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Vidrine—Martha Louise Fosnacht Vidrine, 78, on June 11, 2017, at Panorama Care Center in Lacey, Wash., of cancer. Marty was born on October 15, 1938, in Rochester, Wash., to Agnes Lund and Francis Clinton Fosnacht. She grew up on the family farm, which her grandfather Andrew Lund had homesteaded. She worked in the fields, swam […]

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Dreams and Nightmares

FJ Review: ” The guide leads students into deeper reflection on Liliana’s story while encouraging them to explore their own families, conducting oral histories with elder members who were immigrants themselves or who recall immigrant stories of ancestors.”

Ken Jacobsen grew up in Venezuela and has an ongoing concern for north–south dialogue among Friends in the Americas. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is an adjunct professor at Chicago Theological Seminary.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Wild Birds, Fantasy, and the Possible

A memoir through books.

James W. Hood teaches nineteenth-century British literature, composition, and American nature writing at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.  He is a member of Greensboro’s Friendship Meeting.


Posted in: Online Features, September 2017
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I also dressed as you for Halloween and got 7.2 pounds of candy!

Student Voices: “I am interested in history, and I like to play sports. I am a comedian and do good impressions of people, including you, Vladimir Putin, Obama, and Hillary.”

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The following is a letter of protest

Student Voices: “Under your administration, many of my friend’s families would be deported, never to be seen again. I can assure you that while they may not be citizens, they are every bit as much patriotic Americans, no different from me. And in light of this, I urge you to do what is beneficial for […]

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My father painted your hotel, and he is an immigrant

Student Voices: “Many other people that have worked for you have similar stories. If you stop immigration you’re not going to have as many people to build your hotels. I wouldn’t try to stop immigration if I were president; I’d try to make it easier.”

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We need to put America first, and only then will it become great again

Student Voices: “Hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers in the Midwest have lost their jobs, and I know that you worked hard to bring back manufacturers to the United States. You’re ending the suffering that was only worsened when Barack Obama took the oath of office.”

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Canned and Crushed

By Bibi Belford. Sky Pony Press, 2015. 192 pages. $14.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 8–12. This novel could serve as an introduction for a young reader to the world of the modern immigrant family. Things are difficult for the Zapote family, but they get infinitely worse when it is discovered that the younger sister of […]

Eileen Redden is the assistant book review editor of Friends Journal.


Posted in: December 2015 Books, December 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty, Quaker Book Reviews, Uncategorized
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Fidgeting in Worship

A Friend shares his process of settling into worship: “As I sit in meeting, I use prayer as a way to center down. I have a list of people that I usually pray for and I use the idea of ‘holding others in the light.’”

Greg Woods, a member of Columbia Friends Meeting in Missouri, has been involved in youth and young adult ministry for the past eight years. Currently he serves as the Assistant Coördinator of the Young Adult Leadership Development (YALD) Program at Pendle Hill. He graduated from Earlham College and in the fall he will start a MA program in Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. In his free time, he enjoys traveling the world, attending demolition derbies, and telling jokes of all kinds.


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Immigration and Friends Testimonies: Seeing That of God in Our Immigrant Neighbors

Friends have been concerned about the exploitation and dehumanization of workers for many years, most notably in our opposition to slavery. I see these injustices in the context of immigration today, but as Friends, we have not reached clarity on a common, Spirit-led response. My experiences working with immigrants confirm my belief that the Quaker […]

Danielle Short is a member of Mountain View Meeting in Denver, Colo. She is the human rights program director at the Colorado office of American Friends Service Committee, where she has done community organizing with Latino/Latina immigrants and citizen supporters of immigrant rights. She is currently coördinating the production of a DVD faith curriculum on immigration, a joint project with the Colorado Council of Churches, Iliff School of Theology, the Bell Policy Center, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and AFSC. She is also in the process of co-founding an intentional community based on sustainability, shared spirituality, and social justice work.


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