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Reducing Violence from Within

A minute by a group of men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

Sing Sing Worship Group has been meeting continuously each Sunday since 1987. It is also attended by Friends from monthly meetings in Purchase Quarter of New York Yearly Meeting. The following individuals contributed to the writing of this minute: Chaymarl Cormier, Frank Jackson, Kenneth Cole, Khary Bekka, Marvin Wade, Mulumba Kazigo, Nahshon Jackson, Robert Rose, Sayyed Bashar, Stephen Brathwaite, Steven Thomas, and Ti’Quan Davis.


Posted in: December 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty, Features
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Singing among FGC Friends

Quaker disciplines in the mid-19th century criticized instrumental and choral music as frivolous, “worldly” recreation that led Friends away from […]

Peter Blood-Patterson teaches Bible and Quakerism at Westtown School. He and his wife Anne have traveled extensively in the ministry under a concern for the movement of the spirit through music under minutes from Middletown Meeting in Lima, Pennsylvania. © 2002 Peter Blood


Posted in: Features
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Kickapoo Valley Young Friends Choir

Hanna: The Kickapoo Valley Young Friends Choir was started during a now-annual First-day school fundraiser for a school in El […]


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Singing “Lord of the Dance?”: Reflections on Anti- Semitism and Loving One Another

An old controversy among Friends resurfaced this summer on the online Quaker Outreach Forum on Yahoo Groups. One member posted […]

Steve Chase is a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting and serves on Friends General Conference’s national Quaker Quest Traveling Team.
Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta is a member of Vancouver (B.C.) Meeting and the Ahavat Olam synagogue. She is an associate member (for Israel/ Palestine concerns) of Canadian Friends Service Committee.
Janet Minshall is a member and former clerk of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and has served as co-editor of Friendly Woman magazine.
Free Polazzo is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting, has served as assistant and recording clerk for Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association, and is currently serving on its Faith and Practice Revision and Outreach committees. He was born in Naples, Italy before the end of World War II and was raised as a Jew.
Joy Weaver, who grew up Jewish, has been a member of the Religious Society of Friends since 1969. She is a member and co-clerk of Conscience Bay Meeting in St. James, N.Y. She is the former publisher of the Old Foundations newsletter.


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Worshiping Online

An experiment with online programmed meeting for worship.

Rachel Guaraldi is an interfaith hospital chaplain, Quaker minister, and spiritual director. As a lifelong Quaker and member of Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston, Mass., Rachel has facilitated dialogue among Quaker, ecumenical, and interfaith communities for over a decade. To join and participate in the online programmed meeting for worship, please visit rachelguaraldi​.com/​p​mfw.


Posted in: Features, June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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Bringing Children to Worship: Trusting God to Take Over from There

Children in Quaker meeting for worship.

Kathleen Karhnak-Glasby is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She has a long-standing concern for nurturing children’s religious and spiritual lives and carries a minute of religious service from her monthly meeting for this concern.


Posted in: August 2013: Parenting, Features
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Blessed Are the Artists

An intergenerational gathering of artists.

Maggie Nelson is a visual artist, youth worker, and attender of Portland (Maine) Meeting. She currently works as the interim Young Friends Coördinator for New England Yearly Meeting and was a long-time staff member at Friends Camp. She is called to work at the intersection of art and faith.


Posted in: Creativity and the Arts, Features
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What People Really Want from Church and Quaker Meeting

Looking at successful church growth models for ideas to grow our fellowship.

Donald W. McCormick, [email protected]​gmail.​com, is a member of Grass Valley Meeting in Nevada City, Calif. He is director of education for Unified Mindfulness, a company that trains mindfulness teachers. The senior editor of Friends Journal described his February article, “Can Quakerism Survive?,” as “the most talked about article in recent history.”


Posted in: Features, Going Viral with Quakerism
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A Tribute to the Gathering — And to My Father

Nine years ago, my father and I drove from our home in Philadelphia to the 2000 Friends General Conference Gathering […]

Carl Sigmond, a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., is a first-year student at Haverford College. This past summer he interned at Friends Journal. He can be reached through his website, http://​www​.carlsigmond​.com.


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Friends and Family of Those with Mental Health Concerns

A Quaker meeting brings together a support group for mental health concerns.

Alice Carlton is a semi-retired clinical social worker with 40 years experience, now following a leading to write. A member of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Meeting, she enjoys singing with Voices, a 130-voice chorus that performs in Chapel Hill.


Posted in: Features, May 2014: Mental Health and Wellness
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