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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.

This article was originally published online on May 22, 2020.

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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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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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Growing Roots from a Distance

A story of finding connection while living far away from one’s community.

Nikki Holland attends Belize Friends Church, and she’s a member at large of the New Association of Friends. She is the director of FUM’s Belize Friends Ministries and a recent graduate of Earlham School of Religion. She loves her family, reading, and laughing. Contact: [email protected].

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Drawing Circles, Not Lines

Protecting the limits of an inclusive community.

Sarah Katreen Hoggatt has authored several books including Finding Love’s Way. A writer, spiritual director, book designer, and speaker, she currently serves as co-presiding clerk of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. Sarah lives in Salem, Ore., where she loves to draw, read interesting books, and hike in the forest.

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Lapsed, Released, Let Go, Discontinued

The spiritual practice of laying down memberships.

Carolyn Hilles-Pilant is a member of Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston, Mass., along with her husband. Her professional and personal interests have taken her to live in six countries, usually nowhere near a Quaker meeting. She currently serves on the Faith and Practice Revision Committee for New England Yearly Meeting.

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With Just the Door Ajar

The freedom to go in and out.

Caroline Morris is a recent graduate of Earlham School of Religion (ESR) and the recipient of ESR's 2019 Mullen Ministry of Writing Fellowship. Contact: [email protected].

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Are You Playing Your Religion‐games by Quaker Rules?

There are many ways to participate in the Quaker tradition.

Rhiannon Grant is a member of Central England Area Meeting, worships at Bournville Meeting, and works at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham. She researches Quaker theology, philosophy, and practice. Her next book, Quakers Do What! Why?, will be published by Christian Alternative Books in July 2020. Contact: [email protected]

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Thank You for the Wrens

The power of another person’s voice coming through Zoom.

Emma Givens is a regular attender of Toronto (Ont.) Meeting. This piece was inspired by a virtual meeting for worship hosted by Pendle Hill. Emma owns a writing coaching business for women to express themselves and share their stories through blogs and memoirs. Read more of her writing at her blog, Intrepid Emma (intrepidemma.com).

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A teen navigates the uncharted territory of her first family death.

Ila Kumar lives in a small town on the Hudson River and is a junior at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Her writing was recently featured in The Lily, a publication of the Washington Post, for its “Dear future self” high school essay contest.

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