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Jadyn-Williams

Comfort in Diversity

This is my first year at Westtown School. I am a proud Christian who goes to church and worships God. At my church we sing, dance, cry, and mostly make noise! I am comfortable in this environment because in my culture, we recognize that God deserves all the praise. This is a strong aspect of […]

Jadyn Williams, Grade 9, Westtown School


Posted in: Student Voice Project 2018, Student Voices Project, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Palestine and Israel

A decolonial framework for justice and peace.

Tabitha Mustafa is a name without a title. Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian American Quaker living in St. Louis, Mo. She is the director of strategic partnerships for the Adalah Justice Project, a Palestinian human rights organization.


Posted in: Features, Quakers and the Holy Land
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Holistic Islam: Sufism, Transformation, and the Challenge of Our Time

By Kabir Helminski. White Cloud Press, 2017. 140 pages. $14.95/Paperback; $13.99/eBook. Kabir Edmund Helminski is a well-known American writer on spirituality, and he brings to us the valuable point of view of someone who had reached adulthood before embracing Islam. He is co-director of the Sufi Threshold Society and a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. He has traveled to the Muslim world several times on visits to his Arab in-law family.


Posted in: March 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and the Holy Land
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Europe and Middle East Section annual meeting 2017. Photo by Kate McNally, courtesy of the author.

Membership as Commitment and Belonging

Is membership a pragmatic arrangement or a spiritual experience?

Marisa Johnson has been serving as secretary to Friends World Committee for Consultation Europe and Middle East Section since 2008, and this has given her the opportunity of seeing many forms of Quaker worship and community building. Membership is often a central theme in becoming and maintaining community.

The article is taken from thoughts from an address that Johnson gave to Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering in 2014.


Posted in: June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem, Online Features
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Quaker teachers, families, and students at the Ottawa School, Indian Territory, 1872. Courtesy of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College.

Quaker Indian Boarding Schools

Facing our history and ourselves.

Paula Palmer’s Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples ministry is under the care of Boulder (Colo.) Meeting. She offers Toward Right Relationship workshops in churches, schools, and colleges. Her 60-minute slide presentation on the Quaker Indian boarding schools and additional resources are posted at boulderfriendsmeeting​.org/​i​p​c​-​r​i​g​h​t​-​r​e​l​a​t​i​o​n​s​hip.


Posted in: Crossing Cultures, Features
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Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times

By Soong-Chan Rah. InterVarsity Press, 2015. 224 pages. $17/paperback; $13.99/eBook. From the heartland of North American Evangelical Christianity, Soong-Chan Rah shapes exegesis of the Old Testament Book of Lamentations into a stunning and prophetic indictment of a church that “gravitates toward narratives of exceptionalism and triumphalism.” He argues passionately that we have lost our way […]

Samuel Mahaffy and his family fellowship with Olympia (Wash.) Meeting. With his colleagues, Samuel facilitates a process for faith communities divided by conflict to find the Voice of Common Vision through sharing and integrating both voices of grief and celebration into a liturgy for restoration of broken relationships.


Posted in: 2016, June/July 2016 Books, June/July 2016: Almost Quaker, Quaker Book Reviews
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Student Voices 2016 Option 1: Building Community

What are the important elements of building a loving, safe, and supportive community? How do you contribute to maintaining these elements in your community?

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Interview with Melody George, author of “Imagining a Trauma-informed Quaker Community”

Stigma and fear can make it difficult to see people as more than their disabilities.


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Imagining a Trauma-informed Quaker Community

Stigma and fear can make it difficult to see people as more than their disabilities.

Melody George is a licensed clinical social worker with a passion for working with adults who have mental health diagnoses. She is a member at Clackamas Park Friends Church in Milwaukie, Ore., and has been involved in Northwest Yearly Meeting since 2003.


Posted in: Disability and Inclusion, Features
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An Experiment with Abundance

Reports from a new way to attend New England Yearly Meeting sessions.

John Humphries is a member of Hartford (Conn.) Meeting and serves as clerk of the Sessions Committee for New England Yearly Meeting. Kathleen Wooten is a member of Fresh Pond Meeting in Cambridge, Mass., and serves as events coördinator for NEYM.


Posted in: December 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty, Features
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