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Wanted: A Network of Soul Connection

How do we build faith communities where we really know one another?

Francine Brocious attends Schuylkill Meeting in Phoenixville, Pa. Her interests include singing, psychology, spirituality, dance, improv, lifelong learning, and sharing her voice through writing. She cherishes and seeks more authentic, repeated human connections; deep talks; and spontaneous expressions of laughter, play, and joy. She can be reached at [email protected].

Posted in: Features, The State of Quaker Institutions
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Thou Shalt Wear Comfy Shoes

Do our attitudes toward formal dress push people out the door?

Suzanne W. Cole Sullivan is a convinced Friend who lives and worships in Georgia (mostly), but they can often be spotted at meetings around the country during weekend adventures. Suzanne carries a concern for hospitality and a culture of welcoming. Suzanne is often heard before they are seen.

Posted in: Features, Unnamed Quaker Creeds
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River Crossing

FJ Poetry: “Sitting in bed she gazes at the river, …”

Anne Maren-Hogan lives in Burnsville, N.C.

Posted in: Poetry, Unnamed Quaker Creeds
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The Importance of Noise During Silent Worship

Sometimes we need the buses, dogs, and loud neighbors to enter the deepest silence of the meetinghouse.

Ben Handy is a member of Frankford Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He has a boring job and a lovely family. He mostly spends his free time trying to figure out where he put his glasses, and why he can never seem to get anything done.

Posted in: Features, February 2020
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Scenes from a Meetinghouse

The spirituality of doorknobs and staircases.

Gunilla Norris writes contemplative books on the spirituality of the everyday. More of her writings can be found at gunillanorris.com.

Posted in: Features, February 2020
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I Think I Understand Now

Watching someone’s drug use spiral out of control.

Andrew Huff served with Quaker Voluntary Service in Boston, Mass., in 2015–16. He attends Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.

Posted in: 2020, Drugs, Features
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Among Friends: Who Quaker Kids Are, Who They Become, and How They Lead

Our introduction to the December Issue.

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Me and My Maker

A Friend’s idea of Christianity is one of a relationship with her maker.

A textile designer by profession, Edwina Dankwa Assan founded the social enterprise Edtex over 20 years ago to ethically produce handmade, color-fast fabrics for fashion designers and home decorators. She is a member of Hill House Meeting in Accra, Ghana.

Posted in: Faith and Practice, Quaker Kids
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Love My Enemies? Surely You Jest

Practicing warm‐heartedness with those on the other side of political divides.

Bob Anderson lives in Newtown, Pa.

Posted in: Gambling, Viewpoint
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The Tiny Journalist

By Naomi Shihab Nye. BOA Editions, Ltd., 2019. 128 pages. $24/hardcover; $17/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

Michael S. Glaser is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009.

Posted in: Gambling, November 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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