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Why I Identify as Quaker

The question is not if God exists, but what is the nature of God.

Kurt H. Parkum lives in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Posted in: The State of Quaker Institutions, Viewpoint
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The Next Testimony

Can Friends model a new kind of Christian governance?

Andrew Huff served with Quaker Voluntary Service in Boston, Mass., in 2015–16. He attends Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.

Posted in: Features, Unnamed Quaker Creeds
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Uncertainty, an Unnamed Quaker Creed?

Moving beyond belief in the “absolute perhaps.”

Rhiannon Grant is a member of Bournville meeting in Birmingham, UK, and works at Woodbrooke, the Quaker center. Her book on Quaker theology, Telling the Truth about God, came out last year, and her introduction to Quakerism, Quakers Do What! Why? will appear in July 2020. Email: [email protected].

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Guilford College responds to Westboro Baptist protest

  When three members of Westboro Baptist Church—a church in Topeka, Kans., known for its harsh anti‐LGBTQ beliefs—came to protest […]

Erik Hanson and Windy Cooler are the news editors for Friends Journal. They contributed to the reporting of this story. Do you know about any Quaker news stories we should be covering? Send us tips at [email protected].

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Me and My Maker

A Friend’s idea of Christianity is one of a relationship with her maker.

A textile designer by profession, Edwina Dankwa Assan founded the social enterprise Edtex over 20 years ago to ethically produce handmade, color-fast fabrics for fashion designers and home decorators. She is a member of Hill House Meeting in Accra, Ghana.

Posted in: Faith and Practice, Quaker Kids
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Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

By Barbara Brown Taylor. HarperOne, 2019. 256 pages. $25.99/hardcover; $15.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook.

Diane Reynolds is Quaker, formerly a member of Patapsco Meeting in Ellicott City, Md., and now a member of Stillwater Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio. She is the author of The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and The American Nutcracker.

Posted in: Gambling, November 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Forgotten Gospel of Jesus

By Charles W. Heavilin. Christian Faith Publishing, 2018. 118 pages. $13.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

Max L. Carter is a member of New Garden Meeting in Greensboro, N.C., and the retired William R. Rogers director of Friends Center and Quaker studies at Guilford College.

Posted in: Friends in Africa, October 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Slavery in the Quaker World

Christian slavery and White supremacy.

Katharine Gerbner is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. She grew up in Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated from Germantown Friends School. She currently attends Twin Cities Meeting in Saint Paul, Minn.

Posted in: Features, September 2019
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Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today

By John Shelby Spong. HarperOne, 2018. 336 pages. $27.99/hardcover; $18.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook. Many Friends acknowledge the Christian roots of the Religious […]

Paul Buckley is a member of Community Friends Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Quakerism and travels in the ministry urging revival among Friends. His most recent book is Primitive Quakerism Revived: Living as Friends in the Twenty-First Century.

Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, September 2019, September 2019 Books
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Muslim? Quaker? Speak!

Becoming a visible Friend through a QuakerSpeak appearance.

Naveed Moeed is a British Pakistani who, after living in Europe and the Middle East, has settled in North Carolina. A member of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Meeting, he also attends a local mosque and serves as meeting liaison to groups working against racism and Islamophobia. Professionally he has worked in IT, but is currently a budding actor and photographer.

Posted in: Features, QuakerSpeak at Five
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