Quakerism

Parallels between the pursuit of quality and being a Quaker.

Peter Baston is a quality and systems engineer who has worked in product development, systems engineering, and project management. He has led troubleshooting and due diligence investigations in Africa, Europe, and the United States. Baston is a member of Boulder (Colo.) Meeting.

Posted in: Features, September 2013
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