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Meeting at the Center: Living Love and Reconciling One with Another

By Bruce Birchard. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 442), 2016. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet. In this pamphlet, based on a 2011 plenary […]

Marty Grundy is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting.


Posted in: August 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, The Art of Dying
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Photos courtesy of Bruce Birchard.

Exploring New Images of God

We need to adapt models of God that reconnect us to the burning oneness binding everything.

Bruce Birchard served as general secretary of Friends General Conference from 1992 to 2011. Since retiring, he works with Quaker Voluntary Service as a founding board member and as a member of its Philadelphia support committee. He also serves on the board of Right Sharing of World Resources. He enjoys babysitting his one-year-old grandson on a regular basis.


Posted in: Features, June/July 2014: Concepts of God
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Meeting at the Center

We are all part of the same Quaker family. We are called to love one another, and to be reconciled […]

Bruce Birchard is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. He recently retired after 19 years of service as General Secretary of Friends General Conference. He has been encouraged to develop the entirety of “Meeting at the Center” into a Pendle Hill pamphlet. This is an excerpt from “Meeting at the Center: Living Love and Reconciling One to Another,” Bruce Birchard’s plenary address at the 2011 Friends General Conference Gathering of Friends held in Iowa.


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Quaker Organizations Welcome New Leaders

In recent months there have been numerous changes in the executive leadership of several Quaker organizations. Some observers have even […]

Diana Allinger, an intern with Friends Journal in the fall of 2010, is a senior at Temple University. Several other FJ interns, including Melissa Archer, Patty Cangelosi, Julia Feerrar, and Madeline Schaefer, assisted with the development of this article.


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Demie Kurz

With Demie Kurz, conversation about life, family, work, and beliefs is laced with phrases of feeling—“I love … ‚” “I’m […]

Kara Newell is a member of Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, Oregon.


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A Perspective on the Quaker Sweat Lodge

I am responding to Chuck Fager’s recent letter on Friends General Conference and the Quaker Sweat Lodge (“Finding a Way […]


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QVS 2013-2014 orientation with volunteers, staff, and board members.

Coming Alive: Discerning the Next Chapter of Quaker Service

The story behind the founding of Quaker Voluntary Service.

Christina Repoley is the founding executive director of Quaker Voluntary Service. She is a 2002 graduate of Guilford College and a 2011 graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband, Dean, and is a member of Atlanta Meeting.


Posted in: Features, January 2014: Finding a Path
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A Season for Reading and Gratitude

A good book review tells the reader what the subject is, and whether one might want to read it. A […]


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Nurturing Vital Quaker Meetings and Spirit-Filled Friends

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Friends and their Leaders

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