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August 2016: Quaker Spaces

Framing the Light
Jean Schnell
It’s the Spirit That Makes It Beautiful
Cherice Bock
Grounding Friends Presence on Capitol Hill
Beth Hendricks
A Quaker Space for Our Time
Chris Mohr
Let’s Grow Together
FJ Book Reviews

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Among Friends: An Everlasting Space for Truth

An introduction to our issue on Quaker Spaces.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of聽Friends Journal.


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Forum, August 2016

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Framing the Light

Quaker meetinghouses as space and Spirit.

Jean Schnell is a lifelong Quaker with roots in Valley Meeting in Wayne, Pa. She is now a member of Framingham (Mass.) Meeting. She is a retired nurse and health coach. She loves the contemplative process of viewing the world through a camera with delight, awe, and joy. Her photographs of meetinghouses can be found at JeanSchnell.com.


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It鈥檚 the Spirit That Makes It Beautiful

A Friends church in Oregon opens itself to its neighbors.

Cherice Bock teaches at George Fox University, and is pursuing a PhD in environmental studies. She is part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, where she organizes Peace Month (nwfriends.org/peacemonth). Cherice enjoys spending time with her spouse and two sons, raising chickens, gardening, hiking, biking, writing, and reading.


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Ministry of Tourism

A historic meetinghouse becomes a place where the public can learn about Friends.

Since 2013, Lynne Calamia has overseen the operation, maintenance, and upkeep of the historic Arch Street Meeting House and burial ground. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Penn State University. Lynne is a member of the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia.


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Grounding Friends Presence on Capitol Hill

Creating a space where all people are welcome, heard, and respected.

Beth Henricks is a member of Western Yearly Meeting and Indianapolis First Friends Meeting (Ind.), where she also serves as director of Christian Education and Family Ministries. Beth is a long-serving member of FCNL’s governance and clerk of the capital campaign committee. Beth is a divinity student at Earlham School of Religion.


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A Quaker Space for Our Time

A look inside a central hub of Philadelphia Quaker activity.

Chris Mohr is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He has been executive director of Friends Center Corporation since January 2015, after 20 years of fundraising and advocacy for affordable housing. He is currently a trustee of Friends Publishing Corporation, the publisher of Friends Journal, and a board member of Greene Street Friends School.


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The Dwelling Place Within

While traveling to unusual worship places, a Friend discovers the sacred dwelling space within.

Lola Georg is a member of Media (Pa.) Meeting. Currently, she is a licensed professional counselor in private practice. Previously, she had an extensive career in financial management for nonprofit organizations, including Quaker organizations. She loves Viv Hawkins, and they live in Philadelphia, Pa.


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On Being Empty

FJ Poetry: “I鈥檝e been empty for a while now…”

Karie Firoozmand lives in聽Timonium, Md.


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Gabby Hammons (center, with short hair) next to Congressman John Lewis during FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend, 2016.

Lets Grow Together Interview with Gabby Hammons

Our Lets Grow Together interviews profile newcomers to Friends.

Trevor Johnson is the editorial fellow at Friends Journal through Quaker Voluntary Service鈥檚 second-year Alumni Fellows program. Do you know someone we should interview? Reach us at [email protected]


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