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Friends Journal publishes a number of online‐only feature articles. Some are timely pieces on current events that shouldn’t wait for the longer timelines of print, while others are published alongside the print edition and expand on the themes explored that month.

Emma Gonzalez speaks at the March for Our Lives. Photo: Mobilus In Mobili via Wikimedia.

Planning for a Trending #Quakers

Finding today’s lost sheep in a Twitter feed.

Josephine Posti is a member of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Meeting and helps manage Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s Facebook and Twitter platforms. She is also the newly appointed assistant clerk of the yearly meeting. Find her at @joposti.


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Civility Can Be Dangerous

In 1934, AFSC co‐founder Henry Cadbury advised Jewish rabbis to be gentler on Hitler. Is civility a substitute for morality?

Lucy Duncan is the director of Friends Relations at the American Friends Service Committee.


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Simple, Relevant, Amusing

How do you sum up your experience and share it in 5 words or less?

Kathleen Wooten is a member of Fresh Pond Meeting in Cambridge, Mass. She travels among Friends both digitally and in person, and carries a minute of travel from her meeting. Kathleen also administers social media accounts for New England Yearly Meeting. She shares about her travels at quakerkathleen.org.


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Sparking a Quakerish Epidemic

A society of Friends ought to be a natural for friendship with God.

Forrest Curo is a poet and member of San Diego (Calif.) Meeting. He ran the Aardvark Bookstore here from 1985–1998 and founded Street Light (modeled on American Friends Service Committee’s Street Spirit) in 1996. He put in a year at Pendle Hill Conference Center in 2002 in hopes of finding a spiritual handle on the intractable politics of poverty and is now retired.


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What’s the Point of a Meeting?

Liberal Friends might want to consider how we can be more engaged with our physical neighborhoods.

Mackenzie Morgan is a software engineer and a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting. She is currently serving as clerk of the meeting’s Communications Subcommittee, and as clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Advancement and Outreach Committee. She’s the editor on QuakerOutreach.com.


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Co‐curricular Learning in the Quaker and Special Collections

A look behind the scenes at Haverford Library Quaker and Special Collections.

Mary Crauderueff is the curator of the Quaker Collections at Haverford College. She grew up as a member at Radnor (Pa.) Meeting, and currently attends Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia. She loves hiking in the Wissahickon, drinking espresso, and working toward decolonizing the archives field in theory and practice.


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Escaping the Dusty Bookcase

Queries for Friends to consider as they discern how to maintain a meeting library.

Gwen Gosney Erickson is the Friends Historical Collection Librarian and College Archivist at Guilford College where she is a member of Hege Library’s leadership team. She is a member of Friendship Meeting and currently serves as clerk of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative). She lives in Greensboro, N.C.


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By Saeidpourbabak <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50351147">via Wikimedia</a>.

Are Meeting Libraries Encumbrances?

Information is coming to us in different ways than it did in the first 350 years of Quaker history.

Carol Kitchen is retired from a career in social work in varied settings. She has professional degrees in library science and social work and a doctorate in religion and society.


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Crostini with Olive Tapenade… and Tea

Friends find a tasty way to raise funds for the meeting library.

Ruthie Tippin is a recorded Friends minister. She has served in pastoral ministry in West Branch, Iowa, and most recently at First Friends Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. Now retired, Ruthie continues to serve Friends in various ways as a retreat speaker, worship leader, and encourager to meetings and their members.


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The Advantage of History: An Interview with Timothy Snyder

Friends Journal interviews the author of the best‐selling book on resisting the rise of American authoritarianism.

Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of a number of works of European history, including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. He appears regularly in both Europe and the United States as a commentator on politics and history. With the recent publication of On Tyranny, he has been engaged in public work in American civics. His next book, The Origins of Unfreedom, will be published in April 2018.

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.


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