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Writing Opp: Creativity and the Arts (Due 3/5)

Early Friends were famously skeptical of art; modern Friends pretty much fully embrace it. Why the abrupt turnaround? What reasons might there have been for early strictures? And what cautions from early Friends might they still hold for us today? Is all art the same or is there such a thing as Quaker art? Are […]

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal[email protected]​friendsjournal.​org


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Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions

By Casey Tygrett. IVP Books, 2017. 192 pages. $16/paperback; $15.99/eBook. Got faith? Then why question? Now there’s a question, and one that Quakers may be more at home responding to than would some others. We Friends riddle our Faith and Practice with questions, elevating them to a religious art form: the query. How does Truth […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting and a graduate of the Master of Ministry program at the Earlham School of Religion. He enjoys parallel lives in Quakerism and engineering, two fields where questions are at the core of the discipline.


Posted in: February 2018, February 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Vidrine—Martha Louise Fosnacht Vidrine, 78, on June 11, 2017, at Panorama Care Center in Lacey, Wash., of cancer. Marty was born on October 15, 1938, in Rochester, Wash., to Agnes Lund and Francis Clinton Fosnacht. She grew up on the family farm, which her grandfather Andrew Lund had homesteaded. She worked in the fields, swam […]

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Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn

FJ Review: “Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn provides an engaging message and would be a welcome addition to a home, school, or meeting library.”

Vickie LeCroy is a member of Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting and teaches elementary school in Tennessee.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Wolfie and the Silver Suit

FJ Review: “This book will not only familiarize students with the history of World War II and the Holocaust but also sensitize them to the conflicts and ethnic and religious persecution happening around the world today.”

Hina Fathima worked as an editorial assistant at Friends Journal in 2014 while she was studying at Haverford College. She currently works as a multimedia journalist for The Wire in New Delhi, India.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

By Krista Tippett. Penguin Press, 2016. 288 pages. $28/hardcover; $17/paperback; $12.99/eBook. “I’m a person who listens for a living.… This book chronicles some of what I’ve learned.” These are a few of the introductory words written by someone who to many Friends may not need introduction. The voices she listens to are her conversation companions […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. He is still trying to become wiser, and now and then even succeeds.


Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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Discovering Humor in the Bible: An Explorer’s Guide

By Howard R. Macy. Cascade Books, 2016. 140 pages. $19/paperback or eBook. Quakers have a tradition dating back at least to the mid-twentieth century of writing gently comedic books. Jessamyn West filled her 1945 The Friendly Persuasion with homespun humor (think of Jess hiding the forbidden piano in his attic), and Elton Trueblood‘s 1964 The […]

Diane Reynolds is a member of Stillwater Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, and a former member of Patapsco Meeting in Ellicott City, Md.


Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, September 2017, September 2017 Books
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The Storyteller

By Evan Turk. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 48 pages. $18.99/hardcover; $4.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4–8. Occasionally a book that is marketed to young children is a treasure trove for everyone. Evan Turk’s book is a wonderful example of the power of the story. In this original tale based in Morocco, Turk has created […]

Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting and a professional storyteller. She has told stories at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting annual sessions.


Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, Quaker Summers, Young Friends Bookshelf
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The Art of Gratitude

On the FJ Blog: “A boy’s watercolor depicts a heartwarming scene created amid the misery and starvation of post-World War I Germany. The painting, part of a new exhibit entitled “Giving Voices to Ghosts,” shows three women busy preparing food. Steam and presumably pleasant aromas arise from large kettles. Small containers of salz (salt) and […]

Nichole Mathews is part of an art committee at Indianapolis First Friends exploring additional ways and locations to display “Giving Voices to Ghosts.” For more information, contact her at [email protected]​sbcglobal.​net.

Daniel Lee is a member of Indianapolis First Friends.


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Visual Ministry in Response to War

Review of PAFA’s World War I and American Art

Signe Wilkinson is an editorial cartoonist and a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.


Posted in: Arts and Culture, February 2017, Online Features
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