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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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Don Out of Prison at Last

FJ Poetry: “He chose to sit on the steps…”

Phyllis Hoge Thompson lives in Albuquerque, N.M.


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Addendum

FJ Poetry: “It’s been raining all morning…” 🔒

Lydia Caros lives in St Paul, Minn.


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Trenton Friends meetinghouse and burial ground in March 2011.

The Challenge of Celebrating Historical Wars

What does a Friends meeting do when their hometown celebrates war?

Sharon Ann Holt began attending Trenton (N.J.) Meeting upon moving to the city in 2012, having absorbed some Quaker spirit in her three years as director of the Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland. She teaches history and public history at Penn State Abington and enjoys using her professional abilities to serve the meeting.


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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

By Karen Armstrong. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 512 pages. $30/hardcover; $16.95/paperback; $14.99/eBook. The world is still recoiling from the Charlie […]

Douglas Bennett is president emeritus of Earlham College. He is a member of First Friends Richmond in the New Association of Friends, the group recently set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting. He lives in Maine and worships at Durham (Maine) Meeting.


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Antiwar Dissent and Peace Activism in World War I America: A Documentary Reader

Edited by Scott H. Bennett and Charles F. Howlett. University of Nebraska Press, 2014. 400 pages. $30/paperback. I have of […]

J. E. McNeil is executive director of On the Level, a nonpartisan advocacy organization, and a member of Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C. She has spent most of her adult life working for peace as an attorney, a lobbyist, and the executive director of the Center on Conscience & War from 1999 to 2010.


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Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age

By James Carroll. Viking, 2014. 352 pages. $30/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. In every age, Christ has presented a challenge: to interpret, to […]

Brian Drayton is a member of Weare (N.H.) meeting.


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A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

Edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart. Rethinking Schools, 2014. 397 pages. $24.95/paperback. As I dipped into A People’s Curriculum […]

Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


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By Faith and By Love: Martin and Mabel’s Journey

By Beverly England Williams. Resource Publications, 2014. 177 pages. $23/paperback; $9.99/eBook. The story of Martin and Mabel England is a […]

Beth Taylor is a member of Westerly (R.I.) Meeting, a co-director of Brown University’s Nonfiction Writing Program, and the author of The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir.


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Milestones June/July 2015

Births, deaths, and marriages among Friends. 🔒

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Friends gather for weekly peace vigil in front of Homewood Meeting in Baltimore, Md.

Baltimore, the Time Is Now

A Baltimore Friend shares her first-hand experience and perspective from the city’s unrest.

Sarah Bur became a convinced Friend as a teenager. A member of Homewood Meeting in Baltimore, Md., she currently serves as clerk for Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting. She is a registered nurse who oversees the Federal Bureau of Prisons infection prevention and control program.


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