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Integrity and the Ultimate

How can we talk about death when we’re 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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Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good

By Chuck Collins. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016. 267 pages. $17.95/paperback or eBook. Once, when two Friends from Kenya were visiting, I had a phone call on which for some reason I said “I’m not rich.” I immediately wondered what my guests thought, and asked them “Am I rich?” It was very clear that I didn’t […]

Mary Gilbert is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), and has been active on monthly and yearly meeting committees, and on the steering committee of Quaker Earthcare Witness. Mary is married to David White, has a son, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Mary will sing at the drop of a hat.


Posted in: August 2017 Books, Books, The Art of Dying
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How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation

By Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman. Avery, 2016. 288 pages. $26/hardcover; $17.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook. “Based on our scientific evidence, I now believe that the stories found in sacred texts describing Enlightenment are real in that they are related to specific neurological events that can permanently change the structure and functioning of the brain.” How many […]

Phila Hoopes is a freelance copywriter, Reiki practitioner, and gardener with a passion for deep ecumenism and deep ecology. She is a member of Homewood Meeting in Baltimore, Md.


Posted in: August 2017 Books, Books, The Art of Dying
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Meeting at the Center: Living Love and Reconciling One with Another

By Bruce Birchard. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 442), 2016. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet. In this pamphlet, based on a 2011 plenary address to the Friends General Conference Gathering, Bruce Birchard writes of love and reconciliation through stories on three levels: personal/family, Religious Society of Friends, and in a nation that experienced genocide. Each level required a […]

Marty Grundy is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting.


Posted in: August 2017 Books, Books, The Art of Dying
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What We Cannot Do Alone

A new way of relating is breaking through our institutional numbness.

Noah Merrill is a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting, which has care and oversight of his service in ministry. He serves as secretary of New England Yearly Meeting.


Posted in: Features, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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Gospel—The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary—Jesus Spirituality for Everyone

Translated by Thomas Moore. Skylight Paths Publishing, 2016. 224 pages. $29.99/hardcover; $19.99/paperback; $19.95/eBook. The other day over lunch, I told a friend that I had been asked to review the Gospel of Matthew. He promptly snorted his soup and started laughing. “What? Are you going to say ‘It’ll never sell’?” He has a point. Even […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting, where he currently clerks Adult Education and leads occasional Bible studies. He is a graduate of the Master of Ministry program at Earlham School of Religion and secretly enjoyed his required advanced exegesis work on the Gospel According to Matthew.


Posted in: June/July 2017 Books, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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Every person deserves a chance and the right to have that chance

Student Voices: “The America I envision is an America where all people are treated equally. It is an America where no matter how you look or how you identify, you will be accepted. It is an America that is respected and valued as a country.”

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I hope you make the right decisions for our country, especially for the children like me

Student Voices: “If I were the president, I would retrain the people who have lost their jobs in the coal industry to work in the solar and wind power industry. This way you fix employment and can also help reduce climate change, two huge problems in America.”

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The world is constantly changing and progressing but without proper leadership, it will be very easy for our country to stumble

Student Voices: “After having countless conversations and doing extensive research, I am still confused about your priorities and whether you are making your executive decisions with the right intentions. I have many fears and concerns including women’s rights, climate change, equality, and more.”

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Gavin-McNair

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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