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Forum, February 2017

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Mystical Experience, the Bedrock of Quaker Faith

We are not passive, empty vessels hoping to be filled; we have to move toward God.

Robert Atchley is a member of Boulder (Colo.) Meeting. He is author of Spirituality and Aging, which won the Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America in 2010. This article is based on a program hour presented to Boulder Meeting in November 2015.


Posted in: Features, February 2017
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Giving from a Peaceful Place

Finding a balance in our work.

Lisa Smith runs a nonprofit in Washington state that serves seven counties. She brings 30 years of experience with legal, economic development, academic, environmental, tribal, and nonprofit partners. Her research has been published in Consumer Reports, Scholastic magazine, and the American Journal of Public Health. She attends Olympia (Wash.) Meeting.


Posted in: Features, Giving and Philanthropy
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Hope for the White Supremacist Within

Do we need a 12-step program to overcome our internalized racism.

LVM Shelton, metaphysician, mathophile, and musician, taught academic philosophy until 1996, and has worked as a mental health counselor. Her ministry among Friends includes workshop offerings that nurture diverse and transformative spiritual community. She is a member of Plainfield (Vt.) Meeting.


Posted in: Features, September 2016
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The Limits of Forgiveness: Case Studies in the Distortion of a Biblical Ideal

By Maria Mayo. Fortress Press, 2015. 253 pages. $39/paperback; $22.99/eBook. Here we have a book that draws us into a lively exploration of forgiveness. More pointedly, what is the role of unconditional forgiveness in our lives? Many would say that unconditional forgiveness is good for our community and good for our mental health. Maria Mayo […]

Brad Sheeks is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting and enjoying retirement with his wife, Patricia McBee.


Posted in: Books, September 2016, September 2016 Books
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A Lesson in Hope

By Philip Gulley. Center Street, 2015. 260 pages. $24/hardcover; $14.99/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Phil Gulley鈥檚 latest novel, A Lesson in Hope, lives up to its title, providing both its main character鈥擲am Gardner, the conflict-avoidant, generally well-meaning, sometimes exaggerating but always rising-to-the-occasion pastor of Hope Friends Meeting鈥攁nd its readers with reasons to believe that life turns around right […]

Jim Hood teaches English and environmental studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He is a member of Friendship Meeting, North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative).


Posted in: August 2016 Books, Books, Quaker Spaces
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A Natural Woman

Unpacking and exploring the insights and observations of a life in two genders. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online […]

Chloe Schwenke is a Quaker at Adelphi (Md.) Meeting, a human rights activist, an international development practitioner, and an educator with over three decades of international experience, nearly half in developing countries. She is also the parent of two children. She currently teaches, and does consulting work internationally.


Posted in: Features, Gender and Sexuality
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William Penn Lecture speaker Mary Craudereuff (center) with panelists Barry Scott (left) and Becca Bubb (right) after the lecture.

News: May 2016

News from the world of Friends. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library of Quaker聽information: every聽Friends Journal ever published, […]

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Student Voices 2016 Option 3: Conflicts in Community

What happens when there are differences or conflicts within a community? How do we respond with patience, tolerance, and openness to building bridges?

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Intimacy with God: Real Life Stories from What Canst Thou Say?

Edited by Mariellen Gilpin, Earl Smith, and Judy Lumb. Producciones de la Hamaca, 2015. 181 pages. $20/paperback. $9.99/eBook. What Canst Thou Say? is a newsletter in which Friends share their mystical experiences and contemplative practice. Each of the quarterly issues is centered on an announced theme, such as 鈥淟etting Your Life Speak,鈥 鈥淭ouched by the […]

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting. Currently he is preparing some thoughts about rereading the Psalms.


Posted in: April 2016 Books, Books, Spiritual Nurture / Quaker Training
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