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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: Online Features, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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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/ipc-right-relationship.


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, Almost Quaker, Books, June/July 2016 Books
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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 coordinator for NEYM.


Posted in: Economic Justice and Poverty, Features
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A Call for Courage in the Boardroom

Friends in Business. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: every Friends Journal ever published, going back to […]

Jane Mack is chief executive officer of Friends Services for the Aging. She has a master’s in organizational development and leadership and is a member of the Standards for Excellence Committee for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Jane is a member of Middletown Meeting in Lima, Pa.


Posted in: Friends in Business, November 2015
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The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School

By Valerie Brown and Kristen Olson. Corwin, 2015. 208 pages. $24.95/paperback or eBook. [button link=”http://www.amazon.com/The-Mindful-School-Leader-Leadership/dp/148330308X”]Buy on FJ Amazon Store[/button] If education is the key to making positive change in the world, then schools must be real communities that educate in every dimension of the human condition for the betterment of self and the world. How can such places exist and […]

Claire Salkowski is a member of Little Falls Meeting in Fallston, Md., and a Montessori educator.


Posted in: Books, November 2015, November 2015 Books, Uncategorized
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Q&A: Christina Repoley, Founding Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service

Service work with young adult Friends.

Christina Repoley is a member of the Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting. She has served on staff in the Peace Building Program of American Friends Service Committee, Southeastern Regional office and as the coordinator of the Mexico Summer Project, one of AFSC’s last remaining workcamps for young adults. She served on Friends General Conference’s Youth Ministries Committee for six years, and recently served on FGC’s Stoking the Spiritual Fire of Quakerism Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Christina was a Woodruff Fellow at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology where she received a Master of Divinity in 2011. Following seminary, Christina served as Program Coordinator for the Faith and Service Program of the Cousins Family Foundation, where she worked with a national network of faith-based voluntary service programs and also with the Fund for Theological Education’s Volunteers Exploring Vocation program.


Posted in: December 2012
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