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Making the Journey North (Again)

A senior Friend says, half-jokingly, that every time the United States goes to war, the Canadians get to deal with it. From the American Revolution, the French and Indian War, the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, to Vietnam and now Iraq, there are consequences for Canada when those dissenting in the United States pick […]

Betsy Brinson, a member of Richmond (Va.) Meeting, serves on the board of Quaker House in Fayetteville, N.C. She grew up in a military family at nearby Fort Bragg. A public historian, she is the founder of the GI Rights Oral History Project, which seeks to document the stories of soldiers, families, and advocacy groups opposed to the war in Iraq. Readers can learn more about Jeremy and Nga’s journey at http://www.jeremyhinzman.net.


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U.S. Conscientious Objectors in World War II

World War II was a very important period in the history of U.S. conscientious objectors. When the draft was activated, it was the first peacetime draft in U.S. history, beginning before U.S. entry into the war. For the first time in a U.S. war, COs were permitted to serve their country not by being drafted […]

John Mascari is a junior member of Westbury (N.Y.) Meeting. He wrote this paper and created a DVD to accompany several oral presentations of it in 2004, when he was an 8th grader at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, N.Y., where he now attends 10th grade.


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Living Our Convictions

Faithfulness The first call is to God, to faithfulness. Out of faithfulness rises the call to live in peace. In these times, we hear God calling us to live peaceably ourselves in all our relationships. —New York Yearly Meeting, July 30, 2004 Over the past three or four years, Friends in New York have begun […]

Nadine Hoover has served as secretary of Southeastern Yearly Meeting and as clerk of Tallahassee (Fla.) and Alfred (N.Y.) Meetings. She has facilitated Alternatives to Violence workshops since 1978, and serves under a travel minute since 1996 with a concern for youth, Quaker practice, nonviolence, somatics, and early childhood development in the U.S. and Indonesia, building relationships across borders. A video, Friends in Conscience: Quaker Service in Indonesia, is available from Alfred Meeting on her opening talk to NYYM Spring Session 2006. Contact Alfred Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 773, Alfred, NY 14802.


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Remembering Agnes: A Lesson in Nonviolence

Whenever I try to trace back my faith in that of God in every one, and the power of nonviolence, my thoughts go back over 50 years to World War II and my experiences in a state mental hospital. And I think about a woman patient called Agnes Holler, and all that knowing her taught […]

Margaret Hope Bacon is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She wrote this article in 1996, and it is being published for the first time; but, in a different rendition, it was incorporated into her book Love Is the Hardest Lesson.


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The Willoughbys on Pacifism

Ironically, few issues have divided Quakers more than war-making and peacemaking. A favorite image of Quakers in the wider world is that of the people who love peace—who don’t go to war. The reality is more complex. There were Fighting Quakers in England during the earliest days of the movement; the young George Fox himself […]

Gregory A. Barnes is a writer and a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. He is completing a joint biography of George and Lillian Willoughby.


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Counter-Recruitment in Cookeville, Tennessee

Hector, isn’t it a Quaker thing to be concerned with the influence of the military on our children?" With such an innocent question from a friend with two sons in high school, our small preparative meeting was launched into a most interesting learning experience. A few Sundays ago we had four high school students at […]

Hector Black is a member of Crossville (Tenn.) Meeting and now attends Cookeville Preparative Meeting. He is a fruit grower with interests in organic farming, peace, and classical music. He works against the death penalty.


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Recollections of a World War II Conscientious Objector

During World War II, 12,000 men from as many as 200 religious groups received the conscientious objector classification, “4-E,” under the Selective Service System, and served all over the United States in Civilian Public Service units administered by agencies of the three “historic peace churches”鈥攖he Brethren, Quakers, and Mennonites. In addition, there were 1,700 COs, […]

Larry Miller, a member of Doylestown (Pa.) Meeting, is a former general secretary of Friends General Conference and has served on the staff of American Friends Service Committee in various capacities over several decades.


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Vignettes of an Antiwar Vet

Introduction I have written these vignettes for Susan, the little girl I had to leave behind when I went to prison during World War II. Now that she is a grandmother, it is probably time for me to tell her something about where I went. I have never written about this experience or said much […]

Lyle Tatum, a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting, held a variety of posts with American Friends Service Committee between 1956 and 1983, including: executive secretary of the Middle Atlantic Region, 1956-60; International Affairs Representative in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), 1960-64; secretary for the Peace Education Division, 1972-75; AFSC special representative to the Constitutional Conference on Rhodesia in London, 1979; and executive secretary of the Dayton, Ohio, Regional Office, 1981-83.


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Raising CO Consciousness in Our Youth

Like everyone, we are touched close to home and deep in our hearts by the War on Terrorism. But as Quaker parents of teenage boys from two separate households, we face another dilemma. How do we encourage our sons to ponder their own inner leadings about their personal participation in war? As parents, we raised […]

Alice Carlton and Curt Torell are members of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Meeting.


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Learning about Conscientious Objection

Activist Frances Crowe of Massachusetts has worked on peace issues for several decades. She visited our meeting in Putney, Vermont, on June 21, 2002, with a message regarding the possibility of a new draft in the near future. I think she is dead right about this possibility, and I listened closely. I was 15 years […]

Nancy Lang is a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting.


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