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The Importance of Noise During Silent Worship

Sometimes we need the buses, dogs, and loud neighbors to enter the deepest silence of the meetinghouse.

Ben Handy is a member of Frankford Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He has a boring job and a lovely family. He mostly spends his free time trying to figure out where he put his glasses, and why he can never seem to get anything done.

Posted in: Features, February 2020
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Becoming an Ordinary Mystic: Spirituality for the Rest of Us

By Albert Haase. InterVarsity Press, 2019. 176 pages. $16/paperback; $15.99/eBook.

William Shetter is a member of Bloomington (Ind.) Meeting.

Posted in: February 2020, February 2020 Book Reviews, Quaker Book Reviews
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Drugs and the Practice of Spiritual Discernment

When can drugs bring us closer to God?

Joe McHugh lives in Minnesota, writes frequently for a variety of publications, and his book, Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places, was published in 2013. He has served in interim leadership positions at Friends School of Minnesota and Carolina Friends School.

Posted in: Drugs, Features
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A Call to Work Outside Our Circles

A Friend responds to the New York Times opinion column on Quakers and pronouns.

C. Wess Daniels lives in Greensboro, N.C.

Posted in: Drugs, Viewpoint
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Me and My Maker

A Friend’s idea of Christianity is one of a relationship with her maker.

A textile designer by profession, Edwina Dankwa Assan founded the social enterprise Edtex over 20 years ago to ethically produce handmade, color-fast fabrics for fashion designers and home decorators. She is a member of Hill House Meeting in Accra, Ghana.

Posted in: Faith and Practice, Quaker Kids
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Forum

Forum, November 2019

Letters from our readers.

Posted in: Forum, Gambling
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On the Spirituality of Lightheartedness

By Helen Steere Horn. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 456), 2019. 26 pages. $7/pamphlet.

J. Brent Bill, a member of West Newton (Ind.) Meeting, is a photographer, writer, and retreat leader who lives in Indiana. His newest book Beauty, Truth, Life, and Love is slated for release this month.

Posted in: Gambling, November 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

By Barbara Brown Taylor. HarperOne, 2019. 256 pages. $25.99/hardcover; $15.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook.

Diane Reynolds is Quaker, formerly a member of Patapsco Meeting in Ellicott City, Md., and now a member of Stillwater Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio. She is the author of The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and The American Nutcracker.

Posted in: Gambling, November 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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The Tiny Journalist

By Naomi Shihab Nye. BOA Editions, Ltd., 2019. 128 pages. $24/hardcover; $17/paperback; $9.99/eBook.

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.

Posted in: Gambling, November 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Spiritual Simplicity

There’s more to simplicity than tidying up our physical spaces.

Andrew Huff served with Quaker Voluntary Service in Boston, Mass. in 2015–16. He attends Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.

Posted in: Features, September 2019
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