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A Simple State of Being That Never Truly Dies

Moving toward death is its own kind of expectant worship. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library of Quaker聽information: […]

Robert Stephen Dicken is a member of First Friends Meeting in New Castle, Ind. He retired from teaching high school English in 2002. His retirement days consist of reading, writing, drawing, almost completing honey-do lists, and entertaining grandchildren.


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Children and Death

Bringing Quaker spirituality to the bedside of those dying.

John Graham-Pole is a retired physician and graduate of London University. He has spent the last 30 years as a children’s oncologist and hospice director at the University of Florida, where he was a member of Gainesville (Fla.) Meeting. He has written three books and many essays and short stories.


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The author (center) with her sister Bonnie (left) and mother. Photo taken a few months before Bonnie's death. Photo courtesy of the author.

Weeping to Joy

God heals in unexpected ways.

Betsy Blake builds websites and communication strategies for companies and organizations trying to do good in the world. Her photojournalism work was recently featured on CNN and NBC news. Betsy lives in Greensboro, N.C., and is a member of First Friends Meeting. Learn more about Betsy at betsyblake.com.

 

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A Quaker Approach to Living with Dying

Does the Quaker way of life have answers to death?

Katherine Jaramillo is a staff chaplain at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland, Ore. She has worked in healthcare chaplaincy for 20 years. She is a member of Bridge City Meeting in Portland.


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Integrity and the Ultimate

How can we talk about death when we鈥檙e so vibrantly alive?

Susann Estle is a chaplain at the Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, Ind.; a PRN chaplain at Hendricks Regional Health Hospital; and a part-time pastor at Hopewell Friends Church in Dana, Ind. She is mother to Case and Chloe.


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Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good

By Chuck Collins. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016. 267 pages. $17.95/paperback or eBook. Once, when two Friends from Kenya were visiting, I had a phone call on which for some reason I said 鈥淚鈥檓 not rich.鈥 I immediately wondered what my guests thought, and asked them 鈥淎m I rich?鈥 It was very clear that I didn鈥檛 […]

Mary Gilbert is a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), and has been active on monthly and yearly meeting committees, and on the steering committee of Quaker Earthcare Witness. Mary is married to David White, has a son, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Mary will sing at the drop of a hat.


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How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation

By Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman. Avery, 2016. 288 pages. $26/hardcover; $17.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook. 鈥淏ased on our scientific evidence, I now believe that the stories found in sacred texts describing Enlightenment are real in that they are related to specific neurological events that can permanently change the structure and functioning of the brain.鈥 How many […]

Phila Hoopes is a freelance copywriter, Reiki practitioner, and gardener with a passion for deep ecumenism and deep ecology. She is a member of Homewood Meeting in Baltimore, Md.


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Worshiping Online

An experiment with online programmed meeting for worship.

Rachel Guaraldi is an interfaith hospital chaplain, Quaker minister, and spiritual director. As a lifelong Quaker and member of Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston, Mass., Rachel has facilitated dialogue among Quaker, ecumenical, and interfaith communities for over a decade. To join and participate in the online programmed meeting for worship, please visit rachelguaraldi.com/pmfw.


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Envisioning Broader Quaker Membership

Jennifer Swann and Emily Provance share their stories and discuss the need for alternative models of membership.

Jennifer Swann and Emily Provance are members of the Alternate Pathways to Membership Working Group in New York Yearly Meeting under the care of the Ministry Coordinating Committee. Emily is a member of Fifteenth Street Meeting in Manhattan. Jennifer is in the process of moving her membership from South Berkshire Meeting in Great Barrington, Mass., to Fifteenth Street Meeting.


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It Breaks My Heart

The fractured nature of the Quaker community breaks a Friend’s heart

Kate Pruitt is lab director at a small hospital in North Carolina. After farming organically for 18 years, she returned to her home state to escape the weather and find community. Connecting and exploring the Quaker way beginning in 2005 has opened up her spiritual path.


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