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Never Having Set Foot in the Meetinghouse

When the meetinghouse is on the other side of state prison walls.

Yohannes "Knowledge" Johnson is a member of Bulls Head-Oswego (N.Y.) Meeting and is clerk of Green Haven Preparative Meeting. He was born and raised in Harlem, N.Y. He has been in prison since 1980 and is currently working on a petition in support of executive clemency in New York State.


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What Does the Outside Say?

The literal surroundings of our meetinghouses can be a public statement of our values and beliefs.

Brad Stocker served on Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College for 22 years. He has a post-doctoral certificate in ecology and human spirit. Brad creates and facilitates earth literacy workshops. He is a member of Miami (Fla.) Meeting, co-clerk of Southeastern Yearly Meeting's Earthcare Committee, and a representative to Quaker Earthcare Witness.


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Timothy Ferris III (TJ), 20. Heroin addiction. Active user.

Faces of Addiction

A project to make compassion possible.

Eric K. Hatch is a writer, photographer, artist, musician, and get-it-done creative; he can be contacted at [email protected]. A companion book, Faces of Addition, will be available at facesofaddiction.net.


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Faith Action Climate Team prepares to march. 漏 Abby Brockway.

Faithful Action on Climate Change

Turning Quaker concerns into mass movements.

Lynn Fitz-Hugh is a mother, a climate activist, and a psychotherapist. She is a member of Olympia (Wash.) Meeting. She was the founder of 350Seattle.org, and is the cofounder of Faith Action Climate Team.


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Monthly worship along Fresh Pond Parkway in front of Raytheon in Cambridge, Mass. The author is seen standing. 漏 Skip Schiel.

Experiments with Worship

Quaker worship takes to the streets.

Elizabeth Claggett-Borne enjoys biking to work, accompanying a family in sanctuary, and trying not to fidget in worship. She is grateful to be a part of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.). She teaches Exploring the Quaker Way, laughs at her hubris, and travels in the ministry.


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Unite the Right 2 counter-demonstrators at Freedom Plaza on E at 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., on August 12. 2018. 漏 Elvert Barnes / flickr.com

Holding Unite the Right to the Light

Holding a public meeting for worship in a maelstrom of political anger.

Debby Churchman is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and served as its administrative secretary at the time of this event.


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Burial marker for George Fox in Bunhill Fields, first placed in 1881 then moved in 1952 to the meetinghouse garden wall. "11 Month 1690" is January 1691 in the modern calendar. 漏 Matt Brown, flickr.com/londonmatt

Fox Hunt

A trek to the semi鈥恌orgotten gravesite of George Fox.

Cameron McWhirter is a journalist and the author of Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America. He is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and previously served on the board of trustees for Friends Publishing Corporation, publisher of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Features, February 2019
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Surprised by Joy

A family tragedy unleashes a flood of unexpected emotions and lessons.

Kat Griffith is a member of Winnebago Worship Group in east central Wisconsin, a high school teacher, and former homeschooler. She has previously written for Friends Journal about Northern Yearly Meeting's relationship with Salvadoran Friends and "Conversations from the Heartland," a series of discussions with conservative Christian homeschooling friends.

An earlier version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of What Canst Thou Say?


Posted in: Features, February 2019
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Bearing False Witness

Sometimes people aren鈥檛 who they seem.

Andrew Huff served with Quaker Voluntary Service in Boston, Mass., in 2015鈥16. He attends Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. Names and details have been altered for privacy.


Posted in: Features, February 2019
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Intermountain Yearly Meeting attendees during the keynote discussion. Photo 漏 Mary Klein.

Paying as Led

The experiment with abundance continues.

Molly Wingate is a member of Colorado Springs (Colo.) Meeting and clerk of Intermountain Yearly Meeting. She taught writing for many years in a variety of settings. She founded and directs Poetry Heals, a nonprofit that teaches therapeutic poetry writing to people living difficult lives, especially teens, veterans, and homeless.


Posted in: Features, February 2019
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