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Questions to Ask Military Recruiters and Yourself

Have you, a friend, or a family member ever wondered if the military was the best option for a job [鈥

Don Lathrop is a longtime attender of Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting.

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Threshold Choirs

Five years ago, after attending a workshop by Richard Lee on Meetings for Healing, I started a Meeting for Healing [鈥

Melody Johnson, a member of Ithaca (N.Y.) Meeting, is a retired teacher and for 17 years has been a volunteer mediator at her local Community Dispute Resolution Center.

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Questions for Quakers about Cars

On a cold, rainy day in Maine around Thanksgiving 2005, I got rid of my car. Bright yellow maple leaves [鈥

Benjamin J. Vail is an environmental sociologist and member of Madison (Wis.) Meeting. He currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic, where he is clerk of the Prague Worship Group, http://www.kvakeri.cz. He maintains close ties to Brunswick (Maine) Meeting in his hometown.

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Meeting for Soup

I rarely help out with First鈥恉ay school, but they needed a substitute one Sunday, so I volunteered. In the days [鈥

Eileen Flanagan is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. This piece is excerpted from her blog, http://www.imperfectserenity.com

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Love and Accountability

I started thinking about issues of responsibility for people with progressive, long鈥恡erm disabilities because of my friend Teddie. (For Teddie [鈥

Diane Pasta and her spouse, Lex Bumm, have relocated from Salmon Bay Meeting in Seattle, Wash., to Palo Alto Meeting in Calif., where Diane is near her mother, brother, and nephew. She loves her daily morning routine of writing, swimming outdoors, and doing The New York Times crossword puzzle. A retired middle school math teacher, Diane tutors part-time.

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Spiritual Direction as a Resource for Friends

Friends come to their meetings out of some kind of spiritual hunger鈥攁 desire for belonging and encouragement in making the [鈥

Patty Levering is a member of Davidson (N.C.) Meeting. She is a graduate of Earlham School of Religion, where she first experienced spiritual direction. She has been a spiritual director for many years, and a year ago became spiritual director for Davidson Clergy Center. She completed the Spiritual Nurturer program of School of the Spirit in May 2006, and is now a core teacher for that program.

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Challenging Certainty

I believe that Friends are called to reflect anew on our relationship with animals. This concern dates back at least [鈥

Scott Simon hosts Weekend Edition-Saturday on National Public Radio. His most recent book is Pretty Birds, a novel set during the siege of Sarajevo. He is a former member of Northside Meeting in Chicago, Ill., and Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.). He now irregularly attends Friends meetings in New York City (Morningside, Fifteenth Street) and other places. He is the author of two recent Friends Journal articles: "Reflections on the Events of September 11" (Dec. 2001) and "To Friends Journal Readers: A Response" (May 2003). He has been asked to speak about some of his dissonant ideas at various Quaker schools and forums, and he is grateful for the warmth, courtesy, and fellowship with which he has been received.

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Living Our Convictions

Faithfulness The first call is to God, to faithfulness. Out of faithfulness rises the call to live in peace. In [鈥

Nadine Hoover has served as secretary of Southeastern Yearly Meeting and as clerk of Tallahassee (Fla.) and Alfred (N.Y.) Meetings. She has facilitated Alternatives to Violence workshops since 1978, and serves under a travel minute since 1996 with a concern for youth, Quaker practice, nonviolence, somatics, and early childhood development in the U.S. and Indonesia, building relationships across borders. A video, Friends in Conscience: Quaker Service in Indonesia, is available from Alfred Meeting on her opening talk to NYYM Spring Session 2006. Contact Alfred Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 773, Alfred, NY 14802.

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Louisiana Journal

Shortly after Hurricane Rita, Virginia Ratliff, a native of Louisiana, felt called to return to the rural Gulf Coast and [鈥

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Friends Neighborhood Guild: A Quaker Presence in Philadelphia

The Beginnings In 1879, as an expression of concern for their new immigrant neighbors, Friends in the Northern Liberties section [鈥

Pamela Haines, a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, has been on the board of Friends Neighborhood Guild since 1995. Also a writer, some of her essays appear at http://pamelascolumn.blogspot.com.

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