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Writing Opp: What Are Quaker Values Anyway? (Due 2/5)

If there’s a Quaker brand, then “Quaker values” is its most common pitch. What do we mean when we use the term for Quaker institutions and the ministries of our meetinghouses and churches? Is it anything deeper than the “SPICES” testimonies? Submissions due February 5, 2018.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal. Contact: [email protected]


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Writing Opp: Quakers and Healing (due 1/15)

Our April 2018 issue will look at Quakers healing. I’ve always been struck by the ambivalence of early Friends on the topic. The first generation went about the British and American countrysides like a band of newly reincarnated biblical apostles, healing people they met in miraculous ways. George Fox came across a man who had […]

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal: [email protected]


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Writing Opp: Quakers and the Holy Land

In March 2018 Friends Journal is publishing an issue on religion and politics in the Middle East. We could have gone with a more neutral description of the region than “Holy Land,” but we wanted to indicate that we were interested not only in the political struggles but also in the region’s unique and sometimes […]

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal. Email: [email protected]


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New Worldwide Quaker Map Released

Friends World Committee for Consultation released a new map of worldwide Quaker population figures, its first such release since 2012.


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Reflections from St. Petersburg, Russia

Life in Russia also brings moments of unexpected warmth, goodness, and humanity. It brings people together and forms instant, deep connections.

Pola Lem is a recent graduate of Haverford College and a 2013 intern at Friends Journal. She is currently studying in Russia.


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Diplomacy Is Not a Sprint

Glen Retief’s recent letter to Friends Journal, “A Pacifist Reconsiders Military Action in Syria,” reflects the dilemma many Friends feel about our country’s role in confronting brutal violence.

Diane Randall is executive secretary for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Learn more at www.fcnl.org.


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A Pacifist Reconsiders Military Action in Syria

A foreign-born Quaker pacifist abstains from the missile strikes debate.

Glen Retief’s book The Jack Bank: A Memoir of a South African Childhood won a Lambda Literary Award. He teaches creative writing at Susquehanna University and is a member of Pennsdale (Pa.) Meeting.


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Syria As a Tipping Point

I don’t know how to create transformation on a global scale, but “let us see what love can do.”

Susan C. Hefte is a member of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Meeting.


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Process: the Good, the Poor, & Schisms

It is my experience that good Quaker process helps us unite in finding God’s path forward and in building community, while poor process or misuse can tear us apart. The most painful schisms in Quaker history—the Hicksite-Orthodox split and the Gurneyite-Wilburite split—were marked by blatant misuse of Quaker process and unloving treatment of some Friends […]

Mathilda Navias serves as recording clerk and web master for Broadmead Meeting in northwest Ohio. She serves Lake Erie Yearly Meeting as Database Manager as well as being a member of the Nominating Committee, Spiritual Formation Planning Committee, and an ad hoc committee to revise the yearly meeting’s manual of Policies & Procedures. She is clerk of the Accessible Literature Working Group, a member of the Growing Subcommittee (formerly Advancement & Outreach), and a member of Central Committee for Friends General Conference. She is also employed part-time as Yearly Meeting Worker for Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, helping with the web site, communications, and special projects. Mathilda has served as co-clerk of a monthly meeting and on numerous monthly and yearly meeting committees.


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The Peaceable Kingdom 2.0: Young Adults and Quakerism’s Future

In this post-Christendom, post-9/11 country, there is a growing inter-faith youth movement, thanks in part to the ability of new tools to enable communication and relationship. Youth from many backgrounds are represented in this movement, but not Quakers. Why? I believe it is because Friends have not successfully implemented the contemporary structures and new technologies […]

Stephen Willis Dotson is a member of Goose Creek (Va.) Meeting who carries a concern for the future of Friends. This concern manifests in a desire to nurture rising generations, to facilitate Quaker engagement with ecumenical and inter-religious work, and to help the unique gifts of Quakerism reach those who are seeking them through both traditional and emerging technologies. He is a Board member for Friends Journal.


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