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12 Years a Slave: A Reflection

“White Narcissim” author Ron McDonald writes about the classic slave narrative and what it still reveals to us.

Ron McDonald is a pastoral counselor in private practice at Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting and with the Church Health Center, both in Memphis. He is an adjunct professor of pastoral care at Memphis Theological Seminary. He is also a folksinger, storyteller, and part of a contra-dance band named the EarthQuakers.


Posted in: Online Features, September 2014
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White Narcissism

Naming the present ghosts of slavery. Includes podcast and author chat video.

Ron McDonald is a pastoral counselor in private practice at Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting and with the Church Health Center, both in Memphis. He is an adjunct professor of pastoral care at Memphis Theological Seminary. He is also a folksinger, storyteller, and part of a contra-dance band named the EarthQuakers.


Posted in: Features, September 2014
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Interview with Ron McDonald, author of This Age of Insecurity

Our quiet pause can counteract a collective obsession with fights and power.

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Forum February 2015

Letters from our readers. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please […]

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Reflections and a Welcome

When we published Anne Barschall’s “On Marriage and Divorce—With a Proposition Bound to be Controversial” in June, we suspected it […]


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This Age of Insecurity

Our quiet pause can counteract a collective obsession with fights and power.

Ron McDonald is a member of Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting, frequent writer for Friends Journal, pastoral counselor, musician, and storyteller.


Posted in: Features, January 2016: Quakers and the Political Process
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Building the Marriage Sanctuary

Charles Dickens began A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” […]

Ron McDonald, a member of Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting, is a pastoral counselor.


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Fighting over Money

Have you noticed that most fights involve triangles—two people or groups and a sticky issue? The sticky issue is often […]

Ron McDonald, a member of Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting, is a pastoral counselor and the author of a new book, The Spirituality of Community Life: When We Come ‘Round Right.


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Meeting for Business for Community

In psychotherapy there is a technique we call “paradoxical intervention.” It’s what we do when we tell a two-year-old who […]

Ron McDonald, a member of Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting, is a pastoral counselor, folksinger, and storyteller. His book, The Spirituality of Community Life: When We Come ‘Round Right, is expected to appear in March 2006.


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Reflections on the Purpose of Marriage

For the last 40 years, marriages have been in trouble. Half of them end in divorce. Abuse is common. Disturbed […]

Ron McDonald, a member of Memphis (Tenn.) Meeting, is a pastoral counselor, folksinger, storyteller, and writer.


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