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What Once Was Can Be Again

Working on a shared vision of equality and a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Sandy Rea is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. He has lived for three separate years in the Middle East and visited a number of other times. He serves as clerk of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Middle East Collaborative.

Posted in: Features, Quakers and the Holy Land
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Michael Allen Moore

Moore—Michael Allen Moore, 70, on December 24, 2017, in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Michael was born on December 3, 1946, in Seattle, Wash., and grew up on an apple orchard in Wenatchee, Wash., with his parents, Mildred and Roy Moore, two brothers, and a sister. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s in […]

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Ann Cotton Levinger

Levinger—Ann Cotton Levinger, 86, on June 21, 2017, in Amherst, Mass., with her family around her, serenaded by her husband, George, singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” Ann was born on January 21, 1931, in Laurel, Miss., to Marjorie and William Cotton. In the Jim Crow South, she learned to treat others with empathy and […]

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Maria Barbara Lenz Ladd

Ladd—Maria Barbara Lenz Ladd, 91, of Friends House in Sandy Spring, Md., on June 28, 2017. Maria was born on December 3, 1925, in Wittkow, Pomerania, Germany (now Witankowo, Poland). In 1945, she was the last to leave her family’s seed potato farm, where her parents, Martha Brose and Anton Lenz, had predeceased their nine […]

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Anne Foulke

Foulke—Anne Foulke, 90, on June 1, 2016, peacefully, in her sleep at Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community in Danville, Pa. Anne, whose Quaker ancestors can be traced to seventeenth-century Wales, was born on April 30, 1926, at Osteopathic Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., to Eliza Ambler and Thomas Foulke. After graduating from Ambler High School, she […]

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Harry Groff Lefever

Lefever—Harry Groff Lefever, 85, longtime resident of Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood, on February 3, 2017, at home in Athens, Ga. Harry was born on December 7, 1931, in Lancaster, Pa., where he grew up with Quaker neighbors. He studied at Lancaster Mennonite High School before earning a bachelor’s from Eastern Mennonite University (then Eastern Mennonite […]

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Conscientious Objection: Is This for You? Discerning a Claim and Documenting It with Selective Service

By Curt Torell. Quaker House of Fayetteville, N.C., 2016. 209 pages. $15/paperback. This book is a niche book, but Quaker meetings and schools make up a large part of its niche. It is a “teacher’s resource guide” to help young people create documentation for a conscientious objection application for a military draft. One concept that […]

J. E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and as an attorney a longtime supporter of those who say no to war. She spent 11 years as the executive director of the Center on Conscience & War. She’s trained hundreds of Quaker, Mennonite, Brethren, Unitarian, and other youth in writing a conscientious objector file.

Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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Careen Marie Rizzo Mayer

Mayer—Careen Marie Rizzo Mayer, 77, on February 27, 2017, at her home in Annapolis, Md., of natural causes. Careen was born on April 28, 1939, in Summit, N.J., to Edythe Ayrault and Henrique Luis Rizzo. Growing up in New Jersey, Florida, and Brazil, she earned a bachelor’s in psychology from University of Maryland in 1975. […]

Posted in: Conscience, Milestones
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Stephen Allen Hawk

Hawk—Stephen Allen Hawk, 73, on March 10, 2017, in Chicago, Ill., after a long illness. Steve was born on July 20, 1943, in Richmond, Ind., to Helen Louise Gluys and David Carlton Hawk. Over the course of his childhood he lived in Indiana, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. He received a bachelor’s from […]

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Among Friends: Happy Birthday, AFSC

Our introduction to the issue celebrating 100 years of the American Friends Service Committee.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal.

Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Among Friends
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