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The Solace of History: Reflections on Quakers and the Environment

Sometimes I feel painfully out鈥恛f鈥恠tep with the world around me. Perhaps I鈥檇 have fit in better in some other era, [鈥

Ellen M. Ross, president of the Friends Historical Association, is associate professor and chair of religion at Swarthmore College. She is a member of Swarthmore (Pa.) Meeting. Academic citations for this article can be found on the Friends Journal website.

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Faith of the Magi

Often overlooked in its importance, God鈥檚 revelation of Christ鈥檚 birth to the Magi is a significant theological event that provides [鈥

Byron Anderson is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. While attending seminary, Byron became interested in first-century Middle Eastern religion and culture. This interest led to his writing the novel, Quest for Light—Adventure of the Magi (2010).

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Extracting Truth from Power: A Tale of Two Quaker Ladies

In March, 1979, Beverly Hess of Lancaster (Pa.) Meeting, along with her husband Dick, was preparing to head to Philadelphia [鈥

Robert Neuhauser is a member of Lancaster (Pa.) Meeting.

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Inspiration From Quaker Women of the Past

I have received much inspiration and encouragement from the stories of earlier Quaker women who were willing to take the [鈥

Marcelle Martin is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. She leads retreats and workshops related to spiritual life and is completing a book telling the story of the communal shift of consciousness made by early Friends.

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Little Girl, Wake Up

My granddaughter Abby sometimes likes me to tell her stories about Jesus. She is four, so I keep them simple [鈥

Rebecca Ankeny has worked as an English professor and administrator since 1986, and at George Fox University since 1988. In January 2012, she will become the General Superintendent of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. She and her husband Mark have two daughters and sons-in-law and three granddaughters. She is a member of Newberg (Oregon) Friends Church and her interests include music, soccer, reading, preaching, and writing.

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Quaker Women I Have Known

鈥淭he women in my family do things,鈥 said John Foster, the Quaker man I had just met in India. Much [鈥

Georgana (Falb) Foster has been a member of Mt. Toby Friends Meeting in Leverett, Mass., for half a century. She has presented workshops on early New England Quaker women at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting, and has written a number of local histories. She is an independent scholar of South Asian studies, collecting folk and pop art about goddesses of India.

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Manzanar: A Japanese Camp

Manzanar means apple orchard in Spanish. There was a significant community in Owens Valley on the east side of the [鈥

Grace Ito Coan is a member of Sacramento (Calif.) Friends Meeting.

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Restoring the Golden Rule

Remember the Golden Rule? In 1958 when retired U.S. Navy Captain Albert Bigelow tried to sail this 30鈥恌oot boat to [鈥

Jane Braxton Little, a member of Gwynedd (Pa.) Meeting, writes about people, politics, and natural resource issues.

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A Great People To Be Gathered: The View From Pendle Hill

In the olden days, when I was here, Quakers did not applaud at lectures. Remember those days? I was asked [鈥

Parker J. Palmer lived and worked at Pendle Hill as a student, dean, teacher, and writer-in-residence from 1974 to 1985. He is the author of nine books including A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Active Life, The Courage to Teach, and Healing the Heart of Democracy (forthcoming), and is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal.

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The Birth of Pendle Hill

Over the past two years, I have drawn great inspiration from learning more about the founding of Pendle Hill. The [鈥

Lauri Perman has been executive director of Pendle Hill since 2007. Before coming to Pendle Hill, she was associate head of the Sociology Department and assistant dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University. She has extensive expertise with regard to socially responsible employment practices and has published work on workplace diversity and discrimination. A member of State College (Pa.) Meeting, she served as presiding clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting from 2004 to 2007. This article is based on remarks she delivered during Pendle Hill's 80th anniversary celebration in November 2010.

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