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April 2014: EducationStudent Voices Project: The Testimony of Integrity
15 Years of the Bridge Film Festival: Interview with Andrew Cohen
Quakers and Unschooling: Seres Kyrie
The Gun Play Dilemma:  Jennifer Arnest
Elitist Institutions?: Louis Herbst

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That Day

“Our big, black Chevy pulled into the lot in front of the Ulta makeup department store on Saturday. My mom […]

True Lyons is a sixth grader at Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa. She loves to read and really enjoys writing about all kinds of things. She is currently working on a love story. She aspires to be an author and professional blogger when she grows up. She lives with her mom, cat, and sister in Philadelphia most of the time and with her dad in Brooklyn, N.Y., every other weekend.


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THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!

“ ‘Mew. Mew.’ What’s that? I heard a small noise come from up the hill. It sounded like a … a […]

Zivia Brown is a 12-year-old cat lover and sixth grader at Greene Street Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, drawing, doing karate, and playing with her cats. She lives with her mom, pop, and four cats.


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Zivia, Levi, Grace, and True with their teacher, Kiri, in the classroom at Greene Street Friends School.

Greene Street Friends School Explores Integrity

A profile of the Greene Street Friends School class that entered many of this year’s entries.

Gail Whiffen is the associate editor of Friends Journal.


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Fifteen Years of the Bridge Film Festival

An interview with Andrew Cohen of Brooklyn Friends School.

Martin Kelley is senior editor at Friends Journal. 


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Friends Education: Our Light for the World

The experience of a Friends education leads to a teaching career. 🔒

Galen McNemar Hamann is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.). She is director of Friends education at Moses Brown School, where she teaches religion and ethics and serves as a spiritual counselor. She also serves as a multi-faith chaplain in local hospitals.


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Photos courtesy of Seres Kyrie.

Quakers and Unschooling

One Quaker family’s approach to education.

Seres Kyrie lives with her partner and two children in southwest Wisconsin where they homeschool, make music, and cook delicious food. The Kyries travel an hour to Madison (Wis.) Meeting, where they are in the process of becoming members. When they cannot attend meeting, worship is held on the riverbanks.


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Photo courtesy Jennifer Arnest

The Gun Play Dilemma

How one Friends school handles fantasy play in the early elementary classroom.

Jennifer Arnest is the lower school head at San Francisco Friends School. She has been an educator in the field of early childhood education for more than 20 years and attended Friends School of Baltimore in Maryland as a young student. SFFS is a K–8 independent school founded 13 years ago.


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Photo courtesy of Westtown School.

Quaker Institutional Identity

What makes an institution Quaker? 🔒

R. Melvin Keiser is professor emeritus of religious studies, Guilford College. He is the author of many essays in Quaker theology and post-critical philosophy, and of books on early Quaker Isaac Penington (with Rosemary Moore) and on the American theologians H. Richard Niebuhr and Stanley Romaine Hopper. He is a member of Swannanoa Valley Meeting in Black Mountain, N.C.


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Elitist Institutions?

Examining Quaker perceptions of Friends schools.

Louis Herbst is the academic dean at Scattergood Friends School, a member of Richland Meeting in Quakertown, Pa., and former member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Committee on Friends Education. He is a graduate of the Friends Council on Education's Leadership Institute and holds a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Quaker Leadership and Education

Three stories and a vision of recovering joy. 🔒

Alexander Levering Kern is an educator, poet, writer, ecumenical and interfaith leader, and member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.). Editor of the anthology Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations, he currently serves as executive director of the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University in Boston.


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