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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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Reflections on Hope

This year’s presidential campaign has brought an unprecedented opportunity to reclaim a sense of decency about the United States. It […]

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The Need For Reparations

I am writing in response to a letter published in the August issue of Friends Journal (“Reparations are racist,” by […]

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A Significant Anniversary‐And More

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

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

In March, I received an invitation to this summer’s Friends General Conference Gathering in Johnstown, Pa. Pulling the flyer from […]

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‐Second Street

The thermometer read 102 degrees. Two‐year‐old Christina lay in bed crying, her tan face red with fever as she turned […]

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, “Why don’t Friends take reparations more seriously? It’s the kind of issue Quakers […]

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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Immigration and Friends Testimonies: Seeing That of God in Our Immigrant Neighbors

Friends have been concerned about the exploitation and dehumanization of workers for many years, most notably in our opposition to […]

Danielle Short is a member of Mountain View Meeting in Denver, Colo. She is the human rights program director at the Colorado office of American Friends Service Committee, where she has done community organizing with Latino/Latina immigrants and citizen supporters of immigrant rights. She is currently coordinating the production of a DVD faith curriculum on immigration, a joint project with the Colorado Council of Churches, Iliff School of Theology, the Bell Policy Center, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and AFSC. She is also in the process of co-founding an intentional community based on sustainability, shared spirituality, and social justice work.

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