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Quakers March for Eco‐Justice

On November 18, 2010, I walked into the Martin Luther King Jr. room of Friends Center in Philadelphia, Pa., where […]

Sophia Lazare, a recent graduate of Ursinus College with a BA in English, is currently working as an editorial intern for Friends Journal.

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Teaching in a Culture of Poverty and Violence

I am committed to addressing the issues of hatred and violence in the world. I have often wondered how the […]

Stephanie Wilder, a member of Swannanoa Valley Meeting in Black Mountain, N.C., teaches at Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center, a school for adjudicated youth in North Carolina, where she began working in 2001. Her previous positions have been with independent schools, including 20 years at Charlotte Country Day School.

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Torture and the War System

Thanks for John Calvi’s Viewpoint “A Perfect Spiritual Work” (FJ Aug.). I was inspired and stimulated by his discussion of […]

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When I Was Thirsty

Last year I visited the Sonoran Desert, which straddles the U.S.-Mexican border, for the third time— this time to volunteer […]

Michael Pratt, a retired park ranger, is a member of Estes Park (Colo.) Worship Group/Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. (About this group, he writes: "Originally formed to allow local Friends and UUs to explore common ground, our fellowship meets weekly year-round. A half hour of silence is followed by introductions, coffee, and Joys and Concerns. A group member or outside speaker then presents a program on a subject announced a month or two ahead.")

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I Choose Choice

Rachel MacNair, in “My Personal Journey on the Abortion Issue” (FJ Feb.), has written a moving statement about her personal […]

Deborah Fink is a member of Ames (Iowa) Meeting.

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My Visit to Gaza with the Gaza Freedom March

On the first anniversary of the war on Gaza, known as Operation Cast Lead, close to 1,400 people from more […]

David Hartsough, a member of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting, is director of Peaceworkers (see http://www.peaceworkersus.org) and co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce (see http://www.nonviolentpeaceforceorg). He recently spent a month in Palestine and Israel co-leading an interfaith peacebuilding delegation. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Twin Cities Meeting and Same‐Gender Marriage

This November, Twin Cities Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, approved a minute stating that our meeting will no longer perform […]

Lydia Caros is a member of Twin Cities Meeting in St. Paul, Minn.

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Quakers in Germany during and after the World Wars

At the end of the 17th century, groups of German Quakers migrated to North America, leaving only very small, scattered […]

Henning Mielke, a freelance journalist, lives in Berlin. While working on various radio features about Christian resistance to the Nazis, he found a trail that led to the Quakers. In 2004 he produced a 30-minute feature for North German Radio. He occasionally attends the meeting for worship in Berlin. He is the founder of NACOA Deutschland, a charity that advocates for children of addicted families.

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How Quakers Can Support the Troops?

Shortly after submitting this article to Friends Journal, about soldiers resisting deployment, I was stunned by the news from Ft. […]

David Morse is a member of Storrs (Conn.) Meeting. He divides his time between writing and activism; see http://www.david-morse.com.

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A Quaker’s Quest in Poland

Poland wouldn’t have been my first choice as a tourist destination. I had too many troubling memories going back to […]

Lyndon S. Back is a member of Old Haverford Meeting in Havertown, Pa., and a member of Friends Historical Association. Her Pendle Hill Pamphlet Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark: Turned in the Hand of Godwas published in 2007. In 2008 she received grants from the Lyman Fund, the Pemberton Fund, and her monthly and quarterly meetings to spend a month in Poland, retracing the footsteps of Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark and visiting the sites of the Quaker Mission. This article is the story of her journey. Since her return from Poland, Lyn has continued to research the work of the Quaker Mission in Poland. She also teaches Oral Communication at Harcum College. When she is not preparing lesson plans or listening to student presentations, she is analyzing a collection of letters and reports recently uncovered in an archive in Warsaw, Poland. The documents date back to 1920 and 1921, when the Catholic Church raised serious allegations about the true purpose of the Quaker Mission in eastern Poland.

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