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A Simple State of Being That Never Truly Dies

Moving toward death is its own kind of expectant worship. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: […]

Robert Stephen Dicken is a member of First Friends Meeting in New Castle, Ind. He retired from teaching high school English in 2002. His retirement days consist of reading, writing, drawing, almost completing honey-do lists, and entertaining grandchildren.


Posted in: Features, The Art of Dying
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Consensus Decision Making in Eusocial Organisms

Learning disruption and resilience from ants and bees.

Barbara Dale graduated from Earlham College in Indiana with a major in biology in 2015. She participated in Quaker Voluntary Service in Philadelphia, Pa., from 2015 to 2016, and currently works in development for a Quaker values-based affordable housing organization. She lives cooperatively with seven humans in West Philadelphia.


Posted in: Features, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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The Peace Class: A Study of Effective Cheek-turning, Neighbor-loving and Sword-to-plowshare Conversion

By Diana Hadley and David Weatherspoon. Self-published, 2015. 220 pages. $12.99/paperback; $5.99/eBook. Both Diana Hadley and David Weatherspoon write well, and each brings a different background and experience to teaching a semester course in peace studies. The book is not a course outline or curriculum for would-be emulators of their project. What it does offer […]

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting and coauthors of Earthcare for Children. Both participated in a peace studies seminar taught by Philip Wogaman in 1965 (Sandy) and 1966 (Tom) at the University of the Pacific. Both Sandy and Tom have trained as Alternatives to Violence Project facilitators.


Posted in: June/July 2017 Books, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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I think it says something about our country that even the smallest of voices were recognized

Student Voices: ” I believe that every voice should be heard, but some are silenced by society. As the next president, you should help to give everyone, rich or poor, a chance to voice their opinions.”

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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story

By Nora Raleigh Baskin. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016. 208 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $7.99/paperback (released May 16, 2017); $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 8–12. The introduction to this book gives a hint as to what comes next. My immediate thought was: I wonder how this story would land for me if I had not experienced that […]

Lucinda Hathaway is a member of Sarasota (Fla.) Meeting and author of Takashi’s Voyage: The Wreck of the Sindia and ’Round the World: Takashi Sails Home.


Posted in: Books, Quaker Summers, Young Friends Bookshelf
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Memorial service at Abington Meeting. © Tricia Coscia.

Honoring Those Known Only to God

A group of Friends hopes to identify North American Quaker burial grounds that hold remains of African American men, women, and children.

Current committee members for Honoring Those Known Only To God are from Alaska, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. You can visit the Honoring Project’s YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/YouTubeHonoringProjUGRR or email them at [email protected].

  • Avis Wanda McClinton, Upper Dublin (Pa.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
  • Joe Coscia and Tricia Coscia, Yardley (Pa.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
  • Linda Lotz, Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Oppenheimer, Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.),  Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative.
  • Sarah Yvonne Blackburn Kehoe, Chena Ridge Friends Meeting (Fairbanks, Alaska), Alaska Friends Conference.
  • Tom Grabe, Germantown Meeting (Philadelphia, Pa.). Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

 

Update: This list has been revised to include the names and monthly and yearly affiliations of members of the committee.


Posted in: Online Exclusives, Race and Anti-Racism
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John Bedell Bowles

Bowles—John Bedell Bowles, 83, on November 22, 2016, in Greensboro, N.C. John was born on July 29, 1933, in Karuizawa, Japan, to Gertrude Bedell and Herbert Bowles, who moved in 1936 to Honolulu, Hawaii. John attended Punahou School there and earned a bachelor’s in biology from Earlham College in 1956. He met Grace Chawner, known […]

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Teaching Peace: Students Exchange Letters with Their Teacher

By Colman McCarthy. Vanderbilt University Press, 2015. 194 pages. $22.95/paperback; $9.99/eBook. This book is not a “new release,” per se, but its arrival in my mailbox was very timely. I read it while cable news and the Internet were filled with stories about still more black men being killed by police, and with the stories […]

David Austin is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. He lives in Marlton, N.J., where he teaches middle school world history and Holocaust studies.


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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The Artist and Me

By Shane Peacock, illustrated by Sophie Casson. Owlkids Books, 2016. 40 pages. $16.95/hardcover. Recommended for ages 5–9. This beautifully illustrated picture book, easily read by beginner readers, could be used to teach a class about bullying. It also illustrates how children are taught prejudice by their elders. This is a timely concept in today’s world. […]

Lucinda Hathaway is a member of Sarasota (Fla.) Meeting and the author of Takashi’s Voyage: The Wreck of the Sindia and ’Round the World: Takashi Sails Home.


Posted in: Books, December 2016: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Giving and Philanthropy
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Violent Video Games and Quaker Teens

How values are tested.

Greyson Acquaviva is a student at Howard Gardner School in Alexandria, Va. He likes playing basketball and soccer and is interested in filmmaking. He is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).


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