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Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

By Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. Carolrhoda Books, 2018. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $9.99/eBook. […]

Julia Copeland is the school librarian at Greene Street Friends School in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. She has spent the last three years growing the school library collection to reflect the diversity of the Greene Street Friends School community and the world we live in.

Posted in: Friendly Competition?, May 2019: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

By Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden. Bloomsbury YA, 2018. 288 pages. $19.99/hardcover; $13.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 12–18. In her 2016 […]

Anna Carolyn McCormally is a member of Herndon (Va.) Meeting. She is the recipient of Pendle Hill’s 2019 Minnie Jane Arts Scholarship and is serving as writer in residence there from March through July 2019. Anna has a MFA in fiction from the University of Maryland.

Posted in: Friendly Competition?, May 2019: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Laughing for the Wary

Humor can help build religious community but it can also hurt and cause division.

Howard R. Macy is retired from teaching at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. He continues to write and serve in public ministry. Two of his books treat humor and religion: Laughing Pilgrims: Humor and the Spiritual Journey and Discovering Humor in the Bible: An Explorer's Guide.

Posted in: Features, Humor in Religion
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Satire, Peace, and the Mennonite Tradition

What’s the difference between a Mennonite and a Quaker?

Andrew J. Bergman is a Mennonite writer from Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Mennonite satire website The Daily Bonnet.

Posted in: Features, Humor in Religion
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Never Having Set Foot in the Meetinghouse

When the meetinghouse is on the other side of state prison walls.

Yohannes "Knowledge" Johnson is a member of Bulls Head-Oswego (N.Y.) Meeting and is clerk of Green Haven Preparative Meeting. He was born and raised in Harlem, N.Y. He has been in prison since 1980 and is currently working on a petition in support of executive clemency in New York State.

Posted in: Features, Outside the Meetinghouse
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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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Eleven Steps toward an Enduring World

A fiercely idealistic vision of a humanity cured of its addiction to violence and war.

Robert Dockhorn, a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., was trained as a European historian. He is a former administrator of Testimonies and Concerns programs for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and a former senior editor of Friends Journal.

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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The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial

By Elizabeth Fournier. New World Library, 2018. 208 pages. $15.95/paperback; $12.76/eBook. I’ve been interested in the idea of a green […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She has worked for Earth for many decades and currently is involved in the international Transition Town Movement.

Posted in: February 2019, February 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews
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Living on Automatic: How Emotional Conditioning Shapes Our Lives and Relationships

By Homer B. Martin and Christine B.L. Adams. Praeger, 2018. 187 pages. $37/hardcover or eBook. Quaker doctor Christine B.L. Adams […]

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