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Letters from our readers

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Modern Psalms in Search of Peace and Justice

By Dwight L. Wilson, illustrated by Nancy Marstaller. Friends United Press, 2017. 226 pages. $16/paperback. The psalms of the Bible […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. His thoughts on "The Psalms as Spiritual Directors" are scheduled to appear in the March 2019 issue of Presence.


Posted in: February 2019, February 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Mystic Soul of a More Whole Religious Society

How to move beyond denial and defensiveness when talking about race.

Since 2014 through Undoing Racism Group, an unofficial group of Friends seeking to co-create Beloved Community, Viv Hawkins has learned much about racism; she has much yet to learn and do. A member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, she embraces a ministry to foster faithfulness and Lola Georg, her life partner.


Posted in: Online Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Evergreen Worship Group circa 2006. Photo courtesy of the author.

Staying in It

A search for a faith community guided from within by God.

Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore (Pa.)Meeting, has led workshops on numerous subjects related to the spiritual life and is author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey. She is a core teacher for the upcoming nine-month course, Nurturing Faithfulness. Her blog is called A Whole Heart.


Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity
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Manjhi Moves a Mountain

By Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Danny Popovici. Creston Books, 2017. 32 pages. $17.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 5–9. This lovely book […]

Anne Nydam is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting, where she teaches First-day school. A former middle school art teacher, she now stays home with her children, while working as an artist and writer.


Posted in: December 2018 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and Christianity
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Money and Soul

By Pamela Haines. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 450), 2018. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. Fretting about economics and money is not new […]

Diana Roose is a member of Oberlin (Ohio) Meeting and a Friend in Residence at Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C.


Posted in: Meetings and Money, October 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Among Friends: Holding in the Light

Our introduction to the April issue on Healing.

Gabriel Ehri is the executive director of Friends Journal


Posted in: Among Friends, Healing
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Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions

By Casey Tygrett. IVP Books, 2017. 192 pages. $16/paperback; $15.99/eBook. Got faith? Then why question? Now there’s a question, and […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting and a graduate of the Master of Ministry program at the Earlham School of Religion. He enjoys parallel lives in Quakerism and engineering, two fields where questions are at the core of the discipline.


Posted in: February 2018, February 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Race & Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

By David P. Leong, IVP Books, 2017. 208 pages. $16/paperback; $15.99/eBook. I couldn’t put down David Leong’s guide because it […]

Carl Blumenthal is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


Posted in: January 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quaker Lifestyles
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The Obligations of a Quaker Science Teacher in a Post‐fact World

Our pursuit of truth should be held in the Light.

Mike Mangiaracina is an attender of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting. He taught for ten years in two Friends schools before being called to teach in Washington, D.C.’s public schools, where he has been teaching elementary school math and science for nine years.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, Features
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