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Quakers, Restrooms, and the Learning Curve

Quakers tend to follow the leading to be in the world but not of it, although last summer gave us ample reason to not want to be in it much. Holy moly. Still, in our own small way, Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) is meeting the world as it is and working toward a better […]

Debby Churchman lives in Arlington, Va., and works for Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).


Posted in: Quaker Summers, Viewpoint
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For a religious group known for its silent worship, we’re a pretty outspoken bunch

Student Voices: “We advocate, we organize, we vote, we speak the truth, and when necessary, we protest. We may worship in silence, but we live our values loudly. We want to share with you our hopes and fears for your presidency.”

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Unbound: A Novel in Verse

By Ann E. Burg. Scholastic Press, 2016. 345 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 9–12. If you’re looking for a good book to replenish your spiritual and political imagination, I recommend Unbound. Ann E. Burg relates the harrowing tale of a North Carolina slave family forced to risk everything for freedom. She writes the historic […]

Judith Favor belongs to Claremont Meeting in Southern California.


Posted in: Books, Quaker Summers, Young Friends Bookshelf
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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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Among Friends: Happy Birthday, AFSC

Our introduction to the issue celebrating 100 years of the American Friends Service Committee.

Martin Kelley is senior editor of Friends Journal.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Among Friends
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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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Henry Cadbury, AFSC, and Haverford College

Even 1918 Quakers were a complicated mix of prophetic and pragmatic.

James Krippner has been teaching at Haverford College since 1992. David Harrington Watt will begin teaching there in the fall of this year. They would both like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance they received from the staff of Haverford College’s library, Krista Oldham in particular, while researching this article.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Features
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An interview with Joyce Ajlouny

Meet AFSC’s incoming general secretary.

American Friends Service Committee has announced that Joyce Ajlouny will become its next general secretary starting in September 2017. Friends Journal senior editor Martin Kelley caught up with Ajlouny to talk about her work as director of the Ramallah Friends School and her hopes for AFSC.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, Features
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The Art of Gratitude

On the FJ Blog: “A boy’s watercolor depicts a heartwarming scene created amid the misery and starvation of post-World War I Germany. The painting, part of a new exhibit entitled “Giving Voices to Ghosts,” shows three women busy preparing food. Steam and presumably pleasant aromas arise from large kettles. Small containers of salz (salt) and […]

Nichole Mathews is part of an art committee at Indianapolis First Friends exploring additional ways and locations to display “Giving Voices to Ghosts.” For more information, contact her at [email protected].

Daniel Lee is a member of Indianapolis First Friends.


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We Answered with Love: Pacifist Service in World War I

Edited by Nancy Learned Haines. Pleasant Green Books, 2016. 412 pages. $19.95/paperback. In 1917 Mary Peabody and Leslie Hotson were students at Radcliffe and Harvard. They met through their shared interests in music and drama, poetry and philosophy, and quickly became soul mates as they discussed the war that had turned the campus into a […]

Beth Taylor is a member of Westerly (R.I.) Meeting and is the co-director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University and the author of The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir.


Posted in: AFSC Centennial, April 2017 Books, Books
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