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Quakers Respond to Orlando Shooting (Updated)

Around the web and within Friends organizations and communities, Quakers are responding to the tragic news of a mass shooting […]

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Author Laura Noel reads “Affirming Ivy”

FJ Podcast: At four years old, she had no way of knowing that one day she would again tell her […]

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Author Stephen McNeil reading “Proclaiming Love and Justice”

FJ Podcast: As a peace and justice organization, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) places its work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

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Gender, Sexuality, and Our Bodies

Exploring the language we use to clarify, claim, and understand identity.

Lisa Graustein is a member of Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston, Mass. She is a mother, high school teacher, diversity trainer, and a former young friends coordinator for New England Yearly Meeting. She is active in working for greater equity in schools and the Religious Society of Friends.

Posted in: Features, May 2016: Gender and Sexuality
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Affirming Ivy

How way opened at George School to support transgender students.

Laura Noel is the director of public relations at George School. In addition to her work in the advancement office she is a member of the residential life staff, living in a dorm with eleventh- and twelfth-grade girls.

Posted in: Features, May 2016: Gender and Sexuality
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Walking Cheerfully Over the World

Changing Friends school policies and learning from the leadership of children.

Jen Cort is a member and trustee at Sandy Spring (Md.) Meeting and a consultant for Quaker organizations and schools including Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Young Friends programs, Friends Council on Education, Friends Meeting School, Greene Street Friends, Sandy Spring Friends, Sidwell Friends, and William Penn Charter.

Posted in: Features, May 2016: Gender and Sexuality
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A Natural Woman

Unpacking and exploring the insights and observations of a life in two genders.

Chloe Schwenke is a Quaker at Adelphi (Md.) Meeting, a human rights activist, an international development practitioner, and an educator with over three decades of international experience, nearly half in developing countries. She is also the parent of two children. She currently teaches, and does consulting work internationally.

Posted in: Features, May 2016: Gender and Sexuality
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Proclaiming Love and Justice

A history of American Friends Service Committee’s work for LGBTQ rights and recognition.

Stephen McNeil, a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, Calif., serves as AFSC’s San Francisco Wage Peace director. He has served as staff for 32 years and on a program committee for seven years. He has also served in various roles with Friends Committee on National Legislation for 16 years.

Timeline based on the work of AFSC archivist Jack Sutters.

Posted in: Features, May 2016: Gender and Sexuality
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Beyond Goodness Sex

A response to Friends school educator Al Vernacchio’s book.

Su Penn ([email protected]) previously spoke to Quakers about sex in a 2014 FGC Gathering plenary. Like Walt Whitman, she believes that nothing is profane which can be spoken of with love in the presence of God. Invite her to visit your meeting; you will probably like her and learn something.


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Posted in: Features, November 2015 Books, November 2015: Books and Pop Culture
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Meet Polkadot

By Talcott Broadhead. DangerDot Publishing, 2013. 32 pages. $16.99/hardcover; $6.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 6 and up. As a transgender and […]

Kody Hersh serves as the youth programs assistant for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Posted in: Friends and Other Faiths: Friends and Other Faiths, May 2015 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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