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Swarthmore Hall, in North West England, organizational center of the early Friends movement. Photo Martin Kelley.

ePublishers of Truth

The shared lessons of strengthening a movement among Friends.

Kathleen Wooten is a member of Fresh Pond Meeting in Cambridge, Mass. She travels extensively among Friends with a concern for how we connect both digitally and face-to-face. She also serves New England Yearly Meeting as events coordinator and social media manager. Kathleen shares her travels and learning at quakerkathleen.wordpress.com.


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Envisioning Broader Quaker Membership

Two Friends share their stories and discuss the need for alternative models of membership.

Jennifer Swann and Emily Provance are members of the Alternate Pathways to Membership Working Group in New York Yearly Meeting under the care of the Ministry Coordinating Committee. Emily is a member of 15th Street Meeting in Manhattan. Jennifer is in the process of moving her membership from South Berkshire Meeting in Great Barrington, Mass., to Fifteenth Street Meeting.


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It Breaks My Heart

The fractured nature of the Quaker community breaks a Friend’s heart

Kate Pruitt is lab director at a small hospital in North Carolina. After farming organically for 18 years, she returned to her home state to escape the weather and find community. Connecting and exploring the Quaker way beginning in 2005 has opened up her spiritual path.


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We Need a YAF

We have a disconnect between faith and practice.

Mackenzie Morgan is a software engineer and a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting. She is currently serving as clerk of the meeting鈥檚 Communications Subcommittee, and is a member of Baltimore Yearly Meeting鈥檚 Advancement and Outreach Committee.


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Europe and Middle East Section annual meeting 2017. Photo by Kate McNally, courtesy of the author.

Membership as Commitment and Belonging

Is membership a pragmatic arrangement or a spiritual experience?

Marisa Johnson has been serving as secretary to Friends World Committee for Consultation Europe and Middle East Section since 2008, and this has given her the opportunity of seeing many forms of Quaker worship and community building. Membership is often a central theme in becoming and maintaining community.

The article is taken from thoughts from an address that Johnson gave to Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering in 2014.


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A Quaker on a Commune

A Friend finds inspiration while visiting a long-standing intentional community.

Hayley Hathaway is a Friend searching for a new home and exploring her interests in faith, economy, ecology, and radical hospitality along the way. She works for Friends Peace Teams and Quaker Earthcare Witness, and is the former director of Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City, Mexico.


Posted in: Quaker Summers, The FJ Blog
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Sweet Ol鈥 Camp Tunes

The sound of guitars, pianos, and voices of camp.

Kyle Weinman is a tenth-grader at Friends School of Baltimore. He likes soccer, chess, and documenting his exciting experiences through literature. He has been attending Echo Hill Summer Camp in Worton, Md., for the past six years.


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Remembering a Workcamp in Tennessee

A Friend recounts an AFSC workcamp in 1949.

George H. Kurz is a retired ophthalmologist who practiced in New Jersey and was a clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He also taught in Africa, Ecuador, the Philippines, and China. He and his wife, Elisabeth, live at Pennswood Village, a Quaker retirement community in Pennsylvania.


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Peace Works: A Century of Action

AFSC’s website Peace Works: Century of Action was created to gather and share stories from the past and present. Here is a small sampling of the more than 200 stories that have been contributed to date.

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The Art of Gratitude

On the FJ Blog: “A boy鈥檚 watercolor depicts a heartwarming scene created amid the misery and starvation of post-World War I Germany. The painting, part of a new exhibit entitled 鈥淕iving Voices to Ghosts,鈥 shows three women busy preparing food. Steam and presumably pleasant aromas arise from large kettles. Small containers of salz (salt) and […]

Nichole Mathews is part of an art committee at Indianapolis First Friends exploring additional ways and locations to display 鈥淕iving Voices to Ghosts.鈥 For more information, contact her at [email protected].

Daniel Lee is a member of Indianapolis First Friends.


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