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Closeness Is Not Measured by Distance: A Dynamic Journal for Children of Incarcerated Parents

By Bernard Johnson and Bruce Bryan. Empowerment Agenda, 2015. 107 pages. $14.95/paperback. Recommended for ages 8 and up. The authors of this 100-page paperback journal are both incarcerated at Sing Sing Prison (at the time of publishing, Bernard Johnson was scheduled for release in mid-April), and one of them grew up with an incarcerated parent. To […]

Alison James is a member of South Starksboro (Vt.) Meeting.


Posted in: May 2018 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews, What Are Quaker Values Anyway?
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The Cost of a Healing Gift

The discovery of a gift for healing is only the first step in a process of learning and discipline.

John Jeremiah Edminster, a mid-life convert to Christian faith and unprogrammed Quakerism, is currently studying toward an MDiv degree at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Ind., where he lives with his wife, Elizabeth. They are members of Clear Creek Meeting in Richmond. He has two adult children.


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A Network of Love

An Indiana witness in Palestine, remembered. đź”’ Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: every Friends Journal ever published, […]

Lois Jordan is a lifelong Quaker who grew up in Rich Square Meeting in Indiana and graduated from Earlham College. When Rich Square closed, she and her husband, Carl (now deceased), became members of New Castle (Ind.) Meeting. She presently resides at Friends Fellowship Community in Richmond, Ind., and is a member of West Richmond Meeting in Richmond, Ind. She is the author of Ramallah Teacher: The Life of Mildred White, Quaker Missionary, now out of print.


Posted in: Features, Quakers and the Holy Land
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Meredith Lynne Brookes

Brookes – Meredith Lynne Brookes, 36, on September 22, 2017, in Bradford, N.H., peacefully, after a brief illness. Meredith was born on December 19, 1980, in Marlton, N.J., to Constance and Robert Brookes. At age three, she was diagnosed with Mayer–Rokitansky–Küster–Hauser (MRKH) Syndrome, which at the time was little understood by the medical profession, but […]

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Fellowship of Friends of African Descent and Hill House Friends Meeting. All photos courtesy of the author.

Breath of the Ancestors

The Fellowship of Friends of African Descent travels to Ghana’s Hill House Meeting.

Paul Ricketts is an avid reader, educator, and a member of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Meeting.


Posted in: Features, February 2018
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Viewpoint: Influencing People Who Shape Public Policy

Tips to make sure one’s advocacy actually influences policymakers. đź”’ Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A year of Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world’s largest online library of Quaker information: every Friends […]

Barbara Hildt is a member of Amesbury (Mass.) Meeting who was elected five times to serve from 1983–1993 as Massachusetts state representative for First Essex District.


Posted in: February 2018, Viewpoint
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Being Quaker…Where you are: A Journey Among Isolated Friends in the Northwest

By Sakre Kennington Edson. Western Friend, 2017. 244 pages. $20/paperback; $9/eBook. In the middle of an overly full week, I promised to read this book for Friends Journal. The rash promise turned out to yield an unexpected gift, and I encourage you to open this book for yourself and pass it around your meeting. Sakre […]

Brian Drayton worships with the new Souhegan Friends Meeting in Wilton, N.H., allowed by Weare Meeting in Henniker, N.H.


Posted in: February 2018 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, September 2017
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News, December 2017

News of Friends: What Canst Thou Say? Colloquium; Quaker leaders part of church delegation to the Middle East; appointment at Ramallah Friends School.

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Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market

FJ Review: “Although the rhymes are easy, the poet Michelle Schaub has tossed in long and unusual words which will piquĂ© the interest of ages three to eight.”

Retired school librarian Margaret Walden, a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting, visits a farmers’ market that sets up weekly on the front porch of her hometown public library in Lakewood, Ohio.


Posted in: Conflict and Controversy, December 2017 Books: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Quaker Book Reviews
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Beauty; Beauty Everywhere

The sound of machines, monitors, and people in the hallway evaporated; it felt like being in meeting for worship when the gathered center down.

Geoff Knowlton grew up Quaker and was later ordained in the United Church of Christ. He returned to the Friends and joined Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. He worked for a small hospice in New Hampshire and is currently a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and attachment-related disorders.


Posted in: Online Features, The Art of Dying
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