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Why Talk about Conscientious Objection with Youth?

Conscience must be developed and nurtured.

Curt Torell is an educator, counselor, and organizational development consultant, with a MDiv and a PhD in psychoeducational processes. He is a Quaker House board member and the treasurer for almost ten years. His conscientious objection started while attending seminary.


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Quaker Works April 2017

A semiannual feature highlighting the recent works of Quaker organizations. Categories include Advocacy; Consultation, Support, and Resources; Development; Education; Environmental and Ecojustice; Investment Management; Retreat, Conference, and Study Centers; and Service and Peace Work.

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A Civil War Story

"Hello, my name is Kendra, and I was given your name as someone who is a member of the Quaker group here in Taos. I teach the third grade at the Yaxche School, and we have been studying the Civil War. Would you be available to talk to us about pacifism?" Third grade? How old […]

Dyckman Vermilye attends Clearlight Worship Group, under the care of Santa Fe (N.Mex.) Meeting.


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A Movement of Conscience in New York Yearly Meeting

Conscience is an inward knowledge of right and wrong, along with a compulsion to do what is right. It requires judgment and action. Sometimes conscience appears in an instant of clarity, but often it grows as we pay attention to it and develop it. It is a gift of the Spirit. A movement of conscience […]

Karen A. Reixach, a member of Rochester (N.Y.) Meeting, is co-clerk of New York Yearly Meeting’s Committee on Conscientious Objection to War. She edited this article, which was compiled by the committee.


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All Friends’ Conference of 1920

Before the 1937 Friends World Conference, Friends from throughout the world and across the various branches of the Religious Society met at an All Friends’ Conference in August 1920, hosted by London (now Britain) Yearly Meeting. London Friends had issued the invitation in 1916, in the midst of the Great War, from a concern for […]

Elizabeth Cazden is a member of Concord (N.H.) Meeting. Her Quaker history research includes Friends in Cuba, independent liberal meetings, and Quaker slave-owners in Rhode Island; see http://www.betsycazden.com.


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American Friends Service Committee after 90 Years

We seek to know where the Spirit is calling us to be in a particular place and time. —Quaker aphorism On April 30, 1917, representatives of Five Year’s Meeting, Friends General Conference, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Orthodox) met and created the Friends National Service Committee, which was soon renamed the American Friends Service Committee. AFSC’s […]

Francine Cheeks, a member of Newton Meeting in Camden, N.J., is director of local affairs in the External Affairs Unit of AFSC.


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Julien Davies Cornell: Gentle Quaker, Determined Litigator

In December 1994, the New York Times published an obituary titled "Julien Cornell, 83, The Defense Lawyer in Ezra Pound Case." Julien Davies Cornell, actually age 84, a member of Cornwall (N.Y.) Meeting, had died of cancer earlier that month in Goshen, New York. While it is true that Julien will be remembered widely for […]

Charles F. Howlett is assistant professor of graduate education at Malloy College on Long Island, N.Y. He is the editor of the book The American Peace Movement, 1890-2000: The Emergence of a New Scholarly Discipline.


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”Walking the Walk: Greg Woods

In December 1999, 14-year-old Greg Woods attended the "High School Quake," a gathering of Illinois Yearly Meeting youth. Along with many other isolated Midwest young Friends, Greg valued these young Friends’ gatherings. He says they helped him grow spiritually while giving him an opportunity to strengthen some of his most important friendships. "My best memories […]

Breeze Richardson, a young adult Friend, is a member and currently clerk of 57th Street Meeting in Chicago, Ill. She is a public radio producer. Project Lakota is under the care of St. Louis (Mo.) Meeting; for more information, go online to http://iym.quaker.org/projectlakota/index.html. Greg Woods participated in The Quake that Rocked the Midwest, a multimedia presentation that appears on the Friends Journal website at https://www.friendsjournal.org/quake/index.html.


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Questions to Ask Military Recruiters and Yourself

Have you, a friend, or a family member ever wondered if the military was the best option for a job or career? If so, ask yourself the questions below. Then consider which ones you might like to ask a recruiter. This may help you make your decision about whether or not you wish to join […]

Don Lathrop is a longtime attender of Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting.


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