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The Importance of Noise During Silent Worship

Sometimes we need the buses, dogs, and loud neighbors to enter the deepest silence of the meetinghouse.

Ben Handy is a member of Frankford Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He has a boring job and a lovely family. He mostly spends his free time trying to figure out where he put his glasses, and why he can never seem to get anything done.

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In Which Today’s To‐dos Become Ta‐dahs!

A Friend’s attention to prayer life brings an easy order to life’s juggles.

A member of the Winnebago Worship Group in Wisconsin, Kat Griffith is a former teacher, homeschooler, sustainable agriculture activist, and environmental educator. She is currently active in several Friends organizations, serves as an interpreter, and works on various social justice issues.

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Scenes from a Meetinghouse

The spirituality of doorknobs and staircases.

Gunilla Norris writes contemplative books on the spirituality of the everyday. More of her writings can be found at gunillanorris.com.

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A Quaker Response to Gun Violence

A ministry born of family tragedy.

Peter Murchison is a member of Wilton (Conn.) Meeting, where he currently serves as clerk of the Ministry and Oversight Committee. He has been active around the issue of gun violence since the shooting at Sandy Hook where his nephew Daniel Barden was killed in his classroom. Contact him at [email protected].

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The Land Remembers: Connecting with Native People through the Land

Connecting with Native peoples through the land.

Paula Palmer is a member of Boulder (Colo.) Meeting. Her ministry, Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, is under the care and administration of Friends Peace Teams (friendspeaceteams.org/trr). Her workshops explore painful truths about U.S. and Quaker history and create opportunities for individuals, meetings, and communities to take steps toward right relationship.

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I Think I Understand Now

Watching someone’s drug use spiral out of control.

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

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Drugs and the Practice of Spiritual Discernment

When can drugs bring us closer to God?

Joe McHugh lives in Minnesota, writes frequently for a variety of publications, and his book, Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places, was published in 2013. He has served in interim leadership positions at Friends School of Minnesota and Carolina Friends School.

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Supporting Recovery among Friends

What keeps us from helping fellow Friends with drug addictions?

Johanna Jackson is a young adult Friend, and a member of State College (Pa.) Meeting. She is a recent graduate of the School of the Spirit's "On Being a Spiritual Nurturer" program, class of 2019. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Confronting the Challenge of Drugs

How can we respond to the catastrophes brought on by the war on drugs?

Eric E. Sterling is executive director of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation in Silver Spring, Md. He is co-clerk of the Ministry and Worship Committee of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting and a graduate of Haverford College.

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The Cass Corridor neighborhoods on the west end of Midtown Detroit, Michigan, 1990s. Photos © Michael Brozovic, Detroit, Mich.

The Liturgy of Me

The rhythms of a life stuck in a daily cycle of brokenness and violence.

r. scot miller attends Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Mich., with his spouse, Jenn, and their family. He holds graduate degrees from Earlham School of Religion (MA and MDiv) and Grand Valley State University (MSW). He is currently a PhD student at Chicago Theological Seminary.

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