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Letters from our readers. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library of Quaker聽information: every聽Friends Journal ever published, going back […]

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Facing Fascism, McCarthyism, and the New Jim Crow in 2017

The times we find ourselves in are extremely serious.

Laura Magnani is director of AFSC鈥檚 Bay Area Healing Justice Program and has worked on criminal justice issues for over 35 years. She wrote America鈥檚 First Penitentiary: A 200 Year Old Failure and coauthored Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System. She is a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, Calif.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Features
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Tracking Down Ecological Guidance: Presence, Beauty, Survival

By Keith Helmuth. Chapel Street Editions, 2015. 243 pages. $20/paperback. In the first chapter of Tracking Down Ecological Guidance, Keith Helmuth describes his experience of flying six miles above the Amazon on a moonlit night, and how what he saw鈥攂oth the beauty and the destruction鈥攈as been forever imprinted in his mind and heart. This book […]

Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


Posted in: February 2016, February 2016 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Milestones December 2015

Births, deaths, and marriages among Friends. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library of Quaker聽information: every聽Friends Journal ever published, […]

Deaths, births, and marriages.


Posted in: December 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty, Milestones
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Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis

By Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler, and A. J. Swoboda. Baker Academic, 2014. 255 pages. $26.99/paperback or eBook. Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology has an excellent and inspiring foreword by Bill McKibben, and will be of particular interest to Friends since its authors are teachers of earthcare and religion at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, […]

Jim Kessler is a member of Grinnell Friends Church (FUM) in Grinnell, Iowa, and teaches environmental biology at Iowa Valley Community College鈥揋rinnell. Jim speaks often to secular and faith-based groups about the importance of reintroducing native plantings into human-altered landscapes, and with his wife, Kathy, has restored native habitat on the 30 acres where they live.


Posted in: October 2015 Books, October 2015: Faithful Living, Quaker Book Reviews
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Friends Journal looks at war

60th Anniversary: Even in its first year, Friends Journal remembered the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ten years earlier. And, as might be expected, there was a lot written about the Vietnam War and opposition to it during the 1970s.

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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

By Karen Armstrong. Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. 512 pages. $30/hardcover; $16.95/paperback; $14.99/eBook. The world is still recoiling from the Charlie Hebdo massacre and ensuing anti-Semitic violence in Paris as I write this review. President Obama has recently reminded us of the various slaughters occasioned by the Crusades. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is about to go on trial […]

Douglas Bennett is president emeritus of Earlham College. He is a member of First Friends Richmond in the New Association of Friends, the group recently set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting. He lives in Maine and worships at Durham (Maine) Meeting.


Posted in: June/July 2015 Books, June/July 2015: Activists vs Mystics vs Pragmatists, Quaker Book Reviews
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Quaker Bestsellers 2013

From the 2013 FGC Gathering in Greeley, Colorado

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Bayard Rustin at Swarthmore College

Bayard Rustin鈥檚 spiritual depth has been widely overlooked and deserves to be brought back to our attention.

Newton Garver is a 1951 graduate of Swarthmore聽College, a member of Buffalo (N.Y.)聽Meeting, and President of the Bolivian Quaker聽Education Fund. He lives with his wife聽Anneliese in East Concord N.Y., where Bayard聽visited them a couple of times.


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Growing Up in Germany During World War II

We had not heard from my Uncle Helmut in years: 鈥渓ost in action,鈥 we were told. Then one day in 1948 he showed up on our doorstep in Hamburg, looking haggard and lost. He had been in a prisoner of war camp in Siberia. I was 17 at the time; Helmut was about 24. . […]

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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