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Among Friends: Understanding Death through Life

Our introduction to the August issue on The Art of Dying and the Afterlife.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal. Email: [email protected]


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A Simple State of Being That Never Truly Dies

Moving toward death is its own kind of expectant worship. 🔒 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 Quaker information: […]

Robert Stephen Dicken is a member of First Friends Meeting in New Castle, Ind. He retired from teaching high school English in 2002. His retirement days consist of reading, writing, drawing, almost completing honey-do lists, and entertaining grandchildren.


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"The Canaanite Woman," from the Tres Riches Heurers du Duc de Berry, Folio 1644. The Conde Museum, Chantilly.

The Woman Who Refused to Take “No” for an Answer

Testimonies of equality and community in early Christianity.

Bill and his wife, Pat, are members of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Potsdam, N.Y. (under the care of Ottawa Meeting in Ontario, Canada). He taught biological and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston from 1975 to 2004, including courses in violence prevention and spiritual aspects of health.


Posted in: Reflection, The Art of Dying
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Gospel—The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary—Jesus Spirituality for Everyone

Translated by Thomas Moore. Skylight Paths Publishing, 2016. 224 pages. $29.99/hardcover; $19.99/paperback; $19.95/eBook. The other day over lunch, I told a friend that I had been asked to review the Gospel of Matthew. He promptly snorted his soup and started laughing. “What? Are you going to say ‘It’ll never sell’?” He has a point. Even […]

Rob Pierson is a member of Albuquerque (N.M.) Meeting, where he currently clerks Adult Education and leads occasional Bible studies. He is a graduate of the Master of Ministry program at Earlham School of Religion and secretly enjoyed his required advanced exegesis work on the Gospel According to Matthew.


Posted in: June/July 2017 Books, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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Traversing a State of Truth

Part two of “Ohio Yearly Meeting Gathering and Quaker Spring.”

John Andrew Gallery is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. He is the author of Living in the Kingdom of God. For more information go to johnandrewgallery.com. Susan Smith is a member of Rockingham Meeting near Harrisonburg, Va., part of Ohio Yearly Meeting.


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Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us

By Shane Claiborne. HarperOne, 2016. 320 pages. $17.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook. [Buy on Quakerbooks] “There is a contagion of violence in the world; it’s spreading like a disease. But grace is also contagious.” —Shane Claiborne Grace is that “absurd gift,” unbidden, upon me suddenly, an overwhelming desire to extend generosity and kindness to everyone, forcing me to […]

Bill and Pat Mueller are members of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Ottawa (Canadian Yearly Meeting). They edit a monthly inspirational “Inlook-Outlook Letter,” part of their meeting’s prison ministry. Bill can be contacted at [email protected].


Posted in: Books, March 2017 Books, Race and Anti-Racism
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Making a Portrait of Jesus

By John Lampen. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 441), 2016. 33 pages. $7/pamphlet. Many have found their way to the Religious Society of Friends via a journey that did not include learning about Jesus in Sunday school. Who was Jesus and what was it like in his time and place? Where can I find a short […]

Brad Sheeks is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting and with his wife, Patricia McBee, has moved to Newtown, Pa., to enjoy retirement and live closer to daughter, Jennie, and her family.


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Who Is My Neighbor?

Can we reject unacceptable actions and still find ways to touch those neighbors in pain? 🔒 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 […]

Ellie Beach lives in Hiram, Ohio.


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Among Friends: Giving Light in the Darkness

Introduction to our issue on Giving and Philanthropy

Gabriel Ehri is executive director of Friends Journal.


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America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America

By Jim Wallis. Brazos Press, 2016. 272 pages. $21.99/hardcover or eBook. This book is as good a summary of the history and nature of racism as I have read. It is contemporary both in covering current events of racial violence and in using up-to-date terminology such as “white fragility” and “implicit racism,” terms necessary to […]

Patience A. Schenck is a member of Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Working Group on Racism. She is also a member of the Annapolis Human Relations Commission.


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