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Building Community, One Meal at a Time

My family and I eat locally grown food three meals a day, every day. My neighbor and her family do […]

Virginia Lockett is a member of Virginia Beach (Va.) Meeting. She currently resides in Da Nang, Vietnam, where she is the founder and president of the charitable organization Steady Footsteps, Inc. (see http://​www​.steadyfootsteps​.org).


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Milestones December 2014

Births, deaths, and celebrations. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please […]

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Quaker Camp: Mothers and Daughters Talk (#2)

Sarah (mother) I was not raised Quaker. It was my children’s spiritual education through Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s summer camping programs […]

Sarah Pleydell, the mother, a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.), is a writer, educator, and performer. A novel excerpt of hers will appear in the forthcoming Electric Grace: An Anthology of Washington Women Writers. Ellie Walton, the daughter, attends Friends House Meeting in London, England. She is a documentary filmmaker and community educator.


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The Best Thanksgiving of All

When I was living at home, and even as a college student, Thanksgiving was pretty much a bore to me. […]

Elisabeth Leonard is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She was at Pendle Hill from 1980 to 1995. She writes: “I am dedicated to awakening and fulfilling our testimonies of Peace and Justice all the while building community with activist groups both within and without Friends circles. Very early on I discovered that time spent in the Pendle Hill kitchen on various assignments brought many rewards: the social and collaborative aspects of cooking puts the participants on a ‘level playing field’; we are all creating together and becoming experienced in culinary matters as well as getting acquainted with each other. Our productions are never quite the same but give us a sense that they will contribute to the health and satisfaction of most who try them. This is a good start for building a strong and energetic group of people willing and able to envision a world where the needs of all are met.”


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Applying Quaker Thought to Food

Many of the world’s faiths and religious organizations make faith-based eating easy for their believers: Don’t eat pork. Don’t eat […]

Shaun Chavis, a member of Birmingham (Ala.) Meeting, specializes in food journalism. She is an associate editor for Health magazine.


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Meeting Stressors

Nine dynamics that challenge our worship communities.

A member of Chatham-Summit (N.J.) Meeting and former clerk of New York Yearly Meeting, Heather M. Cook’s work as a certified professional life coach beautifully marries her faith and gifts to support others in transforming their lives. She loves learning from her children, birding, and being with her beloved.


Posted in: April 2013: Conflict and Eldering, Features
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Differences along the Path towards Equal Marriage

When seeking inclusivity in marriage minutes, it is tempting to focus on similarities between same-sex and opposite-sex couples. There are […]

Annika Fjelstad lives with her spouse, Heather Ferguson, and their two elementary-school-age children. They have spent the past two years as sojourning members of Monteverde Meeting, Costa Rica, where Annika serves as director of Monteverde Friends School.


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Measuring Joy

Poetry: “My grandmother put a little sugar in everything she cooked.”

Michael S. Glaser lives in St. Mary’s City, Md.


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Seeing Truth

FJ Poetry: “It’s true, things stick…” 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this […]

Heather Heath Reed lives in Westport, Mass.


Posted in: Poetry, September 2017
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Nozuko’s Story

Fall 1999, Singisi, South Africa It’s an ordinary autumn day. The chilling wind announces the impending arrival of winter, snapping […]

Susan Winters Cook is a former member of Mullica Hill (N.J.) Meeting. From 1981 to 1997 she was a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Daily News. She traveled to South Africa several times between 1988 and 1994 on her own, partially funded by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, to document Quaker development and empowerment activities as a response to apartheid and then during the intense time of transition from apartheid to democracy. She began documenting the HIV/AIDS situation in 1995, then returned to South Africa in 1997 permanently. She started a provincial-based AIDS education periodical Ubomi (Xhosa for “Life”) in 1997 out of a realization that “the people who needed the information the most were those most at risk—and that was the rural poor.” She writes: “The real tragedy of AIDS in South Africa for me was, having seen what the parents endured and sacrificed to ensure a better future for their children, to discover that many of those young people would not live to accept that gift of freedom.”


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