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New England Yearly Meeting Friends Explore Their Relationship with Friends United Meeting

At its 2011 annual sessions in August, New England Yearly Meeting held a panel discussion to advance Friends’ discernment of […]


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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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Common Threads

In an online sermon Honoring our Theological Diversity, Unitarian Universalist minister Susan Manker‐Seale says, “Long, long ago, high on a […]

Paul Ricketts attends Fort Wayne (Ind.) Meeting. He serves on the Religious Education Committee of Friends General Conference and on the Program Committee of the Third World Coalition of American Friends Service Committee.


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Restoring the Golden Rule

Remember the Golden Rule? In 1958 when retired U.S. Navy Captain Albert Bigelow tried to sail this 30‐foot boat to […]

Jane Braxton Little, a member of Gwynedd (Pa.) Meeting, writes about people, politics, and natural resource issues.


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Friends and the Understanding of Reason and Equality

[That] man, as he is a rational creature, hath reason as a natural faculty of his soul, by which he […]

Caroline Whitbeck, a member of Northampton (Mass.) Meeting, was trained as an analytical philosopher and is a professor emerita of Ethics at Case Western Reserve University.


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Ritual, Symbol, and Ceremony

The attraction and staying power of religious tradition rests largely in the appeal of ritual, symbol, and ceremony. Quakerism—and other […]

Keith Helmuth, a member of New Brunswick Monthly Meeting in Canada, is one of the founders of Quaker Institute for the Future.


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Lancaster (Pa.) Meeting’s Public Apology to Native Americans

The year 2010 marked the 300th anniversary of the first permanent European settlement in what was to become Lancaster County, […]

Thomas Gates is a member of Lancaster (Pa.) Meeting, where he is active on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee.


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Letters to Dear John

Reading John Woolman’s autobiography made me curious about how I would respond to his gentle but challenging ministry for fellow […]

Marsha Green is a member of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Meeting and serves on the Board of Trustees for Carolina Friends School. She and her husband, Michael, serve as Couple Enrichment Leaders for Friends General Conference.


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Reflections on Clerking a Quaker Committee

Soon after I became involved in the Quaker faith, I was told that anytime Quakers meet, it is a meeting […]

Storm Evans is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia. She became a convinced Quaker six years ago, and has clerked or co-clerked three different committees at her meeting. She is a computer consultant to lawyers in the work-a-day world and an avid quilter.


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Thoughts about food at Gatherings

I have a concern that has been growing for several years about one element of our time together at FGC […]


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