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Reflection: Where Were You Born?

We have more in common than we might first imagine.

Sonali Kumar was raised in San Diego, Calif. After attending a few Quaker meetings, she did a year of Quaker Voluntary Service, working at Friends General Conference. Now she works with domestic violence victims in Las Cruces, N.M., as part of Border Servant Corps, and attends Las Cruces Meeting.

Posted in: June/July 2016: Almost Quaker, Reflection
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Being Autistic at Summer Gathering

An overload of auditory and visual stimuli threatens a Friend’s participation.

Veronica Berg is a social work student, minoring in Deaf studies at the University of Southern Maine. They sporadically attend Portland (Maine) Meeting and also worship at High Street UCC in Auburn, Maine.  Veronica was introduced to Quakerism through FLGBTQC, and remains an active Friend in that community.

Posted in: Disability and Inclusion, Features
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Twisted Shapes of Light

By William Jolliff. Cascade Books, 2015. 81 pages. $13/paperback; $9.99/eBook. The poems in Twisted Shapes of Light by William Jolliff […]

Michael S. Glaser is a professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009. He and his wife, Kathleen, offer retreats that fuse Parker J. Palmer’s Courage and Renewal work with reading and writing poetry. Their next retreat will be at Kirkridge in October 2016 (see kirkridge.org).

Posted in: February 2016, February 2016 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Underground Beloved

FJ Poetry: “It’s possible of course to fall in love each morning…”

Alexander Levering Kern lives in Somerville, Mass.

Posted in: January 2016: Quakers and the Political Process, Poetry
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A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture

By C. Wess Daniels. Pickwick Publications, 2015. 223 pages. $27/paperback; $9.99/eBook. Quakerism, most agree, is in need of renewal. There […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Meeting in Wilton, N.H., allowed by Weare (N.H.) Meeting.

Posted in: November 2015 Books, November 2015: Books and Pop Culture, Quaker Book Reviews, Uncategorized
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In a Yellow Light

Friends Journal poetry: “Diaper‐clad, / I was dash and go…”

Sunshine F. Branner lives in Alexandria, Va.

Posted in: Poetry, September 2015: Reproduction and Family Planning
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Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

By Anne Lamott. Riverhead Books, 2014. 287 pages. $22.95/hardcover; $11.99/eBook. Sitting down to read one of Anne Lamott’s books is […]

Ellen Michaud is a former book review editor of Friends Journal, an editor-at-large for Live Happy magazine, and author of the award-winning Blessed: Living a Grateful Life. She is a member of South Starksboro (Vt.) Meeting and an alumna of the School of the Spirit’s program on Contemplative Living and Prayer.

Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, September 2015 Books, September 2015: Reproduction and Family Planning, Uncategorized
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The Angel of Har Megiddo

By Mike King. Stochastic Press, 2014. 447 pages. $15.85/paperback; $5/eBook. British Quaker Mike King, who also wrote the non‐fiction Quakernomics, […]

Karie Firoozmand is the books editor of Friends Journal.

Posted in: Quaker Book Reviews, September 2015 Books, September 2015: Reproduction and Family Planning, Uncategorized
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The Lion First Book of Parables

By Lois Rock, illustrated by Barbara Vagnozzi. Lion Children’s Books, 2014. 64 pages. $14.99/hardcover. Recommended for ages 9 and up. […]

Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting and a professional storyteller and workshop leader. She has told stories at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting’s annual sessions.

Posted in: Friends and Other Faiths: Friends and Other Faiths, May 2015 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Listening with the Eyes

Photography as contemplative practice.

Peter West Nutting is a member of Vassalboro (Maine) Meeting. After 35 years of teaching German and French, he is now a freelance translator. Besides photography, his passions are gardening, hiking, winter sports, and managing his tree farm. His photographs may be viewed at www.franklintreephoto.com.

This article is about the author's experience at the 2013 FGC Gathering leading a workshop called "Photography as a Contemplative Practice." All photographs were taken by the workshop participants throughout the week of Gathering.

Posted in: Art, Features, September 2013
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