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Student Voices Project

For this year鈥檚 project, Quaker-affiliated students tell stories of Quaker testimonies acting in their lives.

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Finding Simplicity in My Life

As many people鈥檚 lives become more cluttered with events and activities, we become more and more reliant on physical items. I spend a large amount of time thinking about this during the summer. My family spends about a month on Southport Island in Maine. We stay in a cottage that my dad鈥檚 grandparents purchased during [鈥

Robert Bennett, Grade 9, Westtown School, member of Durham (Maine) Meeting


Posted in: Student Voice Project 2018, Student Voices Project, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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Prophetic Witness, Pragmatic Action

What does it mean to be prophetic in a time of political division?

Diane Randall is the executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all.


Posted in: Features, February 2018
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Rhythms of Grace / An Unhurried Leader

Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders. By David O. Williams. Barclay Press, 2017. 138 pages. $14/paperback. An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence. By Alan Fadling. IVP Books, 2017. 174 pages. $20/hardcover; $15.99/eBook. Many clergy and spiritual leaders in the United States suffer from burnout. Friends serving in leadership and ministry roles, [鈥

Chris Mohr is a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., a trustee of Friends Publishing Corp. (publisher of Friends Journal), and the executive director of Friends Center in Philadelphia.


Posted in: January 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Quaker Lifestyles
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Are Meeting Libraries Encumbrances?

Information is coming to us in different ways than it did in the first 350 years of Quaker history.

Carol Kitchen is retired from a career in social work in varied settings. She has professional degrees in library science and social work and a doctorate in religion and society.


Posted in: Online Features, Quaker Libraries
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Faithful Sexuality

By the Working Party on Spirituality and Sexual Ethics. New England Yearly Meeting, 2016. 68 pages. $10/pamphlet; free PDF available at neym鈥.org. At the end of August, a group of evangelicals published a document referred to as 鈥淭he Nashville Statement,鈥 which explicitly reaffirmed the authors鈥 orthodox, exclusionary sexual norms and went to the trouble of [鈥

Gulielma Leonard Fager is a member of Stony Run Meeting in Baltimore, Md., and a Friends Publishing Corporation board member.


Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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Why Talk about Conscientious Objection with Youth?

Conscience must be developed and nurtured.

Curt Torell is an educator, counselor, and organizational development consultant, with a MDiv and a PhD in psychoeducational processes. He is a Quaker House board member and the treasurer for almost ten years. His conscientious objection started while attending seminary.


Posted in: Conscience, Features
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A Leisurely Introduction to How a Bible-believing Christian Can Accept Gay Marriage in the Church

By Becky Ankeny. Meetinghouse, 2017. 42 pages. $3/pamphlet; free eBook. Evangelical Friends in Northwest Yearly Meeting have for some time experienced schismatic turmoil over the issue of same-sex marriage鈥攐r, as Becky Ankeny puts it, 鈥渇ull inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the life of the church.鈥 Although it goes unmentioned in A Leisurely Introduction, it is [鈥

Mitchell Santine Gould is the leading authority on Walt Whitman鈥檚 Quakerism, and runs the website leavesofgrass鈥.org. His analysis of transcendentalism as the secularization of Quakerism has appeared in Quaker History and in Quaker Theology. He is an attender at Multnomah Meeting in Portland, Ore.


Posted in: Conscience, October 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy

By Julie L. Holcomb. Cornell University Press, 2016. 252 pages. $39.95/hardcover or eBook. Those who know much about Quaker history are aware of sharp differences among Friends, especially since the late eighteenth century, over theology, discipline, and centralization versus local autonomy. But Friends found unity against slavery fairly early, scattered in the 1680s, increasing in [鈥

Larry Ingle is an historian of Quakerism whose most recent publication is Nixon鈥檚 First Cover-up: The Religious Life of a Quaker President. A member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, he is retired from the history department of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Posted in: August 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, The Art of Dying
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13th

Written by Ava DuVernay and Spencer Averick, directed by Ava DuVernay. Netflix Documentary, 2016. 100 minutes. Public screenings are free without a Netflix subscription. Private screenings are free with subscription. Visit the official site on Netflix Ava DuVernay鈥檚 Netflix documentary 13th is quite simply a tour de force. Central to this account of how the [鈥

David Etheridge is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and clerk of Baltimore Yearly Meeting鈥檚 Working Group on Racism.


Posted in: August 2017 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, The Art of Dying
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