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God as a Cow and the Duck Index

Images from dreams provide unexpected life and spiritual guidance.

Tina Tau is a member of Multnomah Meeting in Portland, Ore. She is a writer, artist, and retired teacher currently pursuing her calling as a dreamworker, helping people tap the wisdom of their dreams.


Posted in: Features, September 2017
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Ah, Go Fly a Kite!

Paper, glue, wind, and metaphors at the FGC Gathering.

Charles “Chuck” Jones is a member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting. Chattanooga is where he flies kites and lives with his wife. He is a retired math teacher who is a woodworker and blacksmith. This past May, he became a graduate of the School of the Spirit.


Posted in: Features, September 2017
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A Community Formed for Faithfulness

We need to help each other grow in recognizing, discerning, and responding when the Spirit leads. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the […]

Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore (Pa.) Meeting, is a writer, teacher, workshop leader, and author of Our Life Is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey. Her blog is at awholeheart.com.


Posted in: Features, September 2017
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A Mysticism for Our Time

Rediscovering the spiritual writings of Thomas R. Kelly.

L. Roger Owens teaches spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is the author of What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality.


Posted in: Features, September 2017
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FJ Poetry: “A songbird awakens /the morning just outside
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Betty Jamerson Reed lives in Brevard, N.C.


Posted in: Poetry, September 2017
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All photos taken in Katie and Phil's garden. Courtesy of the author.

Earthcare: Finding God in the Garden

Working in the earth keeps a Friend grounded.

Katie Green is a member and past clerk of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. She is a storyteller, teacher, and grandmother. Katie taught First-day school in Worcester and edited the Worcester Meeting newsletter. She and her husband, Phil Stone, also attend Clearwater Meeting in Dunedin, Fla.


Posted in: Earthcare, September 2017
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The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist

By Marcus Rediker. Beacon Press, 2017. 194 pages. $26.95/hardcover; $25.99/eBook. Should readers choose to read this compelling biography—and those who see this review are hereby forewarned not to deny themselves that experience—they should approach it carefully, wearing asbestos gloves. It glows red hot, both in subject matter and its author’s approach. Let’s deal with the […]

Larry Ingle is an historian of Quakerism whose most recent publication is Nixon’s First Cover-up: The Religious Life of a Quaker President. A member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, he is retired from the history department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Posted in: Books, September 2017, September 2017 Books
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Discovering Humor in the Bible: An Explorer’s Guide

By Howard R. Macy. Cascade Books, 2016. 140 pages. $19/paperback or eBook. Quakers have a tradition dating back at least to the mid-twentieth century of writing gently comedic books. Jessamyn West filled her 1945 The Friendly Persuasion with homespun humor (think of Jess hiding the forbidden piano in his attic), and Elton Trueblood‘s 1964 The […]

Diane Reynolds is a member of Stillwater Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, and a former member of Patapsco Meeting in Ellicott City, Md.


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Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

By Anne Lamott. Riverhead Books, 2017. 176 pages. $20/hardcover; $22/paperback; $10.99/eBook. “I’m not sure I even recognize the ever-presence of mercy anymore, the divine and the human: the messy, crippled, transforming, heartbreaking, lovely, devastating presence of mercy. But I have come to believe that I am starving to death for it, and my world is, […]

Carl Blumenthal attends Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, September 2017, September 2017 Books
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Among Friends: Understanding Death through Life

Our introduction to the August issue on The Art of Dying and the Afterlife.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal. Email: [email protected]


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