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Death and Dying: A Personal Adventure

Death Caf茅s give people a place to share stories, confide their fears, and ask questions.

Alison Moore is a professional Life-Cycle Celebrant and partner in Oomph! Consulting, providing nonprofit management expertise. She is clerk of Interior British Columbia Meeting. Alison grows organic stone fruits and vegetables on Ravens View Farm in Peachland, B.C., where she moved with her husband after George W. Bush was reelected.


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A Quaker Approach to Living with Dying

Does the Quaker way of life have answers to death?

Katherine Jaramillo is a staff chaplain at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, Ore. She has worked in healthcare chaplaincy for 20 years. She is a member of Bridge City Meeting in Portland.


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Integrity and the Ultimate

How can we talk about death when we鈥檙e so vibrantly alive?

Susann Estle is a chaplain at the Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, Ind.; a PRN chaplain at Hendricks Regional Health Hospital; and a part-time pastor at Hopewell Friends Church in Dana, Ind. She is mother to Case and Chloe.


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Beauty; Beauty Everywhere

The sound of machines, monitors and people in the hallway evaporated; t felt like being at meeting when the gathered center down.

Geoff Knowlton grew up Quaker and was later ordained in the United Church of Christ. He returned to the Friends and joined Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. He worked for a small hospice in New Hampshire and is currently a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and attachment related disorders.


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Swarthmore Hall, in North West England, organizational center of the early Friends movement. Photo Martin Kelley.

ePublishers of Truth

The shared lessons of strengthening a movement among Friends.

Kathleen Wooten is a member of Fresh Pond Meeting in Cambridge, Mass. She travels extensively among Friends with a concern for how we connect both digitally and face-to-face. She also serves New England Yearly Meeting as events coordinator and social media manager. Kathleen shares her travels and learning at quakerkathleen.wordpress.com.


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Envisioning Broader Quaker Membership

Jennifer Swann and Emily Provance share their stories and discuss the need for alternative models of membership.

Jennifer Swann and Emily Provance are members of the Alternate Pathways to Membership Working Group in New York Yearly Meeting under the care of the Ministry Coordinating Committee. Emily is a member of Fifteenth Street Meeting in Manhattan. Jennifer is in the process of moving her membership from South Berkshire Meeting in Great Barrington, Mass., to Fifteenth Street Meeting.


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It Breaks My Heart

The fractured nature of the Quaker community breaks a Friend’s heart

Kate Pruitt is lab director at a small hospital in North Carolina. After farming organically for 18 years, she returned to her home state to escape the weather and find community. Connecting and exploring the Quaker way beginning in 2005 has opened up her spiritual path.


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We Need a YAF

We have a disconnect between faith and practice.

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


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Membership as Commitment and Belonging

Is membership a pragmatic arrangement or a spiritual experience?

Marisa Johnson has been serving as secretary to Friends World Committee for Consultation Europe and Middle East Section since 2008, and this has given her the opportunity of seeing many forms of Quaker worship and community building. Membership is often a central theme in becoming and maintaining community.

The article is taken from thoughts from an address that Johnson gave to Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering in 2014.


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A Quaker on a Commune

A Friend finds inspiration while visiting a long-standing intentional community.

Hayley Hathaway is a Friend searching for a new home and exploring her interests in faith, economy, ecology, and radical hospitality along the way. She works for Friends Peace Teams and Quaker Earthcare Witness, and is the former director of Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City, Mexico.


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