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The Trouble With “Strangers”

Freedom isn’t anyone’s politically correct opinion.

Gerri Williams is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and has served on AFSC Nobel Peace Prize Task Group. The opinions expressed are her own. Her article “Standing for Miss Rosa” appeared in the August 2006 issue of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Features, February 2018
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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

By Richard Rothstein. Liveright, 2017. 368 pages. $27.95/hardcover; $17.95/paperback (May 2018); $26.23/eBook. The title of this fascinating analysis of racialized public policy is a double entendre that refers to  the appearance of legality for a policy or legislative act (the very implementation of which undermines human dignity and value) and which points out that U.S. […]

David Breitzmann currently serves on Ministry and Oversight Committee at San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting, where he cofounded #FridayFoodSharing and foodrev.org (a nonprofit food delivery service for the poor). He is in discernment for application to seminary for pastoral care and public policy in 2018. He is on Twitter as @BlackQuaker.


Posted in: January 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quaker Lifestyles
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Answering the Cry for Freedom

FJ Review: “It tells stories of flawed human beings, living in a different time and place, with both passion and compassion. The publisher identifies it as written for nine- to twelve-year-olds, but I loved it.”

Paul Buckley is a Quaker historian, theologian, and the author of The Essential Elias Hicks.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Quaker Bestsellers 2017

The top ten best-selling books from the 2017 FGC Gathering.

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I also dressed as you for Halloween and got 7.2 pounds of candy!

Student Voices: “I am interested in history, and I like to play sports. I am a comedian and do good impressions of people, including you, Vladimir Putin, Obama, and Hillary.”

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Friends, Peace, and Justice in Baltimore

Weekly vigils against war and for peace find a new focus for Baltimore Friends after the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

Kathryn Munnell is a member of Homewood Meeting in Baltimore, Md. She currently serves on the Peace and Justice Committee of her meeting. She has divided her career between working on peace and justice issues and teaching in public high schools in Baltimore and New York City.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Online Features
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Honoring Those Known Only to God

A group of Friends hopes to identify North American Quaker burial grounds that hold remains of African American men, women, and children.

Current committee members for Honoring Those Known Only To God are from Alaska, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. You can visit the Honoring Project’s YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/YouTubeHonoringProjUGRR or email them at [email protected].

  • Avis Wanda McClinton, Upper Dublin (Pa.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
  • Joe Coscia and Tricia Coscia, Yardley (Pa.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
  • Linda Lotz, Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Oppenheimer, Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.),  Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative.
  • Sarah Yvonne Blackburn Kehoe, Chena Ridge Friends Meeting (Fairbanks, Alaska), Alaska Friends Conference.
  • Tom Grabe, Germantown Meeting (Philadelphia, Pa.). Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

 

Update: This list has been revised to include the names and monthly and yearly affiliations of members of the committee.


Posted in: Online Features, Race and Anti-Racism
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Memorializing Friends of African Descent

A Friends meeting learns about an invisible racial history right in its own backyard.

More information about the Honoring Those Known Only to God project, including participant stories and advices about how Friends can begin this work in their local meeting or church, can be found at Friendsjournal.org/honoring-project.


Posted in: Features, Race and Anti-Racism
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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

By Carol Anderson. Bloomsbury, 2016. 256 pages. $26/hardcover; $17/paperback; $18.99/eBook. [Buy on Quakerbooks] A lot of attention has been given to black rage, which we have seen most recently in street demonstrations following police shootings of unarmed black men. Historian Carol Anderson suggests that these demonstrations are the fire, while acts coming from white rage are […]

Patience Schenck is a member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and the Annapolis Human Relations Commission.


Posted in: March 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Race and Anti-Racism
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Who Is My Neighbor?

Can we reject unacceptable actions and still find ways to touch those neighbors in pain? 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s […]

Ellie Beach lives in Hiram, Ohio.


Posted in: January 2017: Quakers in the Workplace, Viewpoint
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