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Quaker Works April 2019

This semiannual feature highlights the recent works of Quaker organizations in eight categories.

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Finding My Community

I grew up going to a Quaker meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. I never truly liked going to meeting because [
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Jocie Resnik, Grade 9, Westtown School, member of Goshen Meeting in West Chester, Pa.

Posted in: Student Voice Project 2018, Student Voices Project, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Meeting God in Scripture: A Hands‐On Guide to Lectio Divina

By Jan Johnson. InterVarsity Press, 2016. 256 pages. $17/paperback; $16.99/eBook. We Quakers have a rather complicated relationship with the Bible. [
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Brent Bill recently retired from his position as associate secretary for communications, publications, and outreach at Friends General Conference. He is a member of West Newton Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., and his newest book is Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality (Second Edition).

Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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Envisioning Broader Quaker Membership

Jennifer Swann and Emily Provance share their stories and discuss the need for alternative models of membership.

Jennifer Swann and Emily Provance are members of the Alternate Pathways to Membership Working Group in New York Yearly Meeting under the care of the Ministry Coordinating Committee. Emily is a member of Fifteenth Street Meeting in Manhattan. Jennifer is in the process of moving her membership from South Berkshire Meeting in Great Barrington, Mass., to Fifteenth Street Meeting.

Posted in: June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem, Online Features
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The Value of Seminary

Lives of Friends: “But why go to seminary?”

Ashley M. Wilcox is a recorded minister and pastor of Church of Mary Magdalene. She is a member of Freedom Friends Church and a sojourning member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting. Her writing has been published in Friends Journal, Western Friend, and various Quaker anthologies, as well as on her website, ashleymwilcox.com.

Posted in: June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem, Lives of Friends
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The Peace Class: A Study of Effective Cheek‐turning, Neighbor‐loving and Sword‐to‐plowshare Conversion

By Diana Hadley and David Weatherspoon. Self‐published, 2015. 220 pages. $12.99/paperback; $5.99/eBook. Both Diana Hadley and David Weatherspoon write well, [
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Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting and coauthors of Earthcare for Children. Both participated in a peace studies seminar taught by Philip Wogaman in 1965 (Sandy) and 1966 (Tom) at the University of the Pacific. Both Sandy and Tom have trained as Alternatives to Violence Project facilitators.

Posted in: June/July 2017 Books, June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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Stumbling Forward toward Racial Justice among Friends

Two Friends share their stories of growing up in a race‐defined world and how they’ve been led to work for [
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Lucy Duncan serves American Friends Service Committee as director of Friends Relations and is a storyteller and member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. Noah White is an adjunct professor at Temple University in the College of Public Health. He loves a challenge and the thrill of competition. He also enjoys helping others attain their kinesthetic goals.

 

Posted in: Features, Race and Anti-Racism
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Enlarging Our Circle of Love

By Margaret Fisher. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 440), 2016. 32 pages. $7/pamphlet. A physician, organic gardener, and member of Baltimore [
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Carl Blumenthal is a member of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Meeting. He was a culture critic at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle for 20 years. Food was one of his beats.

Posted in: February 2017, February 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Giving from a Peaceful Place

Finding a balance in our work.

Lisa Smith runs a nonprofit in Washington state that serves seven counties. She brings 30 years of experience with legal, economic development, academic, environmental, tribal, and nonprofit partners. Her research has been published in Consumer Reports, Scholastic magazine, and the American Journal of Public Health. She attends Olympia (Wash.) Meeting.

Posted in: Features, Giving and Philanthropy
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News, September 2016

News from Friends at the FGC Gathering, British Quakers in business, and the Friends Committee on Scouting.

Posted in: News, September 2016
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