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October 2016: Crossing Cultures

We Think We鈥檙e Separate
    Robin Mohr
What Unites Us
    Gretchen Castle
Quaker Indian Boarding Schools
    Paula Palmer
Reaching Out and Across
    Jane Fremon
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Among Friends: Expanding the Definition of Home

An introduction to our issue on “Crossing Cultures.”

Gail Whiffen is associate editor of聽Friends Journal.


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We Think We鈥檙e Separate

Quaker honesty requires us to acknowledge what we are addressing and what we are ignoring.

Robin Mohr has served as executive secretary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas since 2011. She and her husband, Christopher, are members of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and have two sons, now in high school and college.


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What Unites Us

If we want a world without war, we must first accept our own Quaker family.

Gretchen Castle serves as general secretary of Friends World Committee for Consultation鈥揥orld Office in London, which works across the four section offices around the world and represents Friends at the world level. Gretchen is a member of Doylestown (Pa.) Meeting.


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The World Plenary Meeting in Pisac, Peru, January 2016. Photo (c) Vanessa Julye.

The Quaker Family

Do Friends survive on the world stage because of our wide theological diversity. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online […]

Now retired from her professional life in human resources, Elaine Green focuses on Quaker responsibilities. A member of Bury Saint Edmunds Local Meeting, she is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in Quaker studies through Woodbrooke College (accredited by Lancaster University).


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Quaker teachers, families, and students at the Ottawa School, Indian Territory, 1872. Courtesy of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College.

Quaker Indian Boarding Schools

Facing our history and ourselves.

Paula Palmer’s Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples ministry is under the care of Boulder (Colo.) Meeting. She offers Toward Right Relationship workshops in churches, schools, and colleges. Her 60-minute slide presentation on the Quaker Indian boarding schools and additional resources are posted at boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc-right-relationship.


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Reaching Out and Across

The shock of 9/11 inspired a friendship program between a Friends school and Islamic school that endures.

Jane Fremon, a member of Princeton (N.J.) Meeting, has served as head of school at Princeton Friends School since its founding in 1987. She has also served Friends schools broadly through her association with Friends Council on Education.


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A Place of Stillness in Iran

A Friend finds that inward place of quiet communion while traveling through Iran. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online […]

Karie Firoozmand is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md.


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A Ministry of Presence

A crisis of policy leads Baltimore Friends toward reviving intervisitation and a “ministry of presence.”

Joan Dyer Liversidge, a member of Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting has traveled among Friends United Meeting Friends since 2002 and serves on the Intervisitation Working Group. This summer she traveled as a minister of presence to the annual sessions of Evangelical Friends Church Eastern Region, Indiana Yearly Meeting, and Intermoutain Yearly Meeting.


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Why Quakers Stopped Voting

Friends have long wrestled with the moral implications of voting.

Paul Buckley is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Quaker history, faith, and practice. His most recent book is The Essential Elias Hicks.


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Heart Like a Mountain

FJ Poetry: “My grandmother had a heart like a mountain.”

Carol Wills lives in Durham, N.C.


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