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Challenging Conflicts in Our Meeting

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This article was written by four longtime members of a Midwestern monthly meeting. The authors have chosen not to identify themselves or their meeting in order to maintain confidentiality.

Editors’ Note: Friends Journal publishes anonymous articles only in rare cases. We have confirmed the basic outlines of this case.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, Features
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When We Were Alone

FJ Review: “As they spend time in the garden, the little girl asks her grandmother questions. All of the questions relate to the adult’s experiences at the Native American residential school she attended as a child. The information shared is age appropriate and would be an excellent way to introduce that topic to young children.”

Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor for Friends Journal. She worships in Lewes, Del.


Posted in: Books, Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf
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The Girl Who Saved Yesterday

FJ Review: “Elements of it will resonate with anyone who has felt loss, and perhaps the message will be clear to children that we must not bury our sorrows and losses, but must remember and cherish them.”

Anne Nydam is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting. A former middle school teacher, she now works from home as a writer and artist.


Posted in: Books, Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf
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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: Books, Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf
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All photos taken in Katie and Phil's garden. Courtesy of the author.

Earthcare: Finding God in the Garden

Working in the earth keeps a Friend grounded.

Katie Green is a member and past clerk of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. She is a storyteller, teacher, and grandmother. Katie taught First-day school in Worcester and edited the Worcester Meeting newsletter. She and her husband, Phil Stone, also attend Clearwater Meeting in Dunedin, Fla.


Posted in: Earthcare, September 2017
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Heaven-based Living

A brief glimpse of eternity inspires a search for understanding.

Michael Resman is a member of Rochester (Minn.) Meeting and an editor for What Canst Thou Say? His books include A Contemporary Mysticism.


Posted in: Features, The Art of Dying
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The author (center) with her sister Bonnie (left) and mother. Photo taken a few months before Bonnie's death. Photo courtesy of the author.

Weeping to Joy

God heals in unexpected ways.

Betsy Blake builds websites and communication strategies for companies and organizations trying to do good in the world. Her photojournalism work was recently featured on CNN and NBC news. Betsy lives in Greensboro, N.C., and is a member of First Friends Meeting. Learn more about Betsy at betsyblake.com.

 

This version has been slightly edited from the printed piece.


Posted in: Features, The Art of Dying
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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.


Posted in: Online Features, The Art of Dying
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Life, Death, and Resilience

Among Friends: Our introduction to the June/July issue.

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Among Friends, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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It Breaks My Heart

The fractured nature of the Quaker community breaks a Friend’s heart

Kate Pruitt is lab director at a small hospital in North Carolina. After farming organically for 18 years, she returned to her home state to escape the weather and find community. Connecting and exploring the Quaker way beginning in 2005 has opened up her spiritual path.


Posted in: Online Features, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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