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Laughing for the Wary

Humor can help build religious community but it can also hurt and cause division.

Howard R. Macy is retired from teaching at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. He continues to write and serve in public ministry. Two of his books treat humor and religion: Laughing Pilgrims: Humor and the Spiritual Journey and Discovering Humor in the Bible: An Explorer's Guide.

Posted in: Features, Humor in Religion
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Forum April 2019

Letters from our readers.

Posted in: Forum, Humor in Religion
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A Consideration of Metaphors

Our spiritual metaphors can help us experience the truth from different perspectives.

Rhiannon Grant works at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, UK, supporting Quaker Roles courses and the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies. She is a member of Bournville Meeting, part of Central England Area Meeting, and Britain Yearly Meeting. Her book on Quaker theology, _Telling the Truth about God_, will be published in March 2019.

Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
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Maryhelen Hintz Snyder

Snyder—Maryhelen Hintz Snyder, 85, on January 23, 2018, in Vienna, Va. Mel was born on October 6, 1932, in Brooklyn, […]

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God Sightings on the Hiking Trail

Reflection: Life is dark and life is full of light.

Bernadette Kero is a retired nurse and has been a regular attendee at Klamath Falls Friends Church in Oregon for three years. She’s a member of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and enjoys volunteering at Friends Food Pantry and hiking.

Posted in: Going Viral with Quakerism, Reflection
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Spirit?

Spirit seems to have assumed a major office among Friends.

Ann Birch is a member of El Paso (Texas) Meeting; she is an academic reference librarian, grandmother, and actor in local theater.

Posted in: Creativity and the Arts, Viewpoint
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Olivia-Dietrich

Community or Competition

I shakily stepped out of the car. I had to grip the door for support. Even though it was a […]

Olivia Dietrich, Grade 6, Sidwell Friends School

Posted in: Student Voice Project 2018, Student Voices Project, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Passages

FJ Poetry: Perhaps my death will be like Dad’s…

Marsha Foss lives in Saint Paul, Minn.

Posted in: Healing, Poetry
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solutionary-rail

Solutionary Rail: A people‐powered campaign to electrify America’s railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future

By Bill Moyer, Patrick Mazza and the Solutionary Rail Team. Backbone Campaign, 2016. 107 pages. $19.95/paperback. Many years ago, as […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting and active in New England Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Ministry Committee. She is the author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith.

Posted in: January 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quaker Lifestyles
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How Far Can We Take Thou Shalt Not Judge?

Can we examine our judgements and find reasons to understand?

Rebecca Payne is a member of Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Mich. She works for the State of Michigan. She is on the board of the Greater Lansing Peace Education Center and edits the Peace Notes newsletter.

Posted in: Online Features, September 2017
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