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Vibrant Meetings Grow the Religious Society of Friends

In 2007, Friends World Committee for Consultation reported 35,413 unprogrammed Friends, about one鈥恡enth of 1 percent of the U.S. population. [鈥

Lynn Fitz-Hugh is a member of Eastside Meeting in Bellevue, Wash. She is also a therapist and a mother. She is part of Friends General Conference's Traveling Ministry Program.

Posted in: 2008, Features, May 2008
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Harry鈥檚 Light

The diagnosis came into our world shattering our stability, our plans, and our future. The gentle, soft鈥恠poken doctor explained to [鈥

Dorsy Hill was a member of the Mennonite Church for many years and now considers herself a Quaker. She occasionally attends Mountain View (Colo.) Meeting.

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Please respect the need for privacy

Every year, I eagerly await the Gathering. It is the one week of the year that is completely mine. I [鈥

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Unpalatable Truths

I thought I knew the costs of war. They had fueled my outrage over the arrogance, the ignorance, and the [鈥

Burton Housman, a veteran of World War II, was sent by his church to help the Japanese rebuild after the war. When he held in his hands evidence of the damage from the aerial bombing he helped cause, he resolved to become a part of a church that sought alternatives to violence. He has been a Friend for 50 years in four yearly meetings. He is now a member of La Jolla (Calif.) Meeting and serves on the Discipline Committee of Pacific Yearly Meeting.

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What Are Schools For?

Quakers can advocate for alternatives to the dominant U.S. education paradigm that is based on industrial and military ideals of [鈥

Thomas B. Farquhar, the head of Westtown School, is a member of Westtown (Pa.) meeting.

Posted in: Features, January 2001
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A Sacred Walk: Parenting as a Way to God

Nothing has taught me more about the constancy of God鈥檚 presence and continuing creation than being a parent. From the [鈥

Lucy Duncan is a member of Goshen Meeting in Goshenville, Pa. She serves Friends General Conference as associate secretary for programs and the bookstore. She is also co-clerk of Quakers United in Publications. Lucy lives with her husband, Graham, and son, Simon, in the caretaker's house of Friends Southwestern Burial Ground in Upper Darby, Pa. Lucy has been a platform storyteller since 1983.

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Love and Accountability

I started thinking about issues of responsibility for people with progressive, long鈥恡erm disabilities because of my friend Teddie. (For Teddie [鈥

Diane Pasta and her spouse, Lex Bumm, have relocated from Salmon Bay Meeting in Seattle, Wash., to Palo Alto Meeting in Calif., where Diane is near her mother, brother, and nephew. She loves her daily morning routine of writing, swimming outdoors, and doing The New York Times crossword puzzle. A retired middle school math teacher, Diane tutors part-time.

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Nozuko鈥檚 Story

Fall 1999, Singisi, South Africa It鈥檚 an ordinary autumn day. The chilling wind announces the impending arrival of winter, snapping [鈥

Susan Winters Cook is a former member of Mullica Hill (N.J.) Meeting. From 1981 to 1997 she was a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Daily News. She traveled to South Africa several times between 1988 and 1994 on her own, partially funded by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, to document Quaker development and empowerment activities as a response to apartheid and then during the intense time of transition from apartheid to democracy. She began documenting the HIV/AIDS situation in 1995, then returned to South Africa in 1997 permanently. She started a provincial-based AIDS education periodical Ubomi (Xhosa for "Life") in 1997 out of a realization that "the people who needed the information the most were those most at risk—and that was the rural poor." She writes: "The real tragedy of AIDS in South Africa for me was, having seen what the parents endured and sacrificed to ensure a better future for their children, to discover that many of those young people would not live to accept that gift of freedom."

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Friends Neighborhood Guild: A Quaker Presence in Philadelphia

The Beginnings In 1879, as an expression of concern for their new immigrant neighbors, Friends in the Northern Liberties section [鈥

Pamela Haines, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, has been on the board of Friends Neighborhood Guild since 1995. Also a writer, some of her essays appear at http://pamelascolumn.blogspot.com.

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A Visit to Kamenge AIDS Clinic

On January 19, 2005, I visited the Kamenge aids clinic in Bujumbura, Burundi. The program is run by Friends Women鈥檚 [鈥

David Zarembka is coordinator of African Great Lakes Initiative of Friends Peace Teams. A member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting, he is sojourning at St. Louis (Mo.) Meeting.

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