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Sexual Ethics: What Is Our Goal?

As I understand it, the central Quaker commitment is to listen to the Spirit’s promptings and act faithfully in accordance […]

Joanna Hoyt, a member of Portland (Maine) Meeting, has worked and worshiped for the last eight years at St. Francis Farm, a community in upstate New York that practices an alternative to the consumer culture through prayer, sustainable agriculture/forestry, and presence and assistance to neighbors.

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Differences along the Path towards Equal Marriage

When seeking inclusivity in marriage minutes, it is tempting to focus on similarities between same‐sex and opposite‐sex couples. There are […]

Annika Fjelstad lives with her spouse, Heather Ferguson, and their two elementary-school-age children. They have spent the past two years as sojourning members of Monteverde Meeting, Costa Rica, where Annika serves as director of Monteverde Friends School.

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Two Moms Are Better than One

Finally, the conductor collected our train tickets. “Good. Everyone’s straight now,” he said. “I’m not,” replied my mother. The conductor […]

Christina "Nina" Huether-Burns was welcomed into Pittsburgh (Pa.) Meeting as a toddler. She currently attends various meetings in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Her interests are in human rights, education, working with children, Spanish, and community development. A senior at The Barrie School, she wrote this as her college application essay. She plans to attend Earlham College.

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When My Meeting Had My Back

Bitter laughter isn’t my usual response when I look into my new issue of Friends Journal, but a few years […]

Dee Birch Cameron, a member of El Paso (Tex.) Meeting, is a librarian and often acts in a community theater.

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The Miracle of Death

On May 10, 2006, my wife and partner of a quarter century, Deborah “Misty” Gerner, who was under treatment for […]

Philip Schrodt was a regular attender, and Deborah Gerner a member, of Oread Meeting in Lawrence, Kans. Details on Deborah Gerner's life, and an extended set of emails detailing her experience with metastatic breast cancer, can be found at her memorial website, http://deborahgerner.org.

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Divine Love in Action

I first met Michael Baldwin and Uriel Orellano when they attended a Couple Enrichment workshop led by my husband and […]

Joan Liversidge is a member of Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting. She and her husband, Rich, serve as leaders and trainers of new leader couples in Friends General Conference's Couple Enrichment Program.

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FGC’s Couple Enrichment Program

Friends General Conference’s Couple Enrichment Program is a ministry of couples who, recognizing the divine center of committed relationships, support […]

Brad Sheeks is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. He and his wife, Patricia McBee, serve as leaders and trainers of new leader couples in Friends General Conference's Couple Enrichment Program.

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Clearness Committees at the Crossroads of Our Working Lives

The fork in the road—it’s an experience that affects many of us at one time or another in the course […]

William Charland is a member of Gila Meeting in Silver City, N.Mex., where he serves as convener of the Ministry and Oversight Committee. He is the author of Life-Work: A Career Guide for Idealists, and a novel, Soundings.

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Gifts of Eldering

I had planned this year to take a break from FGC Gathering. Polly, my partner of 27 years, couldn’t come […]

Wendy C. Sanford, a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), is a writer, editor, and longtime co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Her thanks go to Melody Brazo and Polly Attwood for their leadership and support.

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Sharing about Personal Faith

My first FWCC experience was the 1999 Section of the Americas Annual Meeting in Whittier, California. The theological and cultural […]

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