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New England Yearly Meeting Friends Explore Their Relationship with Friends United Meeting

At its 2011 annual sessions in August, New England Yearly Meeting held a panel discussion to advance Friends’ discernment of NEYM’s relationship with Friends United Meeting. Friends United Meeting (FUM) is one of the three "umbrella organizations" of Friends in the United States, along with Friends General Conference and Evangelical Friends Church International. FUM was […]


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Our New Best Friend?

Written a few weeks after the Inauguration of President Barack Obama last year, this is reprinted with permission from the Oberlin College (Ohio) Alumni Magazine, Spring, 2009, with minor editorial changes. By now, you would have to be living in fact-free limbo to believe Barack Obama is a "secret Muslim," as some opponents suggested during […]

Roger Copeland is a professor of Theater and Dance at Oberlin College. He is the author of What Is Dance? and Merce Cunningham: The modernizing of Modern Dance.


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Concerned about Israel and/or Palestine: Perhaps We Are Part of the Problem

In October 2008, I traveled to the West Bank on behalf of Friends World Committee for Consultation-Europe and Middle East Section (FWCC-EMES) to review the Quaker-sponsored Amari Play Center in Amari Refugee Camp. I have since written the review. But when the secretary of FWCC-EMES asked me to write a personal reflection of my visit, […]

Lindsey Fielder Cook is a U.S. Friend and a member of German Yearly Meeting. She currently lives in Bonn, Germany, and is married to a British citizen. Following university, she worked as an intern at Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) and then as a teacher for Friends Girls School in Ramallah. This led to humanitarian work with various United Nations agencies in the West Bank, Gaza, Somalia, and the former Yugoslavia. She now combines parenting with writing and consultancy work, and serves on the Quaker United Nations Committee (QUNC-NY) as the FWCC Representative for Europe and the Middle East.


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Christian Peace Witness for Iraq: The Risks that Faith Asks

On April 29 of this year, I was blessed to attend the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq (CPWI) in Washington, D.C. The opening convocation at the National City Christian Church featured Kathy Kelly, who has been to Iraq 24 times as a witness, and Noah Baker Merrill, a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting and co-founder […]

Stephen Dotson, a member of Goose Creek Meeting in Lincoln, Va., is currently serving as young adult leadership development coordinator at Pendle Hill study center in Wallingford, Pa. He is involved in Quakers Uniting in Publications, Quaker Quest, and World Student Christian Federation.


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Learning to Love Paul Wolfowitz, and Other Impossible Tasks

My activities that Sunday morning were supposed to be Christmasy and result in life actually improving in some small way for 2,000 people. Instead, I was staring at Paul Wolfowitz and tripping over my own—um—let’s be kind and call it ambivalence. Doesn’t that sound nicer than hypocrisy? I was standing in the middle of the […]

Debby Churchman is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington, D.C., where this incident took place.


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Drinking At The Well

This month we bring you a spontaneous special issue on the recent "Heeding God’s Call: A Gathering on Peace," held in January at the Arch Street Meetinghouse in Philadelphia, and sponsored by the Historic Peace Churches (Quakers, Mennonites, and Brethren). The first inkling that we might do such an issue came when Tom Swain, clerk […]


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The Peace Gathering: An Overview

From January 13 through 17, 2009, at Arch Street Meetinghouse in Philadelphia, nearly 400 people from 48 Christian denominations and organizations, along with Jewish and Muslim participant-observers, met to participate in Heeding God’s Call: A Gathering on Peace. The gathering was hosted by the "Historic Peace Churches" (Quakers, Mennonites, and Brethren) but strove to be […]

Daniel Coppock is a member of Eastern Hills Monthly Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently lives in Philadelphia, where he is serving as an intern at Friends Journal. Therese Miller is a member of Lewisburg (Pa.) Meeting and served as director of the Peace Gathering.


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We Need A Public Investigation of 9/11

I appreciated Steve Chase’s thoughtful article about the controversies surrounding what happened on 9/11 ("Sifting through the Rubble: the 9/11 Controversies," FJ August 2008). I agree it is important to know what led to the events of that fateful day and that many troubling questions remain unanswered. Friends Bulletin (the official publication of Western unprogrammed […]


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My Inaugural Journey

My journey to the National Mall on inaugural day began many years ago. As a little black girl growing up in the South, I started to remember and vivid memories flooded my thoughts as I pulled on long johns, thermal socks, and three layers of clothing a little after 4:00 a.m. on that historical Tuesday, […]

LauraWard Holliday is a member of Live Oak Meeting in Houston, Tex.


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A Challenge to Friends

Susan Corson-Finnerty is away, which gives me the welcome task of preparing this column. For us at Friends Journal, November is traditionally the time to look back at the summer’s Friends General Conference Gathering. The first article, "Courageously Faithful—Bringing Peace to War" by Alaine D. Duncan (p. 6), is the text of an awe-inspiring presentation […]


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