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On Being Good

Opening up those parts of ourselves we keep in the shadows.

Sharon Goens-Bradley works for the American Friends Service Committee and is the Healing Justice Program director in the Twin Cities office in Minnesota. Sharon has a master's degree in counseling psychology and has worked as a mediator, circle keeper, and restorative justice practitioner. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and daughter.

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Growing Up in Germany During World War II

We had not heard from my Uncle Helmut in years: “lost in action,” we were told. Then one day in […]

Erika Muhlenberg is a member of Kendal Meeting in Kennett Square, Pa. Born in Hamburg, Germany, as a teenager she emigrated to the United States.

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Healing, and Bindweed

I’ve been thinking about healing, and about bindweed, recently. I have been mentally ill for 32 years. In the last […]

Mariellen Gilpin is an editor of What Canst Thou Say?—a newsletter for Quakers who have mystical experiences or practice contemplative prayer (http://www.whatcanstthousay.org). She is a member of Urbana-Champaign (Ill.) Meeting.

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One German’s Response to What My Nation Did in World War II

Two weeks after I first moved from Germany to Los Angeles in 2002 to study theology, a fellow seminarian asked […]

Jochen Strack, a member of Orange Grove Meeting in Pasadena, Calif., serves with his wife as resident Friends at the meeting. He grew up in Munich, Germany. After starting a career in business and receiving a degree in marketing and empirical research, he pursued a theological seminary education in Munich, Honolulu, and Los Angeles. He finds that the approach of process theology relates particularly well to his identity as a Quaker. From 2003 to 2007 he served as a program associate for American Friends Service Committee in Los Angeles, working in a variety of programs. He is currently studying to be a nurse practitioner and works as a cardiac step-down nurse at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Los Angeles.

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Left in Darkness

There was something about the way the new green had sprouted precisely in the middle of my garden. The garden […]

Holly Cedar, a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting, is studying for a Master's of Divinity at Earlham School of Religion. She is planning to start an internship in clinical pastoral education, preparing to be a chaplain. This is a portion of a larger work for which she is currently seeking a publisher.

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The Miracle of Death

On May 10, 2006, my wife and partner of a quarter century, Deborah “Misty” Gerner, who was under treatment for […]

Philip Schrodt was a regular attender, and Deborah Gerner a member, of Oread Meeting in Lawrence, Kans. Details on Deborah Gerner's life, and an extended set of emails detailing her experience with metastatic breast cancer, can be found at her memorial website, http://deborahgerner.org.

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Listening to Lincoln

Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the Nation’s wounds, to care for […]

Burton Housman is a member of La Jolla (Calif.) Meeting and serves on the Discipline Committee of Pacific Yearly Meeting. He became a Friend after seeing firsthand in Japan the bombing destruction for which he bore some responsibility while serving in World War II. He is also an Armed Services YMCA family support volunteer at Naval Medical Center San Diego, which treats and provides rehabilitation for combat casualties from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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My Year of Cancer

At a recent gathering of Friends, the discussion leader asked us each to describe a joy we had brought with […]

Paul Hamell is a member and current co-clerk of Ridgewood (N.J.) Meeting. He is a retired police lieutenant and a volunteer emergency medical technician. He is currently working on his second novel while searching for a publisher for his first one.

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A Quaker Koan: How Can I Help without Doing Anything to Help?

A koan is a Buddhist mechanism for opening to a larger reality by presenting a situation that cannot possibly be […]

Elizabeth Barnard is a member of Twin Cities Meeting in St. Paul, Minn.

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Rwanda: Escaping the Victim‐Abuser‐Rescuer Triangle

There is that of God in each of us. This is a fundamental tenet of Quaker faith. But perhaps there […]

Laura Shipler Chico is an independent consultant specializing in post-conflict reconstruction, trauma recovery, and interethnic conflict resolution. She lived in Rwanda for two years working through the African Great Lakes Initiative (AGLI) with survivors and perpetrators of the genocide. Her upcoming publication, Assisting Survivors of Human Trafficking: Multicultural Case Studies, will appear in early 2009. She currently lives in London and attends Westminster Friends Meeting.

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