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What Does the Outside Say?

The literal surroundings of our meetinghouses can be a public statement of our values and beliefs.

Brad Stocker served on Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College for 22 years. He has a post-doctoral certificate in ecology and human spirit. Brad creates and facilitates earth literacy workshops. He is a member of Miami (Fla.) Meeting, co-clerk of Southeastern Yearly Meeting's Earthcare Committee, and a representative to Quaker Earthcare Witness.

Posted in: Features, Outside the Meetinghouse
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Monthly worship along Fresh Pond Parkway in front of Raytheon in Cambridge, Mass. The author is seen standing. 漏 Skip Schiel.

Experiments with Worship

Quaker worship takes to the streets.

Elizabeth Claggett-Borne enjoys biking to work, accompanying a family in sanctuary, and trying not to fidget in worship. She is grateful to be a part of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.). She teaches Exploring the Quaker Way, laughs at her hubris, and travels in the ministry.

Posted in: Features, Outside the Meetinghouse
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Surprised by Joy

A family tragedy unleashes a flood of unexpected emotions and lessons.

Kat Griffith is a member of Winnebago Worship Group in east central Wisconsin, a high school teacher, and former homeschooler. She has previously written for Friends Journal about Northern Yearly Meeting's relationship with Salvadoran Friends and "Conversations from the Heartland," a series of discussions with conservative Christian homeschooling friends.

An earlier version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of What Canst Thou Say?

Posted in: Features, February 2019
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Forum, February 2019

Letters from our readers.

Posted in: February 2019, Forum
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Art as Soul鈥檚 Sanctuary: Meditations On Arts and Spirituality among Quakers and Beyond

By Jennifer Elam. Pendle Hill Pamphlets (number 452), 2018. 34 pages. $7/pamphlet. Jennifer Elam is a psychologist, Quaker, and artist/writer/dancer [鈥

Patricia Morrison attends South Mountain Meeting (NPYM) in Ashland, Ore. She works with artists, writers, musicians, and creative professionals to help them make a living, make a life, and make a difference (innerfireouterlight.com). She is working on a book about how to make work that is at the intersection of creativity and social good financially and otherwise sustainable.

Posted in: February 2019, February 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Expectant Visions of a Christian Anarchist

Have Friends lost our willingness to be countercultural?

Zae Asa Illo (formerly David Breitzmann) serves on the Ministry and Oversight Committee of San Francisco (Calif.) Meeting. He co-founded the weekly #FridayFoodSharing (2014), streetDoves (nonviolent, civilian-based defense training, 2017), Uplifted (a digital pacifist newsletter, 2018), and has met monthly with an oversight committee since 2016. He is in discernment for application to seminary and has finished the initial draft for his first collection of poetry.

Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Not One Quaker Experience but Many

Among Friends: Our introduction to the December issue on Quakers and Christianity.

Gabriel Ehri is聽executive director of聽Friends Journal.

Posted in: Among Friends, Quakers and Christianity
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Author Jeff Rasley first came to Indianpolis's First Friends Meeting seeking fiscal sponsorship for small-scale development projects in the Basa area of Nepal His first experience of a Quaker worship service le him to think First Friends might fill another, more personal desire.

A Space for Doubt

When religious services are stripped of doctrinal claims, doubters and skeptics can participate with greater integrity.

Jeff Rasley is a retired attorney who serves on the boards of six nonprofit organizations. He has taught classes at Butler and Marian Universities about culturally sensitive development in agrarian communities. He is a regular attender of Indianapolis (Ind.) First Friends Meeting.

Posted in: Features, Quakers and Christianity
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Beech tree roots, <a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1846713">Creative Commons 漏 by Stephen Craven</a>.

Quaker Christian Ways and Roots

Returning to a comprehensive Christianity of behavior and belief.

Donne Hayden is a recorded minister and convinced Friend (convinced that all the first Friends were convinced Friends!). She served seven years as minister at Cincinnati (Ohio) Meeting and is still a member. She retired in 2015 and currently works part-time for Wilmington Yearly Meeting as office administrator.

Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity
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How Am I a Christian?

Will others see us as Christians by our love?

Douglas C. Bennett served as president of Earlham College from 1997 to 2011. Now retired, he is a member of Durham (Maine) Meeting.

Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity
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