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Writing Opp: Creativity and the Arts (Due 3/5)

Early Friends were famously skeptical of art; modern Friends pretty much fully embrace it. Why the abrupt turnaround? What reasons might there have been for early strictures? And what cautions from early Friends might they still hold for us today? Is all art the same or is there such a thing as Quaker art? Are […]

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal:聽[email protected]


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Prophetic Witness, Pragmatic Action

What does it mean to be prophetic in a time of political division?

Diane Randall is the executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.


Posted in: Features, February 2018
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Quilting as Ministry

Quilting as healing at a Quaker Voluntary Service house.

Kayla Schneider-Smith is a 2016-17 Portland QVS fellow who has served both with New City Initiative, an organization that aims to end the cycle of homelessness through faith community involvement, and Urban Gleaners, a food re-purposing organization that fights childhood hunger in Oregon.


Posted in: Features, February 2018
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A Matter of Trust

Among Friends: Our introduction to the February 2018 issue.

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of聽Friends Journal:聽[email protected]


Posted in: Among Friends, February 2018
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Forum, February 2018

Forum: 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 […]


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Being Quaker…Where you are: A Journey Among Isolated Friends in the Northwest

By Sakre Kennington Edson. Western Friend, 2017. 244 pages. $20/paperback; $9/eBook. In the middle of an overly full week, I promised to read this book for Friends Journal. The rash promise turned out to yield an unexpected gift, and I encourage you to open this book for yourself and pass it around your meeting. Sakre […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Friends Meeting in Wilton, N.H., allowed by Weare Meeting in Henniker, N.H.


Posted in: February 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, September 2017
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Writing Opp: What Are Quaker Values Anyway? (Due 2/5)

If there鈥檚 a Quaker brand, then 鈥淨uaker values鈥 is its most common pitch. What do we mean when we use the term for Quaker institutions and the ministries of our meetinghouses and churches? Is it anything deeper than the 鈥淪PICES鈥 testimonies? Submissions due February 5, 2018.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of聽Friends Journal. Contact:聽[email protected]


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The Roots of Our Lifestyles

Among Friends: Our introduction to the January issue on Quaker lifestyles.

Martin Kelley is the senior editor of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Among Friends, Quaker Lifestyles
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The author with his wife and child in a tent.

Farm and Community

Life on a small vegetable farm.

Craig Jensen likes board games, comic books, and the bread that his wife bakes, but time with his son, Fox, is his favorite thing in the world. He grows beautiful dahlias and would like to spend all of his winter making toys. He is a member of Monadnock Meeting in Jaffrey, N.H.


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Mississippi River near Fridley, Minn. (c) Gabriel Vanslette/Wikimedia

Life Saving Quaker Practice

It took a diagnosis of cancer for a Friend to take on daily worship.

Michael Bischoff lives in Minneapolis, Minn.


Posted in: Quaker Lifestyles, Viewpoint
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