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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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Transitioning in the Light: A Quaker Community’s Journey across the Gender Divide

I was feeling terribly alone on that cold February evening as I placed the call to Carole Hoage. Muscles knotted […]

Chloe Schwenke, a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting, is an ethicist and international development consultant. She is the author of Reclaiming Value in International Development: The Moral Divisions of Development Policy and Practice in Poor Countries. Her website is http://www.developmentvalues.net.

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On Sexism as a Spiritual Disaster

I have been a feminist for 35 years. It has been, in effect, my religion. For me, feminism is a […]

Judith Fetterley, a member of Albany (N.Y.) Meeting, has retired from teaching American literature, writing, and feminist theory at SUNY Albany. Among her writings is The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction. She has chaired the board of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, served on the Steering Committee of the National Women's Studies Association, and now serves on the Steering Committee of Women Against War, a local peace activist organization. Since retiring she has started Perennial Wisdom, a small perennial garden business, and she is writing a book on gardening as a spiritual practice. She serves on the Witness Coordinating Committee of New York Yearly Meeting.

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North Carolina Friends grapple with integrity regarding sexuality

We would like to inform the wider Quaker community of some difficult issues that Friends in North Carolina have been […]

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The Cross and the Cuckoo’s Egg

I have followed with interest the rise, among U.S. churches, of scapegoating. Men who love men, women who love women, […]

Risa Stephanie Bear is a member of Eugene (Oreg.) Meeting.

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The Bible and Same‐Sex Relationships

We Quakers have been wrestling with the issue of same‐sex relationships for some time, at least since Alastair Heron and […]

Catherine Griffith, an Oregon native, grew up among Evangelical Friends in Northwest Yearly Meeting. She is a member of Valley Mills (Ind.) Meeting and was a pastor there for 12 years. Currently she attends Charlottesville (Va.) Meeting. She recently received a PhD degree in Religious Ethics from University of Virginia.

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Quakers, Sexuality, and Spirituality

Talking about sex in any context, even a Quaker one, can be dangerous because we don’t all use the same […]

John Calvi, a member of Putney (Vt.) Meeting, has worked with trauma survivors for 22 years. His book on healing from trauma, The Dance between Hope and Fear: The Soft Touch Journals, will be available later this year.

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Gender, Integrity, and Spirituality: A Personal Journey

For most of the first 40 years of my life I would not have said that I was a very […]

Petra L. Doan, associate professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University, is engaged in teaching and research in Third World Planning. She is a member of Tallahassee Meeting. © 2002 Petra L. Doan

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An Open and Affirming Community

Sixty‐two of us gathered in prayerful silence. This was the culmination of our searching, of seven long years of workshops […]

Nancy Haines is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting.

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