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Why I Got Arrested at the Border

A walk along the beach鈥攁nd an interfaith plea for the soul of a nation.

Lucy Duncan is the director of Friends Relations at American Friends Service Committee. She is a settler, currently residing on unceded Lenni Lenape territory, a storyteller, and an anti-racist activist and teacher.

This article appears in the February 2019 print issue of Friends Journal.


Posted in: Features, February 2019, Unfeatured
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Participants at the 2018 Gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent in Philadelphia, Pa. Photo courtesy of the author.

Are We Ready to Make the Necessary Changes?

What barriers prevent a racially diverse Religious Society of Friends in the United States?

Vanessa Julye leads workshops, and speaks and writes articles on issues regarding racism. A member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, who travels under a concern for addressing racism in Quakerism with a travel minute from her meeting, Vanessa is Friends General Conference's coordinator for the Ministry on Racism, Youth, and Institutional Assessment.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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A black woman confronts Trump supporters at a 2016 rally in St. Louis, Mo. Photo 漏 Patience Zalanga.

Building White Racial Stamina

The primary way to develop racial stamina is to wade or dive in.

Elizabeth (Liz) A. Oppenheimer carries a concern for addressing whiteness and racism among Friends. She recently distributed an open letter to white Friends, which is on her web-log at _thegoodraisedup.blogspot.com_. She is a member of Bear Creek Meeting outside of Earlham, Iowa, and worships with Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative).


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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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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We Are Not John Woolman

The prophetic agitator is remembered and spoken of years later; the people that wanted them gone are forgotten today.

Gabbreell James is a lifelong Friend of color, active in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Undoing Racism Group and at her monthly meeting, Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia. She wants to help Friends be truly welcoming to all people.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement

By Sarah Azaransky. Oxford University Press, 2017. 296 pages. $34.95/hardcover; $23.99/eBook. The story of the Civil Rights Movement is almost [鈥

Isaac Barnes May is a member of Charlottesville (Va.) Meeting. He is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at the University of Virginia.


Posted in: January 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

By Francisco Cant煤. Riverhead Books, 2018. 256 pages. $26/hardcover; $17/paperback (available February 2019); $12.99/eBook. Almost four years ago, I reviewed [鈥

David Austin is a member of Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting. He lives in Marlton, N.J., where he teaches middle school world history. He is currently writing a book about the Holocaust for young adults.


Posted in: January 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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Gudrun Helga Schulz Weeks

Weeks鈥擥udrun Helga Schulz Weeks, 83, on May 29, 2018, in Hanover, N.H., of necrotizing fasciitis. Gudrun was born on January [鈥

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Evergreen Worship Group circa 2006. Photo courtesy of the author.

Staying in It

A search for a faith community guided from within by God.

Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore (Pa.)Meeting, has led workshops on numerous subjects related to the spiritual life and is author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey. She is a core teacher for the upcoming nine-month course, Nurturing Faithfulness. Her blog is called A Whole Heart.


Posted in: Online Features, Quakers and Christianity
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Emma Membreno-Sorto sharing a statement at the March 14 press conference held at Albuquerque Meeting. Image from YouTube.

Provide Sanctuary

It is time for people of conscience to embrace the brothers and sisters among us. 馃敀 Friends Journal Member? Sign [鈥

Michael Resman lives in聽Rochester, Minn.


Posted in: Quakers and Christianity, Viewpoint
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