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Among Friends: Understanding Death through Life

Our introduction to the August issue on The Art of Dying and the Afterlife.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal. Email: [email protected]


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Final portrait of Shannon Zimmerman's father done by her older sister Erika Delzell Zimmerman. Courtesy of the author.

A Quaker’s Passing: My Father’s Way

The answers would only come from being present in the light. 🔒 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 […]

Shannon Zimmerman is a lifelong Quaker raised in Colorado. Specializing in conflict resolution, she is currently living in Brisbane, Australia, working on a PhD. Her hope is to someday find a way to bring peace into politics. She is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).


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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 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: […]

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 Canaanite Woman," from the Tres Riches Heurers du Duc de Berry, Folio 1644. The Conde Museum, Chantilly.

The Woman Who Refused to Take “No” for an Answer

Testimonies of equality and community in early Christianity.

Bill and his wife, Pat, are members of St. Lawrence Valley Meeting in Potsdam, N.Y. (under the care of Ottawa Meeting in Ontario, Canada). He taught biological and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston from 1975 to 2004, including courses in violence prevention and spiritual aspects of health.


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Althea Culcasure (right) greets visitors to the festival while portraying William Still, a key operative on the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia.

News, August 2017

Great Plains Yearly Meeting, Merion Friends, Minneapolis retirement. 🔒 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: every Friends Journal […]


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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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Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible

By T. Vail Palmer Jr. Barclay Press, 2016. 288 pages. $20/paperback. In Face to Face, T. Vail Palmer Jr. creates a rich tapestry woven with many threads and leading to a compelling depiction of important aspects of Quaker history well worth pondering. One way to identify those threads is by the questions which prompt them. […]

Tom Paxson is a member of Kendal Meeting in Kennett Square, Pa. Kendal Meeting is a member of Western Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.


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Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy

By Julie L. Holcomb. Cornell University Press, 2016. 252 pages. $39.95/hardcover or eBook. Those who know much about Quaker history are aware of sharp differences among Friends, especially since the late eighteenth century, over theology, discipline, and centralization versus local autonomy. But Friends found unity against slavery fairly early, scattered in the 1680s, increasing in […]

Larry Ingle is an historian of Quakerism whose most recent publication is Nixon’s First Cover-up: The Religious Life of a Quaker President. A member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, he is retired from the history department of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


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Faith Farnham Kuppers

Kuppers—Faith Farnham Kuppers, 92, on August 6, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C., in her sleep. Faith was born on May 4, 1924, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Doris Channell and William Farnham. She grew up in the Miami, Fla., area and spent time in Asheville, N.C., and Ithaca, N.Y. She studied English at Cornell University, where she […]

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