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The Living Tithe

Still, I’ve made a step toward that goal by opening myself to transformation into someone who more deeply lives the […]

Chuck Hosking lives in Albuquerque, N.Mex. He is a member of Harare (Zimbabwe) Meeting, and he actively promotes Southern African Yearly Meeting's Zimbabwe Relief Fund through Schenectady (N. Y) Meeting.

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The Miracle of Death

On May 10, 2006, my wife and partner of a quarter century, Deborah “Misty” Gerner, who was under treatment for […]

Philip Schrodt was a regular attender, and Deborah Gerner a member, of Oread Meeting in Lawrence, Kans. Details on Deborah Gerner's life, and an extended set of emails detailing her experience with metastatic breast cancer, can be found at her memorial website, http://deborahgerner.org.

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Sandy’s Orders

Sandy Mershon grew up in a large Catholic family, one of eight children, all brought up in the faith of […]

Mary Ann Downey is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting.

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The Death of Michael Lambert

On June 8, 2007, the Indianapolis Star reports that the Indiana Parole Board has voted unanimously to deny clemency for […]

Ken Stalcup is a member of Irvington (Ind.) Meeting. He was a volunteer chaplain for the Indiana Department of Corrections for five years, and currently volunteers with recently released prisoners and writes letters to current prisoners.

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Reasons to Never Give Up

There are days when depression threatens to engulf me and I feel like giving up. At such times I remind […]

Kathe Bryant is a member of Plainfield (Ind.) Meeting. She recently lost her husband and mother.

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The Divine Palette

An old and dear Friend died this week. And it made me think, once iagain, about the Light Within. My […]

Dean C.T. Bratis, a member of Uwchlan Meeting in Downingtown, Pa., taught biology and genetics at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pa., from 1970 to 1999. After a brief retirement he has resumed teaching, now at Villanova University.

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Harry’s Light

The diagnosis came into our world shattering our stability, our plans, and our future. The gentle, soft‐spoken doctor explained to […]

Dorsy Hill was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and now considers herself a Quaker. She occasionally attends Mountain View (Colo.) Meeting.

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Visiting Agatha

I was an untrained amateur leading a self‐ help group for the mentally ill. Statistics were grim: in my first […]

Mariellen O. Gilpin is a member of Urbana-Champaign (Ill.) Meeting. This article recounts an experience she had 20 years ago. She didn't cry then—the pain was too deep for tears—but she did cry one night when instead of sleeping she finally committed it to words.

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Threshold Choirs

Five years ago, after attending a workshop by Richard Lee on Meetings for Healing, I started a Meeting for Healing […]

Melody Johnson, a member of Ithaca (N.Y.) Meeting, is a retired teacher and for 17 years has been a volunteer mediator at her local Community Dispute Resolution Center.

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Could Any Friend Really Understand what It Feels Like for a Quaker Mom to have a Child who Is a Soldier?

Though I grew up and then served as pastor in a different denomination, I’ve been a lifelong pacifist, culminating in […]

Allyson Platt, a member of Storrs (Conn.) Meeting, is the director of Relational Spirituality at Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc., and executive director of the Worcester County Ecumenical Council, both based in Worcester, Mass. Prior to becoming a Friend, she served for nearly 20 years in parish ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ, while also occasionally working as a newspaper reporter and community radio DJ and producer. In addition to her work, she is a first-year student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Antioch University, New England, in Keene, N.H., anticipating a vocational focus with at-risk adolescents.

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