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Forum, March 2018

Letters and commentary from our readers.

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Author's quilt. Courtesy of the author.

Quilting as Ministry

Quilting as healing at a Quaker Voluntary Service house.

Kayla Schneider-Smith is a 2016-17 Portland QVS fellow who has served both with New City Initiative, an organization that aims to end the cycle of homelessness through faith community involvement, and Urban Gleaners, a food re-purposing organization that fights childhood hunger in Oregon.

Posted in: Features, February 2018
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Popular resistance by Ryan Rodrick Beiller/AFSC

News February 2018

News of Friends: Statement from AFSC on being banned from work in Israel; Remembering Muted Voices symposium; Quakers in Britain denounce recognition of Jerusalem; Friends celebrate World Quaker Day. 🔒 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 […]

Posted in: February 2018, News
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The author with his wife and child in a tent.

Farm and Community

Life on a small vegetable farm.

Craig Jensen likes board games, comic books, and the bread that his wife bakes, but time with his son, Fox, is his favorite thing in the world. He grows beautiful dahlias and would like to spend all of his winter making toys. He is a member of Monadnock Meeting in Jaffrey, N.H.

Posted in: Features, Quaker Lifestyles
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Bulbs being planted in a garden.

Being Vegetarian is a Climate Issue

A Friend’s bumpy path toward a lifestyle that’s lighter on the Earth. 🔒 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 […]

Lynn Fitz-Hugh is a climate activist, parent, psychotherapist, and vegetarian. She belongs to Eastside Meeting in Bellevue, Wash.

Posted in: Quaker Lifestyles
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Simple Living Beyond the Thrift Store

Finding a balance between personal and political strategies for simple living.

Philip Harnden is a member of Syracuse (N.Y.) Meeting. He has served on the board of Right Sharing of World Resources and as American Friends Service Committee鈥檚 liaison with the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. He wrote the Pendle Hill pamphlet Letting That Go, Keeping This: The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Fritz Eichenberg.

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How Far Can We Take Thou Shalt Not Judge?

Can we examine our judgements and find reasons to understand?

Rebecca Payne is a member of Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Mich. She works for the State of Michigan. She is on the board of the Greater Lansing Peace Education Center and edits the Peace Notes newsletter.

Posted in: Online Features, September 2017
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All photos taken in Katie and Phil's garden. Courtesy of the author.

Earthcare: Finding God in the Garden

Working in the earth keeps a Friend grounded.

Katie Green is a member and past clerk of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. She is a storyteller, teacher, and grandmother. Katie taught First-day school in Worcester and edited the Worcester Meeting newsletter. She and her husband, Phil Stone, also attend Clearwater Meeting in Dunedin, Fla.

Posted in: Earthcare, September 2017
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The author (center) with her sister Bonnie (left) and mother. Photo taken a few months before Bonnie's death. Photo courtesy of the author.

Weeping to Joy

God heals in unexpected ways.

Betsy Blake builds websites and communication strategies for companies and organizations trying to do good in the world. Her photojournalism work was recently featured on CNN and NBC news. Betsy lives in Greensboro, N.C., and is a member of First Friends Meeting. Learn more about Betsy at betsyblake.com.


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Posted in: Features, The Art of Dying
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Consensus Decision Making in Eusocial Organisms

Learning disruption and resilience from ants and bees.

Barbara Dale graduated from Earlham College in Indiana with a major in biology in 2015. She participated in Quaker Voluntary Service in Philadelphia, Pa., from 2015 to 2016, and currently works in development for a Quaker values-based affordable housing organization. She lives cooperatively with seven humans in West Philadelphia.

Posted in: Features, June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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