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Remembering a Workcamp in Tennessee

A Friend recounts an AFSC workcamp in 1949.

George H. Kurz is a retired ophthalmologist who practiced in New Jersey and was a clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He also taught in Africa, Ecuador, the Philippines, and China. He and his wife, Elisabeth, live at Pennswood Village, a Quaker retirement community in Pennsylvania.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, The FJ Blog
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Facing Fascism, McCarthyism, and the New Jim Crow in 2017

The times we find ourselves in are extremely serious.

Laura Magnani is director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice Program and has worked on criminal justice issues for over 35 years. She wrote America’s First Penitentiary: A 200 Year Old Failure and coauthored Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System. She is a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, Calif.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Features
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Preparing for Intimacy with God

Faith and Practice: Leaving worship in a state of discontent. 🔒 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: […]

Elliott Robertson is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. He is a writer, poet, and workshop leader. His article “Grateful for the Light of Christ” was published by Daily Word in August 2016.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Faith and Practice
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Hero’s Journey: John Ritter, the Chip Hilton of Goshen, Indiana

By Jeff Rasley. Midsummer Books, 2016. 216 pages. $12.95/paperback; $4.95/eBook. What happens when heroes make mistakes or don’t live up to their outsized image? What makes a person a hero? Like many other terms that confer ultimate achievement, “hero” deserves a compassionate examination. Friend Jeff Rasley tells the story of a hero of his own […]

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Forum, March 2017

Letters from our readers. Discussions on peak experiences, picking business partners, beliefs and practices of Friends, teaching in non-Quaker schools, and the agendas of terrorists. 🔒 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 […]

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Move in Our Midst

Stumbling blocks and white supremacy cut us off from God and from each other.

Paul Ricketts is an avid reader, educator, and social activist; a member of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Meeting; and a member of the communication/outreach committee of Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. He has given over 35 years of volunteer service with American Friends Service Committee.


Posted in: Features, Race and Anti-Racism
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Stumbling Forward toward Racial Justice among Friends

Two Friends share their stories of growing up in a race-defined world and how they’ve been led to work for change.

Lucy Duncan serves American Friends Service Committee as director of Friends Relations and is a storyteller and member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. Noah White is an adjunct professor at Temple University in the College of Public Health. He loves a challenge and the thrill of competition. He also enjoys helping others attain their kinesthetic goals.

 


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Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us

By Shane Claiborne. HarperOne, 2016. 320 pages. $17.99/paperback; $12.99/eBook. [Buy on Quakerbooks] “There is a contagion of violence in the world; it’s spreading like a disease. But grace is also contagious.” —Shane Claiborne Grace is that “absurd gift,” unbidden, upon me suddenly, an overwhelming desire to extend generosity and kindness to everyone, forcing me to […]

Bill and Pat Mueller are members of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Ottawa (Canadian Yearly Meeting). They edit a monthly inspirational “Inlook-Outlook Letter,” part of their meeting’s prison ministry. Bill can be contacted at [email protected].


Posted in: Books, March 2017 Books, Race and Anti-Racism
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Autumn in the Fields of Language

By Jeanne Lohmann. Fithian Press, 2016. 96 pages. $14/paperback. [Buy at QuakerBooks] This past summer I spent several very sweet afternoons sitting on a porch in Maine reading Grace Paley’s posthumously published collection of poems, Fidelity, to a dear friend whose eyesight has been troubling her. The poems are frank, direct, and mostly about one’s […]

Michael S. Glaser is a professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 to 2009. Coeditor of The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, he offers poetry retreats at Kirkridge in Bangor, Pa. The next one will take place October 4–7.


Posted in: Books, March 2017 Books, Race and Anti-Racism
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More Than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess

By Lee Hull Moses. Westminster John Knox Press, 2016. 132 pages. $16/paperback; $13/eBook. [Buy at QuakerBooks] Moses, a minister, writes from the perspectives of minister, mother, wife, and ordinary person—or maybe “ordinary person with a deep concern about lifestyle, consumption, and disposal patterns.” She feels a weighty responsibility to take part in a huge cultural […]

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