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Wanted: A Network of Soul Connection

How do we build faith communities where we really know one another?

Francine Brocious attends Schuylkill Meeting in Phoenixville, Pa. Her interests include singing, psychology, spirituality, dance, improv, lifelong learning, and sharing her voice through writing. She cherishes and seeks more authentic, repeated human connections; deep talks; and spontaneous expressions of laughter, play, and joy. She can be reached at [email protected].

Posted in: Features, The State of Quaker Institutions
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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

By David W. Blight. Simon & Schuster, 2018. 912 pages. $37.50/hardcover; $22/paperback; $14.99/eBook.

Jerry Mizell Williams is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and book reviews on colonial Latin America.

Posted in: April 2020 Book Reviews, Quaker Book Reviews, The State of Quaker Institutions
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World of Trouble: A Philadelphia Quaker Family’s Journey through the American Revolution

By Richard Godbeer. Yale University Press, 2019. 480 pages. $38/hardcover or eBook.

Larry Ingle is a member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting and clerk of the meeting’s Space Expansion Committee. He is writing on Jessamyn West and Whittaker Chambers, and thinking about Rufus Jones.

Posted in: April 2020 Book Reviews, Quaker Book Reviews, The State of Quaker Institutions
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Nancy Fitts Donaldson

Donaldson—Nancy Fitts Donaldson, 93, on September 26, 2019, at White Horse Village in Newtown Square, Pa. Nancy was born on […]

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Ione Dusinberre

Dusinberre—Ione Dusinberre, of Sandy Spring, Md., 89, on August 9, 2019, of age‐related conditions. Ione was born on August 2, […]

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Rose Marie Lewis

Lewis—Rose Marie Lewis, 85, on May 28, 2019. Rose was born on January 17, 1934, on a homestead near Ontario, […]

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Michele Shanklin Avery

Avery—Michele Shanklin Avery, 67, on October 2, 2018, in West Chester, Pa. Chel was born on April 2, 1951, in […]

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Timothy Andrew Wohlforth

Wohlforth—Timothy Andrew Wohlforth, 86, on August 23, 2019, at home in Ashland, Ore., peacefully. Tim was born on May 15, […]

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Writing Opp: Membership and Friends (due 3/19/2020)

Membership and Friends: Who’s a “real Quaker” and who isn’t? What does it mean for someone to join and what […]

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal.

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The Importance of Noise During Silent Worship

Sometimes we need the buses, dogs, and loud neighbors to enter the deepest silence of the meetinghouse.

Ben Handy is a member of Frankford Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He has a boring job and a lovely family. He mostly spends his free time trying to figure out where he put his glasses, and why he can never seem to get anything done.

Posted in: Features, February 2020
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