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Stories from the Line: Reflections on Protesting the U.S. Army School of the Americas

I first heard of the U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), located on the grounds of the huge Ft. Benning Army base in Georgia, through the Religious Society of Friends. [The SOA was renamed “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Coöperation” on January 17, 2001—Eds.] When I was offered the opportunity to participate in a […]

Barbara Luetke-Stahlman is a member of Penn Valley Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., living in Wilson, N.C. She recently published a book, 17th-Century Remarkable Quaker Youth.


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Including Deaf Quakers

It has been my experience that when Quakers discuss diversity, they usually think of those of color or those with various sexual orientations, but rarely of those who are profoundly deaf. This is reasonable, of course, since apparently there are very few profoundly deaf Quakers or attenders who participate in monthly or yearly meetings, and […]

Barbara Luetke-Stahlman, a member of Penn Valley Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, currently attends Dallas (Tex.) Meeting. She is an educational consultant for ESL, reading, and deafness, and she teaches sign language at a local high school. She is interested in contact with deaf Quakers: [email protected]​msn.​com.


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Young Adult Quaker Ministers: Mary Fisher and Elizabeth Fletcher

“I believe that some young people have old souls and that these young people become seasoned spiritual leaders at an early age if they follow their Guide and have oversight.” —Deborah Fisch Having Quaker children of my own who are in their teen and young adult years, I began in the winter of 2000 to […]

Barbara Luetke-Stahlman, a member of Penn Valley Meeting in Kansas City, Mo., lives in Wilson, N.C. Material for this article is drawn from her book 17th Century Remarkable Quaker Youth. For this essay she has relied heavily on Phyllis Mack’s Visionary Women: Ecstatic Prophecy in Seventeenth-Century England (Univ. of California Press, 1992).


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Friends with Hearing Loss

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