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Bayard Rustin at Swarthmore College

Bayard Rustin鈥檚 spiritual depth has been widely overlooked and deserves to be brought back to our attention.

Newton Garver is a 1951 graduate of Swarthmore聽College, a member of Buffalo (N.Y.)聽Meeting, and President of the Bolivian Quaker聽Education Fund. He lives with his wife聽Anneliese in East Concord N.Y., where Bayard聽visited them a couple of times.


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Remembering Elise Boulding: The Legacy of Her Journaling

Elise Boulding died on June 24, 2010, in Needham, Mass., just shy of her 90th birthday. Known for her accomplishments in many areas, she was a scholar, teacher, author, activist, mother, and long-time member of the Religious Society of Friends. She was a leader in founding three important fields of academic inquiry: women’s, peace, and […]

Mary Lee Morrison, a member of Hartford (Conn.) Meeting, is a writer and educator, community activist and volunteer, with interests in peace and global sustainablity and transformative pedagogy. She is the author of Elise Boulding: A Life in the Cause of Peace (2005). Further reading of the journals of Elise Boulding can be found at http://www.earthenergyhealing.org/EliseBoulding3.htm.


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Quaker Women I Have Known

"The women in my family do things," said John Foster, the Quaker man I had just met in India. Much later, I learned he had written his parents about meeting me, saying, "the only thing that worries me is that she just wants to get married." My letter of the same period to my parents […]

Georgana (Falb) Foster has been a member of Mt. Toby Friends Meeting in Leverett, Mass., for half a century. She has presented workshops on early New England Quaker women at the Friends General Conference Gathering and New England Yearly Meeting, and has written a number of local histories. She is an independent scholar of South Asian studies, collecting folk and pop art about goddesses of India.


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On a Mission to Heal the Planet

Risking esteem and friendship to speak truth through Friends ministry interviewed by Shirley Dodson Amanda, what motivated you to apply to become a resident student at Pendle Hill? I loved Pendle Hill from the moment I stepped onto the campus in 2002. I found great solace and comfort in the grounds; actually the very ground, […]

Amanda Kemp, a member of Lancaster (Pa.) Meeting, is the founder of Theatre for Transformation, a company that has reached over 7,000 people since its launch in 2007, and the author of a forthcoming book, The Ancestors are Calling: Your Guide to Forgiveness and Creating a Life of Purpose. Shirley Dodson, a member of the Middletown Meeting in Lima, Pa., is director of communications at Pendle Hill.


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Lillian and George Willoughby

Raspberries, bread, serendipity, and nonviolence. Lillian and George Willoughby, members of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, were engaged with many projects around the world, and thousands of people have memories of how the Willoughbys affected them. I knew them well for over 40 years, and they taught me many unique, valuable lessons. My first vivid memory […]

Lynne Shivers, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, has been a social activist, college teacher, and writer.


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Who Was Joy Hodgkin?

When my grandfather, Henry Hodgkin, migrated from England in 1930 to be the first director of studies at Pendle Hill, he did not come alone. He brought with him his wife, Elizabeth Joy Montgomery Hodgkin. Henry was strong and inspiring. His vision and passion steered Pendle Hill in a direction—though it has evolved with changing […]

Margaret (Meg) Hodgkin Lippert is the granddaughter of Henry and Joy Hodgkin. Meg was born a Friend and is currently a member of South Seattle (Wash.) Meeting. A former classroom teacher and author of over 20 books of multicultural folktales, she currently teaches storytelling for Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., and works with high school youth in Seattle. Her website is http://www.storypower.net.


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The Life of Japanese Quaker Inazo Nitobe

At Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, numerous epistles are read from other yearly meetings throughout the world. Likewise Philadelphia sends its annual epistle and greetings to all yearly meetings. Japan Yearly Meeting’s epistle this year mentioned the “Nitobe lectures.” Friends outside of Japan may not know about the extraordinary life of Inazo Nitobe. My purpose here is […]

Samuel M. Snipes, a member of Fallsington (Pa.) Meeting, is a lawyer. He and other family members operate Snipes Farm and Education Center in Morrisville, Pa. He is active in many Bucks County peace activities.


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Quaking with Confidence

  I’d like to clear up right away a question that seems to crop up repeatedly at these more public moments in my life, and that is where I got my name. My parents were strict atheists, one intellectually, one emotionally—any religion on the television and it would be turned off, and the vicar welcoming […]

Ben Pink Dandelion is Professor of Quaker Studies and Programmes Leader at the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, Woodbrooke, and University of Birmingham, England. He worships at Sawley Meeting in the shadow of Pendle Hill. He has written numerous books and articles about Quakerism and Quaker history.


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Remembering Bonnie Tinker

Friend and activist Bonnie Tinker died on Thursday, July 2, 2009, in Blacksburg, Virginia, during the Friends General Conference Gathering. Bonnie, 61, was riding her bicycle on the Virginia Tech campus when a truck turned in front of her. She hit the truck and was then run over by it. She died at the scene. […]

Constance Grady served as an intern this past summer at Friends Journal. A resident of Wyndmoor, Pa., she is a senior at University of Chicago.


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Into the Abyss and Back

Held in the Light: Norman Morrison’s Sacrifice for Peace and His Family’s Journey of Healing By Anne Morrison Welsh, with Joyce Hollyday. Orbis Books, 2008. 177 pages. $20/hardcover. Up from Chester: Hiroshima, Haverford and Beyond By Allan Brick. Xlibris, 2009. 206 pages. $19.99/softcover. The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir By Beth […]

Robert Dockhorn, senior editor of Friends Journal, is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.


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