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August 2014: Quaker Myth‐Busting

Beyond the Oatmeal Box by A.J. Mendoza
A Quaker Argument Against Gun Control by Matthew Van Meter
On the Right Side of Harpers Ferry by Esther Coppock Shaw
Quaker Problems by Taylor Mary Satterthwaite

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Among Friends August 2014

In Praise of “I Don’t Know” 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this […]

Gabriel Ehri is the executive director of Friends Journal.


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Beyond the Oatmeal Box

Refuting the too‐common myth that Quakers are Amish‐like in our use of technology. Includes audio reading by author.

A.J. Mendoza is a member of West Hills Friends Church in Portland, Ore., and has recently returned home after a year of Quaker Voluntary Service in Atlanta, Ga. He serves on the board of Safety Net, a nonprofit that serves LGBTQ students and alumni of Christian colleges. You can read more of his work at queerquaker.blogspot.com.


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"Eirith Monthly Meeting," a oil painting by Samuel Lucas

Exploring the Unwritten Rules of Meeting for Worship

How does an internalized sense of rules influence the quality of meeting for worship?

Debbie Humphries is a member of Hartford (Conn.) Meeting. She carries a concern for the strength and vitality of the Religious Society of Friends. Her experience traveling among Friends has provided an opportunity to hear how the Spirit is moving among us, and to reflect deeply on how our practices—our forms—both nurture and limit the life of the Spirit among us.


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A Quaker Argument against Gun Control

When good intentions have unintended consequences. PODCAST AVAILABLE.

Matthew Van Meter’s writing has appeared on Forbes.com, Russia Magazine, and Russia Profile, where he was a columnist. A member of Moorestown (N.J.) Meeting, he lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he volunteers with the Michigan Criminal Justice Program and Shakespeare in Prison.


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A Meetinghouse in Maine

A Quaker history in microcosm. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, […]

Betsy Maxfield Crofts is a member of Newtown (Pa.) Meeting. She works as a birth doula, supporting couples during childbirth. She serves as a trustee of the Quaker Ridge Meeting House Fund. For more information, visit Quakerridgemeetinghouse.tumblr.com.


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Harper's Weekly illustration of U.S. Marines attacking John Brown's "Fort"

On the Right Side of Harpers Ferry

Finding skeletons in our Quaker closets. PODCAST AVAILABLE.

Esther Coppock Shaw is a member of Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Mich.


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Alternatives to Violence among Guatemalan Friends

What does nonviolence mean in a society nearly paralyzed by violence?

Martha McManamy is a long-time member of Amesbury (Mass.) Meeting, currently serving as clerk of that meeting. She has traveled among Friends in Bolivia, Cuba, Kenya, Guatemala, and Western Europe.


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Quaker Problems

Explanation of the popular Quaker Problems Internet meme.

Taylor Mary Satterthwaite is from Berea, Ky.


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The Gift

Friends Journal poetry.

Madeline Lasser lives in Ringoes, N.J.


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Silent Waiting

Friends Journal poetry.

Lydia Caros lives in St Paul, Minn.


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