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FGC Gathering Plenary Talks

It is a longstanding tradition for Friends Journal to publish an adaptation of one of the plenary talks from the Gathering hosted every July by Friends General Conference. To learn more about attending at an upcoming FGC Gathering, please see FGC’s page at http://​www​.fgcquaker​.org/​c​o​n​n​e​c​t​/​g​a​t​h​e​r​ing.

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Waking up in the White Garden

We are not going to grow a more inclusive garden by sitting around in silence.

Scott Holmes is a member of Durham (N.C.) Meeting and a member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative). He is currently a professor of law at North Carolina Central University's School of Law where he supervises a legal aid clinic.

Posted in: Features, October 2015: Faithful Living
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Love in the Belly of the Beast

Race, punishment, and hope in the prison‐industrial complex.

Laura Magnani is program director for Healing Justice in the American Friends Service Committee’s San Francisco office. She has done prison work for Friends for over 40 years. She is a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, Calif. This article was adapted from a plenary talk at the 2014 Friends General Conference Gathering in California, Pennsylvania.

Posted in: Features, September 2014
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What Love Requires: Community and the Challenge of Diversity

Community and the challenge of diversity.

George Schaefer, a licensed clinical social worker, serves Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as its care and aging coordinator. A former clerk of Radnor (Pa.) Meeting, George is a member of Abington (Pa.) Meeting. He lives with his wife Georgette in Glenside, Pa. This article was adapted from a plenary talk at the 2013 Friends General Conference Gathering in Greenley, Colorado.

Posted in: Features, September 2013
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The Spirit of Mediation

The Spirit of Mediation

The Friends Peace Testimony points out a different approach.

Erik Cleven is a PhD candidate in political science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a member of Lafayette Meeting in West Lafayette, Ind. Before starting graduate school, he spent many years working with conflict transformation and inter-ethnic dialogue in many different countries. Erik is writing his dissertation about ethnic violence in Kenya and Kosovo. This article is adapted from a plenary speech at the 2012 Friends General Conference Gathering</a>.

Posted in: Features, September 2012
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Meeting at the Center

We are all part of the same Quaker family. We are called to love one another, and to be reconciled […]

Bruce Birchard is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. He recently retired after 19 years of service as General Secretary of Friends General Conference. He has been encouraged to develop the entirety of "Meeting at the Center" into a Pendle Hill pamphlet. This is an excerpt from "Meeting at the Center: Living Love and Reconciling One to Another," Bruce Birchard's plenary address at the 2011 Friends General Conference Gathering of Friends held in Iowa.

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On The Value Of Conflict

Unresolved conflict can leave a relationship so broken that people are unable to find a way back to one other.

George Lakey, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, is a nonviolent activist, author, and the founder of Training for Change. This article is adapted from a plenary speech at the 2010 Friends General Conference Gathering.

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