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A La Chureca Christmas

My friend Michael popped into my office. When he told me he couldn鈥檛 make it to Nicaragua this year for [鈥

Herb Haigh, a member of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Meeting, is president of Ameri-Plus Select Services, a Medicare Select hospital network. He and his wife, Pam, are available to talk about the work of ProNica to monthly meetings and other interested groups; contact through http://www.pronica.org.

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Up on the Mountaintop

The morning was freezing cold in Mitchellville, Maryland, as we drove to the train station. Maria and I had flown [鈥

James A. Fletcher, a member of Pocatello (Idaho) Worship Group, is vice president for finance and information of Idaho State University. He was one of the founders of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. He is treasurer and a member of the National Board of American Friends Service Committee.

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The Radical Nonviolent Witness of Jesus

Our world has never been more in need of courageous and creative alternatives to violence and injustice. Street crime, police [鈥

Ched Myers, a theologian, teacher, author, and organizer, has worked with many peace and justice organizations and movements, including American Friends Service Committee, Pacific Concerns Resource Center, and Pacific Life Community. He is currently with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, where he focuses on building capacity for biblical literacy, church renewal, and faith-based witness for justice. This article is based on his presentation to the Peace Gathering on January 13. ©2009 Ched Myers. Much of this material will appear in Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Vol. I: New Testament Reflections on Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, to be published in spring 2009 by Orbis Books.

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My Inaugural Journey

My journey to the National Mall on inaugural day began many years ago. As a little black girl growing up [鈥

LauraWard Holliday is a member of Live Oak Meeting in Houston, Tex.

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Reflections on Hope

This year鈥檚 presidential campaign has brought an unprecedented opportunity to reclaim a sense of decency about the United States. It [鈥

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The Need For Reparations

I am writing in response to a letter published in the August issue of Friends Journal (鈥淩eparations are racist,鈥 by [鈥

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A Significant Anniversary鈥怉nd More

Fifty years ago this month, on June 27, 1958, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed Friends who gathered in Cape May, [鈥

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The Power of Fearful Faithfulness: Martin Luther King Jr.鈥榮 Legacy For Friends

In March, I received an invitation to this summer鈥檚 Friends General Conference Gathering in Johnstown, Pa. Pulling the flyer from [鈥

Steve Chase, a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting, is the founding director of Antioch University New England's master's program in Environmental Advocacy and Organizing. He is also the editor of "The Well-Trained Activist" blog at http://eaop-blog.blogspot.com.

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Fifty鈥怱econd Street

The thermometer read 102 degrees. Two鈥恲ear鈥恛ld Christina lay in bed crying, her tan face red with fever as she turned [鈥

George Lakey is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting.

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Quakers and Reparations for Slavery and Jim Crow

Out of the silence a woman asked, 鈥淲hy don鈥檛 Friends take reparations more seriously? It鈥檚 the kind of issue Quakers [鈥

Jeff Hitchcock is a member and current clerk of Rahway and Plainfield (N.J.) Meeting. He also serves on New York Yearly Meeting's Black Concerns Committee. Jeff wishes to acknowledge the advice and corrections offered by several Friends who have read this article, including Barbara Andrews, Charley Flint, Elizabeth Gordon, Jerry Leaphart, and Helen Garay Toppins. He also wishes to acknowledge Mahesh Thomas, who first made him aware that the 13th Amendment legalizes enslavement of persons convicted of a crime. However, Jeff is solely responsible for the opinions and wording of the final work. He can be reached for comment at (908) 241-5439, or by e-mail at [email protected] On occasion Jeff has been invited to talk with monthly meetings about white Quakers and racial concerns, and he is always happy to do so if practical arrangements of time and travel can be managed.

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