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Surprised by Joy

A family tragedy unleashes a flood of unexpected emotions and lessons.

Kat Griffith is a member of Winnebago Worship Group in east central Wisconsin, a high school teacher, and former homeschooler. She has previously written for Friends Journal about Northern Yearly Meeting's relationship with Salvadoran Friends and "Conversations from the Heartland," a series of discussions with conservative Christian homeschooling friends.

An earlier version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of What Canst Thou Say?


Posted in: Features, February 2019
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Expectant Visions of a Christian Anarchist

Have Friends lost our willingness to be countercultural?

Zae Asa Illo (formerly David Breitzmann) serves on the Ministry and Oversight Committee of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting. He co-founded the weekly #FridayFoodSharing (2014), streetDoves (nonviolent, civilian-based defense training, 2017), Uplifted (a digital pacifist newsletter, 2018), and has met monthly with an oversight committee since 2016. He is in discernment for application to seminary and has finished the initial draft for his first collection of poetry.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Author Jeff Rasley first came to Indianpolis's First Friends Meeting seeking fiscal sponsorship for small-scale development projects in the Basa area of Nepal His first experience of a Quaker worship service le him to think First Friends might fill another, more personal desire.

A Space for Doubt

When religious services are stripped of doctrinal claims, doubters and skeptics can participate with greater integrity.

Jeff Rasley is a retired attorney who serves on the boards of six nonprofit organizations. He has taught classes at Butler and Marian Universities about culturally sensitive development in agrarian communities. He is a regular attender of Indianapolis (Ind.) First Friends Meeting.


Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
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Beech tree roots, <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1846713">Creative Commons 漏 by Stephen Craven</a>.

Quaker Christian Ways and Roots

Returning to a comprehensive Christianity of behavior and belief.

Donne Hayden is a recorded minister and convinced Friend (convinced that all the first Friends were convinced Friends!). She served seven years as minister at Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting and is still a member. She retired in 2015 and currently works part-time for Wilmington Yearly Meeting as office administrator.


Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity
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Photo by David Shankbone, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christian_living_books_by_David_Shankbone.jpg">via Wikimedia</a>.

How Am I a Christian?

Will others see us as Christians by our love?

Douglas C. Bennett served as president of Earlham College from 1997 to 2011. Now retired, he is a member of Durham (Maine) Meeting.


Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity
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Sweet Baby Jesus

The present鈥恡ense verbs of George Fox.

A convinced Friend since 1982, Patricia Wild is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), where she serves on its Ministry and Counsel and Prison Fellowship Group. Her latest "book, _WellingUp.net_, is an interactive, experimental website that tells a Quaker novel online using podcasts and supplementary materials and links.


Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity
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From the 1932 edition of <i>The journal and essays of John Woolman, edited by Amelia M. Gummere. <a href="https://archive.org/details/journalessaysofj00wool/page/n7">Via Internet Archive</a>.

Learning from John Woolman, as a Christian Quaker

A passage from John Woolman鈥檚 Journal gives a Friend the language for describing her new sense of empowerment.

Helene Pollock has participated in all branches of Friends during her 40 years of association with Friends. Her primary Quaker community at this time is the extended worship community that meets in the Philadelphia area. She is the former director of Quaker Affairs at Haverford College.


Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity
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You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

By Caroline Paul, illustrated by Lauren Tamaki. Bloomsbury Children鈥檚 Books, 2018. 128 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $12.59/eBook. Recommended for ages 9 and [鈥

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting, storytellers, and coauthors of Earthcare for Children.


Posted in: December 2018 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews, Quakers and Christianity
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Genesis: Outer Space and Inner Light

Outer space and Inner Light

John A. Minahan is head of the English department at Lincoln School in Providence, R.I., where he also teaches courses in psychology and in world religions. John is the author of three books and has a doctorate in literature from Brown University. He has been a college professor, professional musician, and stay-at-home father.


Posted in: Books That Have Changed Us, Features
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If I Had Grown In Some Generous Place

FJ Poetry: 鈥淚f I had grown in some generous place鈥斺 馃敀 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ [鈥

Kat Griffith lives in聽Ripon, Wisc.


Posted in: Books That Have Changed Us, Poetry
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