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A 1953 painting by Cliff Young depicting the disenfranchisement of the Friends at the election of 1733 on Saint Paul's green. Photo courtesy of Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site.
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The Great Election of 1733

An election 283 years ago paved the way for religious freedom in America.

David Osborn is the site manager of Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon, N.Y. A version of the first part of this article appeared on the National Park Service’s website in 2007; it is reprinted here with permission from Saint Paul’s Church.

Posted in: History, January 2016: Quakers and the Political Process
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Talk Less, Do More

Are Friends really addressing issues of poverty in our communities? The answers are disconcerting; they bring up so many more […]

J. Jondhi Harrell is a writer, public speaker, community activist, and organizer. After serving 25 years in federal custody, he founded the Center for Returning Citizens to help formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into the community. He is a member of Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa, and co-clerk of the meeting’s Peace and Social Justice Committee.

Posted in: December 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty, Features
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A Continuing Miracle in North Philadelphia

Partnering history and a neighborhood.

Jean Hurd serves on the board of Historic Fair Hill and is passionate about improving the educational lives of children in our neediest communities. She is an attender at Chestnut Hill Meeting in the northwest section of Philadelphia, Pa.

Posted in: December 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty, Features
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26 Weekends at Columbia County Jail

A jailed Quaker chronicles the stories behind the bars of mass incarceration. Includes video author interview.

Joseph Olejak is an attender at Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting. He discovered Quaker principles when he met his long-time friend Peter Miles at age 16 while hiking in Copake Falls, N.Y. Peter taught English at George School and introduced him to the work of Kurt Vonnegut. Joseph is a chiropractor by training.

Posted in: Features, March 2015
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Listening with the Eyes

Photography as contemplative practice.

Peter West Nutting is a member of Vassalboro (Maine) Meeting. After 35 years of teaching German and French, he is now a freelance translator. Besides photography, his passions are gardening, hiking, winter sports, and managing his tree farm. His photographs may be viewed at www.franklintreephoto.com.

This article is about the author's experience at the 2013 FGC Gathering leading a workshop called "Photography as a Contemplative Practice." All photographs were taken by the workshop participants throughout the week of Gathering.

Posted in: Art, Features, September 2013
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How Green Are Quakers?

Quaker Earthcare Survey Results Last summer at Friends General Conference Gathering in Iowa, we at Quaker Earthcare Witness had our first […]

John Fletcher is a member of Norman (Okla.) Meeting and serves on the steering committee of Quaker Earthcare Witness.

Posted in: August 2012: Sustainable Travel, Departments
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Heron Reflections

On the road home from the wedding of Muriel Bishop and Douglas Summers, reunited after many years apart, a beautiful, […]

Caroline Balderston Parry, a member of Ottawa (Ont.) Meeting, is seeking a publisher for a book-length collection of Heron Reflections.

Posted in: Features, March 2001
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