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Out of the Ordinary: A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions

By Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka. Fordham University Press, 2016. 256 pages. $34.95/hardcover; $19.99/eBook. Here is a memoir written in 1960 but […]

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Interview with Lisa Graustein, author of “Gender, Sexuality, and Our Bodies”

FJ Podcast: The language we use to talk about our gender, sexuality, and bodies is useful when it can clarify, […]

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Transforming Prejudice into Love

A misunderstanding opens the way to transgender acceptance.

Aran Reinhart is a member of Broadmead Meeting in northwestern Ohio. After meeting amazing people in both the Quaker and LGBT communities, he found his true self four years ago and became a Quaker. Though he works in a woodmill, he is a poet and activist at heart. He named himself after his favorite form of knitting and gets interesting looks when he knits in public.

R. Scot Miller is a member of Grand Rapids (Mich.) Meeting. In addition to family farming, he serves a United Methodist Congregation as Adult Ministries Director. He teaches social work at a Christian college.

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Differences along the Path towards Equal Marriage

When seeking inclusivity in marriage minutes, it is tempting to focus on similarities between same‐sex and opposite‐sex couples. There are […]

Annika Fjelstad lives with her spouse, Heather Ferguson, and their two elementary-school-age children. They have spent the past two years as sojourning members of Monteverde Meeting, Costa Rica, where Annika serves as director of Monteverde Friends School.

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On Sexism as a Spiritual Disaster

I have been a feminist for 35 years. It has been, in effect, my religion. For me, feminism is a […]

Judith Fetterley, a member of Albany (N.Y.) Meeting, has retired from teaching American literature, writing, and feminist theory at SUNY Albany. Among her writings is The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction. She has chaired the board of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, served on the Steering Committee of the National Women's Studies Association, and now serves on the Steering Committee of Women Against War, a local peace activist organization. Since retiring she has started Perennial Wisdom, a small perennial garden business, and she is writing a book on gardening as a spiritual practice. She serves on the Witness Coordinating Committee of New York Yearly Meeting.

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The Cross and the Cuckoo’s Egg

I have followed with interest the rise, among U.S. churches, of scapegoating. Men who love men, women who love women, […]

Risa Stephanie Bear is a member of Eugene (Oreg.) Meeting.

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Gender, Integrity, and Spirituality: A Personal Journey

For most of the first 40 years of my life I would not have said that I was a very […]

Petra L. Doan, associate professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University, is engaged in teaching and research in Third World Planning. She is a member of Tallahassee Meeting. © 2002 Petra L. Doan

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