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Frederick Carl Neidhardt

Neidhardt鈥擣rederick Carl Neidhardt, 85, on October 7, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz., of injuries from a fall following a long neurodegenerative illness. Fred was born on May 12, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Carrie Fry and Adam Fred Neidhardt, and attended public elementary and high school there. Confirmed as a Presbyterian to please his maternal grandmother, […]

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Bayard Rustin at Swarthmore College

Bayard Rustin鈥檚 spiritual depth has been widely overlooked and deserves to be brought back to our attention.

Newton Garver is a 1951 graduate of Swarthmore聽College, a member of Buffalo (N.Y.)聽Meeting, and President of the Bolivian Quaker聽Education Fund. He lives with his wife聽Anneliese in East Concord N.Y., where Bayard聽visited them a couple of times.


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I Beg Your Forgiveness

About two weeks ago I was at Indiana Yearly Meeting, where the main speaker was Jan Wood, who is well known among Friends. Maybe some of you have had the opportunity to hear her speak. She’s from Northwest Yearly Meeting, and wherever she goes, she has a very powerful witness and message that she brings […]

Eden Grace is a member of Beacon Hill Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting. Since 2004 she has been serving as the Field Officer in the Friends United Meeting Africa Ministries Office in Kisumu, Kenya. She has a Masters of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School and is active with the World Council of Churches. She and her husband Jim have two teenage sons.


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Encouraging Each Other’s Faith and Truths

My thoughts about Friends United Meeting and its relationship with Friends in New England have changed a lot over the last six or seven years. As a lifelong Quaker, I’ve always been aware, to varying extents, of our role in FUM and its role in our yearly meeting. But my first real interaction with FUM […]

Hannah Zwirner is a lifelong attender of Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston and of New England Yearly Meeting. She is currently studying religion and history at Harvard Extension School. Over the years as she has grown into the adult community in NEYM, she has felt a strong calling to help the yearly meeting learn to communicate effectively with each other and to involve Young Adult Friends in both worship and business.


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God Has No Hands on Earth but Ours

I have always been Quaker, even before I really knew what that meant. I have been Quaker in my upbringing, but also in my way of being in the world. I am Quaker because of the way I have been living out my values for as long as I can remember. In my household growing […]

Anne-Marie Witzburg is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting and is co-coordinator of the Young Friends group there. She is a high school Spanish teacher and the advisor for the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. She is committed to creating a safe space for dialogue about social justice issues as a first step to taking action for positive change. She loves running in the rain and baking vegan desserts. She lives with her partner in Boston.


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Little Girl, Wake Up

My granddaughter Abby sometimes likes me to tell her stories about Jesus. She is four, so I keep them simple and steer away from the complex confrontations with the Pharisees. What Jesus did when he was on Earth makes for good stories. One evening, Abby, her mother, and I were all piled on my bed, […]

Rebecca Ankeny has worked as an English professor and administrator since 1986, and at George Fox University since 1988. In January 2012, she will become the General Superintendent of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. She and her husband Mark have two daughters and sons-in-law and three granddaughters. She is a member of Newberg (Oregon) Friends Church and her interests include music, soccer, reading, preaching, and writing.


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Every Woman Counts

Haiti is a dangerous place to be a pregnant woman. While the worldwide average risk of dying in childbirth has been reduced, the lifetime risk for Haitian women of death during childbirth is a frightening one in 44, the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. A serious lack of healthcare infrastructure, insufficient numbers […]

Janett Forte is a professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she serves as program director for the VCU Institute for Women’s Health. Since 2008, she has followed a leading to volunteer with grassroots and local empowerment projects in developing countries. She attends Richmond (Va.) Friends Meeting and lives in an intentional community in nearby Hanover County, Va.


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On a Mission to Heal the Planet

Risking esteem and friendship to speak truth through Friends ministry interviewed by Shirley Dodson Amanda, what motivated you to apply to become a resident student at Pendle Hill? I loved Pendle Hill from the moment I stepped onto the campus in 2002. I found great solace and comfort in the grounds; actually the very ground, […]

Amanda Kemp, a member of Lancaster (Pa.) Meeting, is the founder of Theatre for Transformation, a company that has reached over 7,000 people since its launch in 2007, and the author of a forthcoming book, The Ancestors are Calling: Your Guide to Forgiveness and Creating a Life of Purpose. Shirley Dodson, a member of the Middletown Meeting in Lima, Pa., is director of communications at Pendle Hill.


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Remember that You are Dust and to Dust You Shall Return

Wednesday morning at 6 am my alarm woke me from warm, senseless sleep to face a cold, rainy, and intimidating day. I delayed the call for minutes, wanting to lose myself again in wondrous sleep. I finally pulled myself out of bed, dressed, prepared coffee, and set out for Mass. Ash Wednesday is a day […]

Dan Coppock, a member of Eastern Hills Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, lives and attends worship in West Philadelphia. He is a former Friends Journal intern.


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Service in the Friends Ambulance Unit

In October 1944, it was my privilege to be one of the Canadian conscientious objectors who had volunteered for service with Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) in China. I had come to Pendle Hill for training, which included study of the Chinese language and culture under the tutelage of a charming Chinese woman. It was augmented […]

Edwin V. Abbott, a member of Simcoe-Muskoka Meeting in Ontario, Canada, is a retired physician.


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