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James, William, and Ellie Bradley looking out over Lake George in New York, summer 2014. Photos courtesy of the author.

I Am a Quaker

Young Friends and religious identity.

Melinda Wenner Bradley is a member of West Chester (Pa.) Meeting and serves as the youth religious life coordinator for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. She is a co-founder of the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC), and the director of communications and training for Faith & Play Stories.

William Bradley is an attender at West Chester (Pa.) Meeting and a seventh grade student at Westtown School. James Bradley is a member of West Chester (Pa.) Meeting and a tenth grade student at Westtown School. Ellie Bradley is a member of West Chester (Pa.) Meeting and a first-year student at Barnard College.

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We Think He Might Be a Boy

Raising a transgender child.

Su Penn writes about the Tiny Tornado, homeschooling, adoption, Quakerism, and much more at tapeflags.blogspot.com.

Posted in: August 2013: Parenting, Features
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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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Sparks and Spaces: Lived Experience in Friends Schools

We sit in circles. God is everywhere. There are no right answers. —Kindergartner’s response to parents’ question: What is Quaker […]

Irene McHenry, a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., is executive director of Friends Council on Education.

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Passing On the Nonviolent Tradition

As a father, you can never tell just which values you will ultimately pass to your children. I have been […]

Craig Jacobrown, a member of Agate Passage Meeting in Kitsap County, Wash., councils potential conscientious objectors. He can be reached at [email protected]

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‘Both … and …’: Parenting for Adulthood

I have been parenting for 12 years, and before I became a parent I taught for 18 years. Our children, […]

Susan Tannehill, a member of Buffalo (N.Y.) Meeting, recently returned to the classroom and teaches high school full-time while still homeschooling her children. As a result, she says, she is currently "parenting by epistle."

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Raising Quaker Youth

It would seem that writing about raising Quaker youth would be an easy undertaking, especially as my husband Rick and […]

Georgianne Jackofsky, who sets type for New York Yearly Meeting, is a member of Conscience Bay Meeting in St. James, N.Y. Her family's group is called the Homegrown String Band; see http://www.homegrownstringband.com.

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Imparting Our Values

When my children were young, I remember how challenging it could be to share my Quaker values with them—and to […]

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Moses and the Tantrum

If everything worked perfectly, we would be only five minutes late, I told myself as I hurried my two‐year‐old daughter […]

Elizabeth O'Sullivan is a member of Twin Cities (Minn.) Meeting.

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Nozuko’s Story

Fall 1999, Singisi, South Africa It’s an ordinary autumn day. The chilling wind announces the impending arrival of winter, snapping […]

Susan Winters Cook is a former member of Mullica Hill (N.J.) Meeting. From 1981 to 1997 she was a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Daily News. She traveled to South Africa several times between 1988 and 1994 on her own, partially funded by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, to document Quaker development and empowerment activities as a response to apartheid and then during the intense time of transition from apartheid to democracy. She began documenting the HIV/AIDS situation in 1995, then returned to South Africa in 1997 permanently. She started a provincial-based AIDS education periodical Ubomi (Xhosa for "Life") in 1997 out of a realization that "the people who needed the information the most were those most at risk—and that was the rural poor." She writes: "The real tragedy of AIDS in South Africa for me was, having seen what the parents endured and sacrificed to ensure a better future for their children, to discover that many of those young people would not live to accept that gift of freedom."

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