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Among Friends: Venturing Outside Our Comfort Zones

An introduction to the February 2017 issue.

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of聽Friends Journal.


Posted in: Among Friends, February 2017
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Seven Tasks to Heal the World

Simple actions each of us can take to heal our hearts and the hearts of others.

Michael Soika has spent the past 30 years working on issues of social and economic justice, such as affordable housing, homelessness, welfare reform, and education. He is a lifelong spiritual seeker and new member of Milwaukee (Wisc.) Meeting.


Posted in: Features, February 2017
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Enlarging Our Circle of Love

By Margaret Fisher. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 440), 2016. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet. A physician, organic gardener, and member of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Margaret Fisher loves to sing. With Enlarging Our Circle of Love she hits the right notes in her hymn to veganism. Fisher speaks to my condition because, unlike die-hard vegans who have no […]

Carl Blumenthal is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting. He was a culture critic at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle for 20 years. Food was one of his beats.


Posted in: Books, February 2017, February 2017 Books
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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聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 […]

Ellie Beach聽lives in聽Hiram, Ohio.


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

Letters from our readers. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library of Quaker聽information: every聽Friends Journal ever published, going back […]

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Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

By Joseph Romm. Oxford University Press, 2015. 328 pages. $16.95/paperback; $10.99/eBook. Based on our agreement with climate scientists that global warming is real, human-caused, and dangerous, Friends are beginning to address the problem constructively. In his book Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, Joseph Romm, an MIT-educated physicist, provides a resource for that effort. […]

Philip Favero is a former agricultural economist at Michigan State and South Dakota State Universities and at the University of Maryland. In 2014 he cofounded the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, which stems from Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and is dedicated to advocacy and education about climate change (see聽csgannapolis.org).


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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Religious Responses to Violence: Human Rights in Latin America Past and Present

Edited by Alexander Wilde. University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. 498 pages. $49/paperback; $7/30-day eBook. During many years as a researcher in and on Brazil, I met hundreds of human rights activists鈥攑riests, nuns, Catholic and Protestant laypeople, lawyers, urban and rural poor people, trade unionists, and indigenous people鈥攚ho found themselves caught up in a struggle […]

Linda Rabben is the author of Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History. An associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland, she attends Adelphi (Md.) Meeting.


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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Giving from a Peaceful Place

Finding a balance in our work.

Lisa Smith runs a nonprofit in Washington state that serves seven counties. She brings 30 years of experience with legal, economic development, academic, environmental, tribal, and nonprofit partners. Her research has been published in Consumer Reports, Scholastic magazine, and the American Journal of Public Health. She attends Olympia (Wash.) Meeting.


Posted in: Features, Giving and Philanthropy
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The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game

By Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya. Albert Whitman & Company, 2016. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $6.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 5鈥8. Everyone鈥攆athers and mothers, sons and daughters鈥攈as moments of defeat practically daily, whether small ones, large ones, or mid-size. But, to draw a metaphor from our national pastime of baseball, we just 鈥渒eep on slogging鈥! What […]

James Foritano attends Cambridge (Mass.) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, December 2016: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Giving and Philanthropy
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Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right鈥攁nd How We Can, Too

By George Lakey. Melville House, 2016. 304 pages. $26.99/hardcover; $15.99/eBook. If the title of this book conjures up an image of a dense tome on the economic life of tenth-century Vikings, don鈥檛 be put off. George Lakey鈥檚 focus is all on the subtitle: How the Scandinavians Got It Right鈥攁nd How We Can, Too. If one […]

Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, November 2016 Books, Quakers and Social Media
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