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Co‐curricular Learning in the Quaker and Special Collections

A look behind the scenes at Haverford Library Quaker and Special Collections.

Mary Crauderueff is the curator of the Quaker Collections at Haverford College. She grew up as a member at Radnor (Pa.) Meeting, and currently attends Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia. She loves hiking in the Wissahickon, drinking espresso, and working toward decolonizing the archives field in theory and practice.


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Shirley Marie Bramkamp Olmstead

Olmstead—Shirley Marie Bramkamp Olmstead, 97, on July 29, 2015, in Centennial, Colo. Shirl was born on April 13, 1918, in […]


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Educating Ned

“Unless Love build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” (Paraphrase of Psalms 127:1) My three children went […]

Rosemary Gould, a longtime attender of Charlottesville (Va.) Meeting, homeschools and teaches poetry classes part-time for a local lifelong learning institute. She hopes to write more, as way opens.


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Courageously Faithful: Bringing Peace to War

This room is a new room to most of us. I want to invite you to simply take some time […]

Alaine D. Duncan, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., is a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting. A longtime acupuncturist, she is executive director of Crossings HealingWorks (http://www.crossingshealingworks .org). This article describes her leading to bring peace to war in the bodies and souls of soldiers, their families, and their caregivers. She delivered this address during the opening plenary session of the Friends General Conference Gathering in Johnstown, Pa., on June 28, 2008. The theme of the Gathering was "Courageously Faithful." She also presented at the Armed Forces Health Protection Conference in August on Acupuncture for the Treatment of Traumatic Stress, and on the impact the Restore & Renew Wellness Clinic described here is having on compassion fatigue symptoms of Walter Reed Army Medical Center caregivers. An interview she gave after the Gathering may be heard on http://NorthernSpiritRadio.org's "Spirit in Action."


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On Abuse and Healing

One of the joys of my work with Friends Journal is the opportunity to travel among Friends. Two summers ago, […]


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The Echoing of Abuse

“Mom, Suzy’s in trouble. She’s at my house.” Our older daughter’s voice sounded calm over the telephone. “RJ beat her […]


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Violence and Light

Halloween Night, 2007: Detroit It is Halloween, and we are at the Detroit Zoo. I am walking past brightly painted […]

Lisa Sinnett lives and works in Detroit, Mich., and has been attending Detroit and Ann Arbor meetings regularly since 1992. Her last submission to Friends Journal, a poem titled "Driving to El Salvador with Hector and Domingo," published in April 2006, earned an Award of Excellence (first place) from the Associated Church Press. She thanks Helen Horn (Athens, Ohio, Meeting) and Claire Crabtree for their support and care of her writer's voice.


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Visiting Agatha

I was an untrained amateur leading a self‐ help group for the mentally ill. Statistics were grim: in my first […]

Mariellen O. Gilpin is a member of Urbana-Champaign (Ill.) Meeting. This article recounts an experience she had 20 years ago. She didn't cry then—the pain was too deep for tears—but she did cry one night when instead of sleeping she finally committed it to words.


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Quaker Peacemaking Put to the Test

Many of us seem to absorb the Quaker culture of peacemaking without any specific training. Nor have many of us […]

Robert G. Neuhauser, a member of Lancaster (Pa.) Meeting, is a retired electronic engineer.


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Unpalatable Truths

I thought I knew the costs of war. They had fueled my outrage over the arrogance, the ignorance, and the […]

Burton Housman, a veteran of World War II, was sent by his church to help the Japanese rebuild after the war. When he held in his hands evidence of the damage from the aerial bombing he helped cause, he resolved to become a part of a church that sought alternatives to violence. He has been a Friend for 50 years in four yearly meetings. He is now a member of La Jolla (Calif.) Meeting and serves on the Discipline Committee of Pacific Yearly Meeting.


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