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Activists vs Mystics vs Pragmatists

Organizing with the Spirit
  Lucy Duncan
Main Street Activism and Wall Street Advocacy
  Jeffery W. Perkins
Revelation and Revolution
  Daniel Seeger
Bringing Our Bodies to the Light
  Madeline Schaefer
Quaker Books June/July 2015

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Author chat with Jeffery W. Perkins on financial strategies for social change

Hear from June/July author Jeff Perkins in our latest author chat; he talks about how shareholder advocacy works, plus offers […]

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The Toolkit of the Kingdom of God

Intro to the June/July issue.

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.


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Forum, June/July 2015

Letters from our readers. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please […]

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Rand Reeves (photo by Gail Folda).

Organizing with the Spirit

A tragedy among Nebraska Friends provides a model for faith-based activism that supports community.

Lucy Duncan is director of Friends relations at American Friends Service Committee. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. She attends Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery. To learn more about the Quaker social change ministry model described in this article, go to afsc​.org/​f​r​i​e​n​d​s​/​r​e​s​o​u​r​ces.

A version of this article first appeared on American Friends Service Committee’s Acting in Faith blog.


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Main Street Activism and Wall Street Advocacy: Strange Bedfellows?

Working together on different but complementary strategies for change.

Jeffery W. Perkins is executive director of Friends Fiduciary Corporation, a Quaker nonprofit providing cost effective, professional, socially responsible investment services to Quaker meetings, churches, and organizations. He serves on the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.


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Peace bridge between Canada and the United States at the east end of Lake Erie.

Vigils and Demonstrating

The demonstrator can influence only through contagion. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read […]

Richard D. Hathaway, a member of Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Meeting, is professor emeritus of English at SUNY New Paltz. His publications include Sylvester Judd’s New England (1981) and Reflections from Silence (2011), published by Quaker Books of Britain Yearly Meeting.  He was chairperson of the legislative committee of the Poor People’s Campaign.


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Inner Peace, Outer Peace

A spiritual practice of integrity in communications. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read […]

Elizabeth De Sa is a writer, mother, teacher, and practitioner of Nonviolent Communication. Of Indian descent, she grew up in England and now lives in intentional community in North Carolina. She attends Swannanoa Valley Meeting in Black Mountain, N.C. She is the author of Pendle Hill pamphlet #414, Seeking Inner Peace. Her website is innerpeace​-outerpeace​.org.


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The Fisk Jubilee Singers in 1882, an African American a cappella ensemble consisting of students at Fisk University. In 2002 the Library of Congress honored their 1909 recording of "Sweet Low, Sweet Chariot" by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry.

Revelation and Revolution

The Apocalypse of John in the Quaker and African American spiritual traditions.

Daniel Seeger has served as executive director of Pendle Hill and as a staff member and board member of the American Friends Service Committee. The current article grows out of a reflection on the centenary of the birth of his late friend, civil rights leader Bayard Rustin. A version of this article was presented as the 2014 keynote address of the Bible Association of Friends in America.


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Bringing Our Bodies to the Light

Finding stories of Friends struggling with eating and body image.

Madeline Schaefer grew up attending Radnor (Pa.) Meeting outside of Philadelphia. She currently lives in West Philadelphia in a big house with lots of house meetings and good conversation. When she is not riding her bicycle around the city, she can be found doing yoga, writing poetry, and collecting stories.


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In Memoriam: Richard G. Bowie

FJ Poetry: “He woke all up to the cow’s returning” 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ […]

John McGonigle lives in Westport, Mass.


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