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Meeting with Friends in an Old Library

A visitor settles down at the library table at Beacon Hills Friends House. 馃敀 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you鈥檒l get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online [鈥

Sheilah Hill has conducted mental health programs at such organizations as Bronx Lebanon Hospital; Allegheny University; and the Learning Annex, New York City. Her books include, Somewhere on the Edge of Dreaming; They That Sow in Tears; and La Verde de la Vida, Wisdom for the Abortion War.


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Who Turned on the Lights? A Reflection from Within

One of my worst recurring nightmares is that when I walk into a room and flick on the light switch, no light goes on. If that happened in everyday life, the obvious explanation would be that the bulb has burned out and needs to be changed. But when it happens in a dream, in the [鈥

Keith Maddock is a member of Toronto (Ont.) Meeting.


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Spiritual Journey

I was asked to present my spiritual journey at an adult forum after meeting for worship. My instructions were that I should explain what I believe and how I came to believe it. I started organizing my thoughts and getting them written out a couple months ahead of time, but I worried about it until [鈥

Lydia Caros, a member of Twin Cities Meeting in St. Paul, Minn., is a pediatrician and executive director of the Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis.


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The Nature of God

Where does the concept of God come from? We humans, as a sentient, introspective, inquisitive species, seek out answers to this question. God is a title we have given to an entity that we cannot fully visualize, understand, or physically touch. We view God as creator of the universe. Christians have developed their conception of [鈥

Steve Angell, a member of Kendal Meeting in Kennett Square, Pa., has been involved with Alternatives to Violence Project for over 30 years.


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Zen and the Quakers: A Meditation

At Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, N.C., a few years ago, our Friend DeWitt Barnett told of the time he was stationed in Japan with AFSC when Douglas Steere wrote him to arrange a meeting between Friends and Zen Buddhist monks. Those monks, we were told, meditate on koans, the best known of which is 鈥淲hat [鈥

Theodor Benfey is a member of Friendship Meeting in Greensboro, N.C.


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I Was Blind, But Now I See

Many are familiar with the Indian fable of the blind men and the elephant, immortalized by the Fritz Eichenberg woodcut that was on the cover of Friends Journal in March. The story is of a group of blind men who are led to an elephant. Each grabs one part of the animal鈥攍eg, trunk, tail, body, [鈥

Paul Landskroener is a member of Twin Cities Meeting in St. Paul, Minn.


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How Do You Recognize a Divine Revelation?

Two years ago, Baltimore Yearly Meeting published a booklet, A Quaker Response to Christian Fundamentalism, which described beliefs typical of fundamentalists and evangelicals, and compared them to beliefs typical of Quakers. The author, Sallie B. King, points out, among other things, that while fundamentalists believe divine revelation is ended and to be found complete in [鈥

Bruce Kellogg attends Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).


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