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Sparking a Quakerish Epidemic

A society of Friends ought to be a natural for friendship with God.

Forrest Curo is a poet and member of San Diego (Calif.) Meeting. He ran the Aardvark Bookstore here from 1985–1998 and founded Street Light (modeled on American Friends Service Committee’s Street Spirit) in 1996. He put in a year at Pendle Hill Conference Center in 2002 in hopes of finding a spiritual handle on the intractable politics of poverty and is now retired.


Posted in: Going Viral with Quakerism, Online Features
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What People Really Want from Church and Quaker Meeting

Looking at successful church growth models for ideas to grow our fellowship.

Donald W. McCormick, [email protected]​gmail.​com, is a member of Grass Valley Meeting in Nevada City, Calif. He is director of education for Unified Mindfulness, a company that trains mindfulness teachers. The senior editor of Friends Journal described his February article, “Can Quakerism Survive?,” as “the most talked about article in recent history.”


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The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

By Helen Thorpe. Scribner, 2017. 396 pages. $28/hardcover; $18/paperback (available in September); $14.99/eBook. Imagine if you can that you are, […]

Dave Austin is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. He lives in Marlton, N.J., where he teaches middle school world history. He is currently at work on a young adult novel about the Holocaust in France.


Posted in: Creativity and the Arts, June/July 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Different Opinions, Same Community

Last year I attended an all-girls school in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This school’s community consisted of some diversity geographically, but most […]

Olivia Jaekle, Grade 10, Westtown School


Posted in: Student Voice Project 2018, Student Voices Project, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Elizabeth-Hare

The Realization

Simplicity is something that everyone needs. It’s something that makes life easier. It made my life easier. It adds a […]

Elizabeth Hare, Grade 6, Sidwell Friends School


Posted in: Student Voice Project 2018, Student Voices Project, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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AllAround

All Around Us

By Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia. Cinco Puntos Press, 2017. 32 pages. $17.95/hardcover or eBook. Recommended for ages […]

Emmy Gay is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


Posted in: May 2018 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Evicted AND Dream Hoarders

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. By Matthew Desmond. Crown Publishing Group, 2016. 422 pages. $28/hardcover; $17/paperback; $12.99/eBook. […]

J. E. McNeil, an attorney in Washington, D.C., and a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW), grew up in a working class neighborhood in the Jim Crow South. She worked her way through college and later law school when that was still a possibility. Now culturally if not financially part of the upper middle class with three degrees, she supports the Mary Jane Simpson Scholarship Fund at FMW and the Bell Multicultural High School in Columbia Heights, D.C.


Posted in: April 2018 Books, Healing, Quaker Book Reviews
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Forum, March 2018

Letters and commentary from our readers.

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Me and Marvin Gardens

FJ Review: “It is the voice of Obe Devlin, the 11-year-old protagonist of Me and Marvin Gardens, at once passionate and […]

James Foritano attends Cambridge (Mass.) Meeting.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Interview with Friends Journal’s Assistant Book Review Editor

We talk with the editor of our children’s book reviews.

Eileen Redden is a retired school counselor and teacher, and a member of Camden (Del.) Meeting. More recently she’s been attending a worship group at Cadbury Senior Living in Lewes, Del. She has served as the volunteer assistant book review editor of Friends Journal since 2008. To contact Eileen about becoming a reviewer, email [email protected]​friendsjournal.​org.

This interview is an extended version of the one that appeared in the print magazine.


Posted in: Interviews, Quaker Libraries
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