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Seven Tasks to Heal the World

Simple actions each of us can take to heal our hearts and the hearts of others.

Michael Soika has spent the past 30 years working on issues of social and economic justice, such as affordable housing, homelessness, welfare reform, and education. He is a lifelong spiritual seeker and new member of Milwaukee (Wisc.) Meeting.


Posted in: Features, February 2017
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Vigil

FJ poetry: Explaining all of what could happen when… 🔒 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 of Quaker聽information: every聽Friends […]

Jane Blanchard lives in聽Augusta, Ga.


Posted in: Poetry, Quakers in the Workplace
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Viewpoint: Persuasive Letters to the Editor

Tips for getting your thoughts printed in your local paper.

Don Byrd lives in聽Bloomington, Ind.


Posted in: Quakers and Social Media, Viewpoint
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Walking Cheerfully Over the Web

Community management in the manner of Friends. 🔒 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 of Quaker聽information: every聽Friends Journal ever […]

Isaac Smith is a member of Frederick Meeting in Frederick, Md., where he lives with his wife and son.


Posted in: Features, Quakers and Social Media
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The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities

By Didi Pershouse. Mycelium Books, 2016. 301 pages. $19.95/paperback. 鈥淲hen we stand in the center and look at the whole, we can understand issues that once perplexed us. Healing the old rifts between science and religion, between humans and nature, between old wisdom and new discoveries, is a matter of becoming more and more aware […]

Ruah Swennerfelt lives in rural Vermont and is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She serves as clerk of the Earthcare Ministry Committee of New England Yearly Meeting.


Posted in: Books, November 2016 Books, Quakers and Social Media
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The Philadelphia host committee featured many representatives from Quaker organizations.

Holding Hard Truths

Good News from White Privilege Conference

Trevor Johnson was the editorial fellow at Friends Journal through Quaker Voluntary Service鈥檚 second-year Alumni Fellows program. He is a member of West Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


Posted in: Features, September 2016
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The Dwelling Place Within

While traveling to unusual worship places, a Friend discovers the sacred dwelling space within.

Lola Georg is a member of Media (Pa.) Meeting. Currently, she is a licensed professional counselor in private practice. Previously, she had an extensive career in financial management for nonprofit organizations, including Quaker organizations. She loves Viv Hawkins, and they live in Philadelphia, Pa.


Posted in: Features, Quaker Spaces
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Author Kody Gabriel Hersh reads “A Gospel of Quaker Sexuality”

FJ Podcast: I came out as queer without feeling any conflict with my identity as a Friend. But as my commitment to Quakerism as a spiritual path deepened, I realized that there was a disconnect between Quakerism and my emerging sexuality.


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Thankful

By Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Archie Preston. Zonderkidz, 2015. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $6.75/paperback; $7.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 4鈥8. I am thankful for this picture book by Eileen Spinelli with paintings by Archie Preston. Thankful shines a light on the everyday things that inspire gratitude. The story is a bouncing poetic rollick through imagination, play, and […]

Emilie Gay is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting.


Posted in: Books, Gender and Sexuality, May 2016 Young Friends Bookshelf
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Blackberries and Cream

By Leslie Rivver. Green Writers Press, 2015. 207 pages. $24.95/hardcover. Recommended for middle school students. Grace, affectionately called Gracie-girl by Ida Bell, her African American nanny, longs for the attention of her mother. The first sentence of this book reaches out and takes the reader by the heart: 鈥淲hen your own momma don鈥檛 like you, […]

Katie Green is a member of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. She is a storyteller and has led workshops at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting sessions.


Posted in: Books, Gender and Sexuality, May 2016 Young Friends Bookshelf
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