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My Guatemala Journal

Friday, August 11, 2006 —From Libertyville to Guatemala City My mission for this journey to Guatemala is to conduct community […]

Maurine Pyle, a member of Lake Forest (Ill.) Meeting, is the field secretary for Illinois Yearly Meeting and a volunteer for Play for Peace.

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The Aspirations of Andean Quakers

Yes, there are Quakers in the Andes—lots of them. And, yes, they have aspirations. Working with them, as a Quaker […]

Newton Garver, a member of Buffalo (N.Y.) Meeting, has traveled to Bolivia seven times: in 1999 with the Quaker Study Tour, in 2000 as a new board member of Quaker Bolivia Link, the next two years as a co-leader (with Barbara Flynn) of the Quaker Study Tour, and the last three visits on behalf of the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund. His book Limits to Power: Some Friendly Reminders (Center Working Papers, 2006) contains five of his reports on political developments in Bolivia since 2003, and subsequent ones can be found at http://buffaloreport.com/2006/061104.garver.progress.html.

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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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”Walking Cheerfully … with a Vision in Our Pockets

Is it just me, or are others running into more cynical, escapist, or despairing people these days? My Christian conservative […]

George Lakey is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, under whose care he has been conducting a Nonviolence Ministry for 15 years. His Michener Lecture, New Theory, Old Practice: Nonviolence and Quakers, is available from QuakerBooks.

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An Invitation to Hispaniola

Three years ago, I was led to move to the island of Hispaniola, home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. […]

Elizabeth Eames Roebling is a member of Asheville (N.C.) Meeting.

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Living with Beggars

The man walking toward me grinned broadly from several feet away, and at first I thought he was being friendly. […]

Anna Redsand is especially interested in writing about social justice issues. She teaches high-risk high school students in Albuquerque, N.Mex., and has also spent many years as a psychotherapist and counselor. Her young adult biography, Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living, will be released by Clarion Books in December 2006, and her book reviews have appeared in Third Coast magazine. She has a meditation practice that draws on several traditions.

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Unclean!

The sun was pressing down as hard as it could on the Earth that day, till it felt that my […]

Charles David Kleymeyer joined Madison (Wis.) Meeting in 1970 and has since attended Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and Langley Hill (Va.) Meeting. An author, performing storyteller, and international grassroots-development sociologist, he fashioned this story from his novel-length manuscript about a boy who grows up next door to Jesus. Another story from the same novel, "God is in the Mouth of the Wolf," appeared in the April 2004 issue of Friends Journal.

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Friends of the Homeless

It all began very simply. By chance two old friends met at the square in Sonoma, California, and decided to […]

Ann Herbert Scott is a member of Redwood Forest Meeting in Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Quakerism, Community, and Katrina

I am compelled to speak to the meaning of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. It warns: discard the “ownership society”—the […]

Nancy Milio is professor emeritus of Health Policy at University of North Carolina and a member of Chapel Hill (N.C.) Meeting.

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Simplicity, Poverty, and Gender in the Indian State of Kerala

Puzzles fascinate me. When the Scientific American labeled Kerala a mystery inside an enigma, I was hooked. In this tiny […]

William M. Alexander retired in 1988 as emeritus professor of World Food Politics from California State Polytechnic University. He is a member of Redwood Forest Meeting in Santa Rosa, Calif.

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