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A Perilous Neglect

Waiting for the Watchman and holding things in God. đź”’ 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 Quaker information: every Friends […]

Alastair McIntosh is a member of Glasgow Meeting, Scotland. His most recent books are Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service, and Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey (on which this reflection is based).


Posted in: Features, February 2018
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Quilting as Ministry

Quilting as healing at a Quaker Voluntary Service house.

Kayla Schneider-Smith is a 2016–17 Portland QVS fellow who has served both with New City Initiative, an organization that aims to end the cycle of homelessness through faith community involvement, and Urban Gleaners, a food re-purposing organization that fights childhood hunger in Oregon.


Posted in: Features, February 2018
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The Call to Radical Faithfulness: Covenant in Quaker Experience

By Douglas Gwyn. Plain Press, 2017, 104 pages. $10/Paperback; $5/eBook. In this inspired collection of short essays, sermons, and half-hour talks on the Bible, Quaker pastor and historian Doug Gwyn highlights an important truth about Liberal Quakerism today. According to Gwyn, our current status as a tiny, theologically jumbled, post-Christian, religious sect that hopes against […]

Steve Chase is a member of Putney Friends Meeting in Vermont and currently serves as the Manager of Academic Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the Pendle Hill pamphlets Revelation and Revolution: Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights. He is also a regular contributor to Minds of the Movement, www​.nonviolent​-conflict​.org/​b​l​og/, an ICNC blog on the people and power of nonviolent civil resistance.


Posted in: February 2018, February 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Life Saving Quaker Practice

It took a diagnosis of cancer for a Friend to take on daily worship.

Michael Bischoff lives in Minneapolis, Minn.


Posted in: Quaker Lifestyles, Viewpoint
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Rhythms of Grace / An Unhurried Leader

Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders. By David O. Williams. Barclay Press, 2017. 138 pages. $14/paperback. An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence. By Alan Fadling. IVP Books, 2017. 174 pages. $20/hardcover; $15.99/eBook. Many clergy and spiritual leaders in the United States suffer from burnout. Friends serving in leadership and ministry roles, […]

Chris Mohr is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., a trustee of Friends Publishing Corp. (publisher of Friends Journal), and the executive director of Friends Center in Philadelphia.


Posted in: January 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quaker Lifestyles
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Tying Up the Cat

Have we forgotten the reasons for our practices?

Donne Hayden is a member of Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting. In 2012, she attended the Friends World Committee for Consultation World Gathering of Friends in Kenya, where she saw the Spirit move in singing and dancing Friends.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, Features
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Crostini with Olive Tapenade… and Tea

Friends find a tasty way to raise funds for the meeting library.

Ruthie Tippin is a recorded Friends minister. She has served in pastoral ministry in West Branch, Iowa, and most recently at First Friends Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. Now retired, Ruthie continues to serve Friends in various ways as a retreat speaker, worship leader, and encourager to meetings and their members.


Posted in: Online Features, Quaker Libraries
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The Beacons of Larkin Street

By Judith Favor. Apocryphile Press, 2017. 269 pages. $19.95/paperback; $3.99/eBook. When a turning point in a novel is framed by a challenge to unconditional love, you know you’ve strayed pretty far from mainstream fiction. And when a Quaker writer chooses a church called Saint Lydia’s for her setting, you know this is not traditional Quaker […]

Pamela Haines is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.


Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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A Community Formed for Faithfulness

We need to help each other grow in recognizing, discerning, and responding when the Spirit leads. đź”’ 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 […]

Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore (Pa.) Meeting, is a writer, teacher, workshop leader, and author of Our Life Is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey. Her blog is at awholeheart​.com.


Posted in: Features, September 2017
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Gertrude Parnell Marshall

Marshall—Gertrude Parnell Marshall, 104, on September 28, 2016, in Medford, N.J. Gertrude was born on August 3, 1912, in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa., to Eva Gertrude Magoun and Willis Jonas Parnell. She grew up in Philadelphia, graduated second in her class from Germantown High School in 1930, and went to Bryn Mawr College on a full […]

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