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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 [鈥

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.

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Quaker Camp: Mothers and Daughters Talk (#2)

Sarah (mother) I was not raised Quaker. It was my children鈥檚 spiritual education through Baltimore Yearly Meeting鈥檚 summer camping programs [鈥

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. [鈥

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鈥檚 faiths and religious organizations make faith鈥恇ased eating easy for their believers: Don鈥檛 eat pork. Don鈥檛 eat [鈥

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鈥恠ex and opposite鈥恠ex couples. There are [鈥

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: 鈥淢y grandmother put a little sugar in everything she cooked.鈥

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

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A Vegan Offers Three Reasons for Hope

Plant鈥恇ased lifestyles are getting easier than ever.

A member of Herndon (Va.) Meeting, Margaret Fisher is clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting鈥檚 Working Group on Right Relationship with Animals. She enjoys photographing insects while on wildlife surveys and spends much of her free time working for a native plant campaign in northern Virginia.

Posted in: Features, June/July 2019: Food Choices
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Interrupting the Family Barbecue: In Search of the Planetary Health Diet

The urgency of transforming our systems for food production.

After retiring in early 2015, Jim Ross jumped back into creative pursuits. He鈥檚 since published 75 pieces of nonfiction, several poems, and 200 photos in 80 journals in North America, Europe, and Asia. Jim and his wife鈥攑arents of two health professionals, grandparents of four toddlers鈥攁ttend Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting.

Posted in: June/July 2019: Food Choices, Online Features
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