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The Transformation of a Small Quaker Library

Bringing a new sense of purpose to an underused meeting library. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of […]

Ruth McNeill is a member of Corvallis (Ore.) Meeting. She is a retired preschool and elementary school teacher, an amateur weaver, and an amateur writer.


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FJ Poetry: The hospice nurse was shaving his slack jaw when we arrived… 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online […]

Tina Schumann lives in Seattle, Wash.


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The Gathered Meeting

By Steven Davison. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 444), 2017. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. The first time I read Steven Davison’s pamphlet my heart leapt and I said, “Yes!” The second time I read it, I wept. Why the difference? The first time I united with Davison’s proclamation that the gathered meeting is “one of the great […]

Marty Grundy, now a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting (New England Yearly Meeting), attended the Quaker consultation of 1991, serving as a “participant observer.”


Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners

By Bruxy Cavey. Herald Press, 2017. 207 pages. $21.99/hardcover; $18.99/eBook. This book has a conversational writing style that made me chuckle, even as there was no doubt how committed Cavey is to his subject matter. It’s interesting that no sooner did I start wincing at his use of the pronouns “him” and “his” for God […]

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Live Like You Give a Damn!: Join the Changemaking Celebration

By Tom Sine. Cascade Books, 2016. 195 pages. $24/paperback; $9.99/eBook. The acorn, you may say, can be very afraid when it realizes that it must give up its home and identity (in fact, its shell) in order to become a mighty oak. What a cute story to ponder. When it applies to me, though, it’s […]

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Charles S. Thompson

Thompson—Charles S. Thompson, 89, on April 16, 2017, at home in Queens, N.Y. Charles was born on July 13, 1927, in Middletown, N.Y. He moved to New York City in his teens. Charles and his wife, Catherine Gross, lived in Queens and Columbia County, N.Y. They had three children. He left the Protestant church in […]

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Robert L. West

West—Robert L. West, 87, on July 8, 2017, at home in LaGrangeville, N.Y., with his family close by. Bob was born on September 7, 1929, in Peekskill, N.Y., to Maude Townsend and Robert West. He graduated from Peekskill High School, and after his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Union College (Schenectady) in 1951, he worked […]

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Voyagers

FJ poetry: “On the road south toward home / a chevron of geese crosses…” 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest […]

Linda Rabben lives in Takoma Park, Md.


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Lilli de Jong

By Janet Benton. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2017. 335 pages. $26.95/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Lilli de Jong, a historical work of fiction set in late nineteenth-century Philadelphia, is the debut novel of Janet Benton. Lilli is a young Quaker and a teacher at a Friends school who loses her mother and turns to a young man in her […]

Danielle Hoffman is a former intern and assistant editor, and currently an editorial volunteer, at Friends Journal.


Posted in: Books, Conscience, October 2017 Books
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Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

By Traci Smith. Chalice Press, 2017. 211 pages. $19.99/paperback or eBook. It’s not uncommon to be aware of the sacredness of the ordinary, such as daily life with children. As we know, children experience openings and have powerful spiritual experiences at times. Faithful Families, a new and expanded version of the 2014 title Seamless Faith, […]

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