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What We Cannot Do Alone

A new way of relating is breaking through our institutional numbness.

Noah Merrill is a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting, which has care and oversight of his service in ministry. He serves as secretary of New England Yearly Meeting.


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Europe and Middle East Section annual meeting 2017. Photo by Kate McNally, courtesy of the author.

Membership as Commitment and Belonging

Is membership a pragmatic arrangement or a spiritual experience?

Marisa Johnson has been serving as secretary to Friends World Committee for Consultation Europe and Middle East Section since 2008, and this has given her the opportunity of seeing many forms of Quaker worship and community building. Membership is often a central theme in becoming and maintaining community.

The article is taken from thoughts from an address that Johnson gave to Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering in 2014.


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By Law of Grace: A Journey with the People of the Streets, a Personal Experience

By Heidi Blocher. Apprenticeship to Jesus, 2016. 120 pages. $7 suggested donation/paperback. Heidi Blocher, a New England Friend who has traveled widely in America and Europe (and the 2010 Richard Cary lecturer at German Yearly Meeting), takes us on a journey few of us would undertake on our own. As I read this book, I […]

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


Posted in: June/July 2017 Books, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy

By Michael McCarthy. New York Review Books, 2016. 273 pages. $24.95/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” —Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat The Moth Snowstorm is not about moths, but instead is part autobiography, part nature […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She currently serves as clerk of New England Yearly Meeting’s Earthcare Ministry Committee and is author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith.


Posted in: June/July 2017 Books, Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us (Revised and Expanded Edition)

By Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. InterVarsity Press, 2015. 352 pages. $22/paperback; $16.99/eBook. The back cover of Adele Ahlberg Calhoun’s book, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us, asks potential readers, “Do you desire more of God?” The many and varied spiritual disciplines contained in this collection are all directed toward transforming our deepest yearnings into worship […]

Bob Dixon-Kolar teaches writing at a community college in Illinois and is a member of Evanston (Ill.) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, February 2017, February 2017 Books
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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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Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance

By Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby. Pluto Press, 2015. 211 pages. $28/paperback; $21.99/eBook. As a Quaker who believes in both the morality and the effectiveness of well-planned and committed nonviolent action for peace and justice, I found Popular Protest in Palestine very informative and very challenging, but also more than a little discouraging. Implicitly, the […]

Richard Taylor is a member of Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., and is active in the meeting’s task force on ending mass incarceration. Dick is also developing a website designed to encourage Christian preachers to avoid anti-Judaism in their sermons and in the church’s readings from the New Testament.


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Marking the Quaker Path: Seven Key Words Plus One

By Robert Griswold. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 439), 2016. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. Robert Griswold offers this brief pamphlet in an attempt to show Friends, both longtime and new, that being a Quaker means being on a lifelong path of ongoing spiritual growth. His seven key words are intended to point to what is integral to […]

Marty Grundy is now a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting.


Posted in: Books, November 2016 Books, Quakers and Social Media
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Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity

By Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman. Beacon Press, 2016. 181 pages. $25.95/hardcover; $24.99/eBook. Before we begin, let us pause for a moment to respectfully acknowledge that the common use of the word “queer” still alienates and therefore excludes some members of the sexual-minority community. I, myself, know what it means to feel disrespected by the unthinking […]

Mitchell Santine Gould is a gay and Quaker historian who is writing a book on Walt Whitman. He runs an Airbnb destination in Portland, Ore., called PDX Wheelhouse, and is the curator of Leavesofgrass.org.


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Walking Cheerfully Over the World

Changing Friends school policies and learning from the leadership of children. 🔒 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 […]

Jen Cort is a member and trustee at Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting and a consultant for Quaker organizations and schools including Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Young Friends programs, Friends Council on Education, Friends Meeting School, Greene Street Friends, Sandy Spring Friends, Sidwell Friends, and William Penn Charter.


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