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Eleven Steps toward an Enduring World

A fiercely idealistic vision of a humanity cured of its addiction to violence and war.

Robert Dockhorn, a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., was trained as a European historian. He is a former administrator of Testimonies and Concerns programs for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and a former senior editor of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Features, February 2019
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Asylum Seekers Need Action, Not Apathy

How do we respond to the unthinkable?

Janice Pulliam is a resident of Patagonia, Ariz., and a member of Athens (Ga.) Meeting. She is also a member of Voices from the Border, a southern Arizona nonprofit, grassroots community action alliance dedicated to promoting human rights and environmental justice. Learn more at facebook.com/voicesfromtheborder.


Posted in: Features, February 2019
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Why I Got Arrested at the Border

A walk along the beach鈥攁nd an interfaith plea for the soul of a nation.

Lucy Duncan is the director of Friends Relations at American Friends Service Committee. She is a settler, currently residing on unceded Lenni Lenape territory, a storyteller, and an anti-racist activist and teacher.

This article was first published on January 16, 2019 on Friendsjournal.org. It appears in the February 2019 print issue of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Features, February 2019
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Participants at the 2018 Gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent in Philadelphia, Pa. Photo courtesy of the author.

Are We Ready to Make the Necessary Changes?

What barriers prevent a racially diverse Religious Society of Friends in the United States?

Vanessa Julye leads workshops, and speaks and writes articles on issues regarding racism. A member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, who travels under a concern for addressing racism in Quakerism with a travel minute from her meeting, Vanessa is Friends General Conference's coordinator for the Ministry on Racism, Youth, and Institutional Assessment.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Building White Racial Stamina

The primary way to develop racial stamina is to wade or dive in.

Elizabeth (Liz) A. Oppenheimer carries a concern for addressing whiteness and racism among Friends. She recently distributed an open letter to white Friends, which is on her web-log at _thegoodraisedup.blogspot.com_. She is a member of Bear Creek Meeting outside of Earlham, Iowa, and worships with Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative).


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Greater Racial Diversity Requires Greater Theological Diversity

The early Friends have much in common with today鈥檚 Black Americans.

Adria Gulizia is an attorney and member of Chatham-Summit Meeting in Chatham Township, N.J., and of the Friends of Jesus Fellowship. She enjoys helping Friends connect to our Quaker heritage, as well as exploring how God is moving within and among us. Adria blogs at shadowofbabylon.com.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Expectant Visions of a Christian Anarchist

Have Friends lost our willingness to be countercultural?

Zae Asa Illo (formerly David Breitzmann) serves on the Ministry and Oversight Committee of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting. He co-founded the weekly #FridayFoodSharing (2014), streetDoves (nonviolent, civilian-based defense training, 2017), Uplifted (a digital pacifist newsletter, 2018), and has met monthly with an oversight committee since 2016. He is in discernment for application to seminary and has finished the initial draft for his first collection of poetry.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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We Are Not John Woolman

The prophetic agitator is remembered and spoken of years later; the people that wanted them gone are forgotten today.

Gabbreell James is a lifelong Friend of color, active in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Undoing Racism Group and at her monthly meeting, Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia. She wants to help Friends be truly welcoming to all people.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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IAR Task Force members at their August 2018 meeting at Red Cedar Meeting in East Lansing, Mich. Justin Connor (top row center); Sharon Lane-Getaz (lower right).

An Interview with the Co鈥恈lerks of Institutional Assessment on Racism Task Force

Looking at Friends General Conference鈥檚 work of racial self鈥恊xamination.

Sharon Lane-Getaz attends Cannon Valley Meeting in Northfield, Minn., where she teaches at a local college; she and her wife are newly "empty nesting" as their daughter has started college. Justin Connor is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.); he is an attorney living in Washington with his family. Sharon and Justin are the co-clerks of FGC's Institutional Assessment on Racism Task Force. The interview was conducted by Friends Journal senior editor Martin Kelley.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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The Continuing Revelation of My Christianity

The diversity within Quakerism and Christianity can reveal additional windows into the Divine.

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting, a steering committee member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network, and serves on Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Peace and Social Concerns Committee. She serves as director of social action at a Catholic School in Bethesda and is a Sacred Heart Associate.


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