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Being a Friendly Adult Presence in the Lives of Young Friends: What Would Tom Fox Do?

My 15‐year‐old son Jonathan dragged his tired body in the door, trailing his sleeping bag and pillow, exhausted but with […]

Peggy O'Neill is a member of Richmond (Va.) Meeting and a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she directs educational programs about preventing abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. She also teaches Sacred Dance and designs jewelry. In 1999, Peggy felt a strong leading to serve Young Friends and has since been Religious Education coordinator as well as a regular Friendly Adult Presence and workshop leader for Young Friends throughout Baltimore Yearly Meeting and at the Friends General Conference Gathering.

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A Beautiful Sign for Making Change

A town comes up with a creative way to address violence against women.

Mary Ann Petersen has been attending Quaker meetings for nearly 15 years, and currently attends Eugene (Ore.) Meeting. She practices Chinese medicine and writes about acupuncture, plants, and anything else she finds interesting. She also likes photography and can be found as bunkytown on Instagram, and @Bunkymap on Twitter.

Posted in: Features, September 2014
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Healing the Wounds of Patriarchy, One Woman at a Time

It’s day four of the Friends General Conference Gathering workshop for high school women, “Honoring That of Goddess Within.” Twelve […]

Peggy O'Neill is a longtime member of Richmond (Virgina) Friends Meeting and an active volunteer at Baltimore Yearly Meeting Young Friends gatherings. She regularly leads Sacred Circle Dances and workshops on the Sacred Feminine, and sees her ministry as restoring the balance between the masculine and feminine in our world. She is a founding member of a Quaker intentional community in Ashland, Virginia.

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Sleeping with Margaret Fell: A Pilgrimage to 1652 Quaker Country

A pilgrimage to the “1652 Country” retraces the footsteps of early Quaker women.

Maggie O’Neill (formerly known as Peggy) is a longtime member of Richmond (Va.) Meeting and the mother of two sons, Coleman and Jonathan (Jon) Watts. She leads Sacred Circle Dances and workshops on the sacred feminine. Maggie and her husband, Al Watts, are founding members of Ashland Vineyards, a Quaker-based intentional community. She recently retired from teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Posted in: December 2014, Features
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Quaker Women in Ministry

Two summers ago, at the Friends General Conference Gathering, Peggy O’Neill contacted then Senior Editor Bob Dockhorn and me to […]

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Why High School Sucked and How Young Friends Saved My Life

Shortly after graduating from high school I read an article stating that the reason adolescents place so much emphasis on […]

Jon Watts, a member of Richmond (Va.) Meeting, is 24 years old. He attended Shiloh, Catoctin, and Teen Adventure camps in the Baltimore Yearly Meeting camping program. He has been the Kenneth Carol Quaker Studies and Biblical Scholar at Pendle Hill for '06-'07 after graduating from Guilford College and the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program. In his year at Pendle Hill, he has recorded an album and participated in forming a Quaker-based record label. For more information, visit http://www.bullandmouthrecords.com.

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