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December 2018: Quakers and Christianity

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Features: The Continuing Revelation of My Christianity by Lauren Brownlee, Are We Really Christian? by Margaret Namubuya Amudavi, Inward Power by Gene Hillman, God, Jesus, Christianity, and Quakers by Jim Cain, Understanding Belief by Elizabeth Boardman, A Consideration of Metaphors by Rhiannon Grant, A Space for Doubt by Jeff Rasley.

Online Features: Quaker Christian Ways and Roots by Donne Hayden, How Am I a Christian? by Douglas C. Bennett, The White Rabbit of Quaker Theology by Christy Randazzo, Sweet Baby Jesus! by Patricia Wild, The Challenge of Quaker Christianity by Andrew Gage, Learning from John Woolman by Helene Pollock, Staying in It: Being Quaker and Radically Christian in Our Time by Marcelle Martin.

Poetry: Holy Night, Holy Light by Ken Gibble, A Chore Worth Doing by Bear Jack Gerhardt.

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How Am I a Christian?

Will others see us as Christians by our love?

Douglas C. Bennett served as president of Earlham College from 1997 to 2011. Now retired, he is a member of Durham (Maine) Meeting.


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The White Rabbit of Quaker Theology

Quakerism must be experienced, both individually and collectively.

Christy Randazzo is a convinced Friend and a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. They still sometimes attend a local Episcopal church with their family because it's where their family is rooted. However, to be honest, it's also because incense and candles can be quite lovely sometimes!


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Sweet Baby Jesus

The present鈥恡ense verbs of George Fox.

A convinced Friend since 1982, Patricia Wild is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), where she serves on its Ministry and Counsel and Prison Fellowship Group. Her latest "book, _WellingUp.net_, is an interactive, experimental website that tells a Quaker novel online using podcasts and supplementary materials and links.


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Saint Peter and Saint Paul, by Jusepe de Ribera, circa 1616. <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saint_Peter_and_Saint_Paul_mg_0036.jpg">Via Wikimedia</a>.

The Challenge of Quaker Christianity

Challenging ourselves and engaging with our Christian roots.

Andrew Gage is a Quaker, an environmental lawyer, and a father of two from Victoria, B.C., Canada. He is grateful for each of those roles, but still wishes that he had more time to devote to his spirituality and writing. Follow him on Twitter at @singingwithin.


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Learning from John Woolman, as a Christian Quaker

On a fateful day 20 years ago, events were set in motion that pushed me to immerse myself with great [鈥

Helene Pollock has participated in all branches of Friends during her 40 years of association with Friends. Her primary Quaker community at this time is the extended worship community that meets in the Philadelphia area. She is the former director of Quaker Affairs at Haverford College.


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Evergreen Worship Group circa 2006. Photo courtesy of the author.

Staying in It

A search for a faith community guided from within by God.

Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore (Pa.)Meeting, has led workshops on numerous subjects related to the spiritual life and is author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey. She is a core teacher for the upcoming nine-month course, Nurturing Faithfulness. Her blog is called A Whole Heart.


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Holy Night, Holy Light

FJ Poetry: It was a nocturnal birth / Without darkness.

Ken Gibble lives in聽Camp Hill, Pa.


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A Chore Worth Doing

FJ Poetry: Day鈥檚 end, most chores done, some chores not. 馃敀

Bear Jack Gebhardt lives in聽Fort Collins, Colo.


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Emma Membreno-Sorto sharing a statement at the March 14 press conference held at Albuquerque Meeting. Image from YouTube.

Provide Sanctuary

It is time for people of conscience to embrace the brothers and sisters among us. 馃敀

Michael Resman lives in聽Rochester, Minn.


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Forum December 2018

Letters from our readers. 馃敀

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