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January 2016
Quakers and the Political Process

Bird‐dogging the Candidates
Kevin Rutledge
Why Friends Are Needed in Politics
Diane Randall
This Age of Insecurity
Ron McDonald
Let’s Grow Together
FJ Books January 2016

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The Prophetic and the Pragmatic in Politics

We are in good company as we fumble and grope to find our way in politics. 🔒

Isaac May is a graduate of Earlham College and Harvard Divinity School. He is currently pursuing a PhD in religious studies at the University of Virginia. Isaac has published several articles on Quaker history. He holds membership in Charlottesville (Va.) Meeting.


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This Age of Insecurity

Our quiet pause can counteract a collective obsession with fights and power.

Ron McDonald is a member of Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting, frequent writer for Friends Journal, pastoral counselor, musician, and storyteller.


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Hana in Spring

FJ Poetry: “Spring reminds her of her garden in Iraq…”

Christine E. Black lives in Charlottesville, Va.


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Why Have a Peace and Social Concerns Committee?

Life in the Meeting 🔒

Eileen Flanagan is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team. Her latest book is Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope.

The copyright for this article belongs to Eileen Flanagan.


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A 1953 painting by Cliff Young depicting the disenfranchisement of the Friends at the election of 1733 on Saint Paul's green. Photo courtesy of Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site.
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The Great Election of 1733

An election 283 years ago paved the way for religious freedom in America. 🔒

David Osborn is the site manager of Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon, N.Y. A version of the first part of this article appeared on the National Park Service’s website in 2007; it is reprinted here with permission from Saint Paul’s Church.


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Let’s Grow Together: Interview with Meredith and Michael Carlone

Let’s Grow Together interviews those new to Friends.

Trevor Johnson is the editorial fellow at Friends Journal through Quaker Voluntary Service’s second-year Alumni Fellows program.


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State College Meeting members show off their new solar panels. Courtesy of State College Friends.

News, January 2016

Protests at Guilford and Earlham Colleges and against gas pipelines; New England Friends statement on Paris attacks; FGC program changes; […]

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Building a Movement

Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: an organizing guide

By Daniel Hunter. The Veterans of Hope Project, 2015. 71 pages. $10/paperback; $4/eBook. A number of yearly meetings have been […]

Patience A. Schenck is a member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and author of two Pendle Hill pamphlets, including Living Our Testimony on Equality: A White Friend’s Experience.


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The Class of '65

The Class of ’65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness

By Jim Auchmutey. PublicAffairs, 2015. 270 pages. $25.99/hardcover; $17.99/eBook. In the fall of 1960, the school board of Americus, Ga., […]

David Etheridge is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Working Group on Racism.


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Everyone Belongs to God

Everyone Belongs to God: Discovering the Hidden Christ

By Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, edited by Charles E. Moore. Plough Publishing House, 2015. 138 pages. $12/paperback; $9.99/eBook. So what does […]

Brent Bill is a writer, retreat leader, and member of West Newton (Ind.) Meeting. His newest book is Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble toward Simplicity and Grace. He serves as Friends General Conference’s associate secretary of communications, publications, and outreach.


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