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Spiritual Practices for the Pandemic

An offering of ways to stay grounded during anxious times.

Mathilda Navias is currently updating and expanding her book, Quaker Process for Friends on the Benches. She has recently retired to Rochester, N.Y., from Ohio, where she is a member of Broadmead Meeting. Contact: [email protected].

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An Awkward Pause

A Friend is led to visit the meetinghouse grounds during isolation.

Debbie B. Ramsey is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md., clerk of Ministry and Counsel, and former co-clerk of its Baltimore Peace and Justice Committee. A former Baltimore police detective, she is also the founder of Unified Efforts, Inc., which offers out-of-school programs for youth in Baltimore's Penn-North community.

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Transcending Geography

Reinventing Pendle Hill’s morning worship.

Francisco Burgos is the incoming executive director of Pendle Hill. Traci Hjelt Sullivan is the interim executive director of Pendle Hill. They were interviewed by Friends Journal’s senior editor, Martin Kelley.

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A Quaker Retirement Community Faces the Pandemic

Creativity and service flowers under quarantine.

Nancy Thomas lives with her husband, Hal, in Friendsview, a retirement community in Newberg, Ore. They’ve served in Bolivia many years as Friends Serving Abroad. She is a poet, the poetry editor of Friends Journal, and a member of North Valley Friends Church in Newberg.

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Worshiping Online with Friends

Lessons from digitally connected Friends.

Katie Breslin is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and is currently sojourning at West Richmond (Ind.) Meeting. She is a first-year student at Earlham School of Religion. Before moving to Richmond, Katie was the young adult program manager at Friends Committee on National Legislation. You can follow her on Twitter at @katiebreslin.

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Communing Together Virtually

An opportunity to make Quaker communion more accessible.

Greg Woods (he/him) is a lifelong Quaker who currently serves as the youth ministries and education coordinator at Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.). Greg resides with his wife, daughter, and their cat in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Mass.

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God in the ATM

Grace extended in the most unlikely of places.

Kat Griffith is a writer, activist, and former teacher and homeschooler. She is a member of the Winnebago Worship Group in east-central Wisconsin. She wants you to know that the goddess of safety would have won out today: grace in the time of coronavirus will surely find vehicles other than unwrapped chocolate donuts!

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Two Meditations on the Intrusion of the Divine into My Daily Life

When the bounds of self, other, life, and death dissolve.

John Andrew Gallery is a member of Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Pa.), which meets at the historic Arch Street Meeting House. More information about John and his spiritual writing is available at johnandrewgallery.com.

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A Parallel Universe

Finding the place where deep hunger can be met by deep joy.

Jennifer Kavanagh is a speaker, teacher, and writer on the Spirit-led life and has published 11 books. This article is excerpted and adapted from The World Is Our Cloister. She is an associate tutor at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and a member of Westminster Meeting in London, UK. Her website is jenniferkavanagh.co.uk.

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Channeling Agape for Those on Their Final Journey

The power of using our pain in service to others.

Diane D’Angelo is a hospice chaplain endorsed by Mountain View Meeting in Denver, Colo., where she is a grateful member. Contact: [email protected].

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