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Let’s Grow Together: Reflections on Growth and Abundance

We look back on a year of our “Let’s Grow Together” columns.

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Framing the Light

Quaker meetinghouses as space and Spirit.

Jean Schnell is a lifelong Quaker with roots in Valley Meeting in Wayne, Pa. She is now a member of Framingham (Mass.) Meeting. She is a retired nurse and health coach. She loves the contemplative process of viewing the world through a camera with delight, awe, and joy. Her photographs of meetinghouses can be found at JeanSchnell.com.

Posted in: August 2016: Quaker Spaces, Features
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Among Friends: A Spiritual and Secular Community in One

An introduction to the issue.

Gail Whiffen Coyle is associate editor of Friends Journal.

Posted in: Among Friends, Spiritual Nurture / Quaker Training
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Mass Incarceration and #BlackLivesMatter

Quakers Connect as a Movement Builds

Madeline Schaefer worked as the Friends relations associate at American Friends Service Committee for two years from 2012 to 2014. She grew up attending Radnor (Pa.) Meeting outside of Philadelphia.

Posted in: December 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty, Features
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Q&A: Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform

An interview with Friends involved with group working toward justice reform.

The Q&A with MAJR was conducted by Friends Journal associate editor Gail Whiffen Coyle.

Posted in: December 2015: Economic Justice and Poverty, Q&A
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A Quaker Meme Project

What are the deep patterns that underpin contemporary Quaker culture?

Keith Helmuth is a founding board member of Quaker Institute for the Future, a member of the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches, and a member of New Brunswick Meeting in Canada. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Posted in: Features, November 2015: Books and Pop Culture
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One Friend’s Experience of Clearness Regarding Childbearing

Childrearing as a calling.

Stan Becker is a member of Homewood Meeting in Baltimore, Md. He has worked as a demographer for 40 years and has traveled among Friends in Baltimore Yearly Meeting and beyond under the concern about rapid population growth.  He has served on the board of the American Friends Service Committee, the steering committee of Friends Committee on Unity with Nature (now Quaker Earthcare Witness), and the general committee of FCNL. He lives with his wife, Fannie, in Baltimore.

Posted in: September 2015: Reproduction and Family Planning
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A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience

By Emerson W. Baker. Oxford University Press, 2014. 398 pages. $29.95/hardcover; $21.99/eBook. Emerson W. Baker’s book begins on a surprising […]

Thomas D. Hamm is professor of history and director of special collections at Earlham College and a member of First Friends Meeting in New Castle, Ind. His great-aunt nine times removed, Mary Parker, was one of the women hanged in 1692.

Posted in: August 2015 Books, August 2015: The Effects of War, Quaker Book Reviews
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Trenton Friends meetinghouse and burial ground in March 2011.

The Challenge of Celebrating Historical Wars

What does a Friends meeting do when their hometown celebrates war?

Sharon Ann Holt began attending Trenton (N.J.) Meeting upon moving to the city in 2012, having absorbed some Quaker spirit in her three years as director of the Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland. She teaches history and public history at Penn State Abington and enjoys using her professional abilities to serve the meeting.

Posted in: June/July 2015: Activists vs Mystics vs Pragmatists, Life in the Meeting
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26 Weekends at Columbia County Jail

A jailed Quaker chronicles the stories behind the bars of mass incarceration. Includes video author interview.

Joseph Olejak is an attender at Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting. He discovered Quaker principles when he met his long-time friend Peter Miles at age 16 while hiking in Copake Falls, N.Y. Peter taught English at George School and introduced him to the work of Kurt Vonnegut. Joseph is a chiropractor by training.

Posted in: Features, March 2015
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