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Wanted: A Network of Soul Connection

How do we build faith communities where we really know one another?

Francine Brocious attends Schuylkill Meeting in Phoenixville, Pa. Her interests include singing, psychology, spirituality, dance, improv, lifelong learning, and sharing her voice through writing. She cherishes and seeks more authentic, repeated human connections; deep talks; and spontaneous expressions of laughter, play, and joy. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Facing Hard Truths

What can Friends learn from the hospice movement?

Robin Mohr is happily married with two young adult children. She currently serves on the property committee of her monthly meeting and as executive secretary for Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas. This article is based on her personal leading and does not reflect an official position of FWCC.

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Quaker Schools Transforming the World

Friends schools face the challenges of societal changes.

Deborra Sines Pancoe is Friends Council on Education’s associate director and a member of Abington (Pa.) Meeting. Elisabeth Torg is director of development and communications for Friends Council on Education, a kindred spirit of Quakers, and a parent of two Friends school graduates.

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Advancing Quaker Spirituality in the Twenty‐first Century

Preparing for the future of the 100‐year‐old FGC Gathering.

Barry Crossno became the general secretary of Friend General Conference in 2011. He joined Friends in Taos, New Mexico, and now lives in Philadelphia with his wife Beth and their eleven-month-old son, Auden. He recently co-authored Pendle Hill Pamphlet No. 460 with J. Brent Bill titled On Vocal Ministry. Email: [email protected].

 

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Thou Shalt Wear Comfy Shoes

Do our attitudes toward formal dress push people out the door?

Suzanne W. Cole Sullivan is a convinced Friend who lives and worships in Georgia (mostly), but they can often be spotted at meetings around the country during weekend adventures. Suzanne carries a concern for hospitality and a culture of welcoming. Suzanne is often heard before they are seen.

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In Defense of Blue Kool‐Aid

An exploration of food culture among Friends.

Kat Griffith is a former teacher and homeschooler and a current writer and volunteer in a variety of environmental and child-related endeavors. A member of the Winnebago Worship Group (Wis.) and Northern Yearly Meeting, she loves to cook, feed people, and be fed! Email: [email protected].

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The Next Testimony

Can Friends model a new kind of Christian governance?

Andrew Huff served with Quaker Voluntary Service in Boston, Mass., in 2015–16. He attends Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.

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How to Be an Inclusive Quaker

The unwritten norms of speech and silence.

Valerie Brown is a Buddhist and Quaker teacher, retreat leader, leadership coach, and writer. She is the founder of Lead Smart Coaching. She leads an annual pilgrimage to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain to celebrate the power of sacred places.

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Uncertainty, an Unnamed Quaker Creed?

Moving beyond belief in the “absolute perhaps.”

Rhiannon Grant is a member of Bournville meeting in Birmingham, UK, and works at Woodbrooke, the Quaker center. Her book on Quaker theology, Telling the Truth about God, came out last year, and her introduction to Quakerism, Quakers Do What! Why? will appear in July 2020. Email: [email protected].

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When Is a Creed Not a Creed?

Revisiting that of God in every man.

Ann Birch is a member of El Paso (Tex.) Meeting, where she is currently the clerk. She is a librarian, a grandmother, and active in local theater.

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