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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. 🔒 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 pique 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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We Need a YAF

We have a disconnect between faith and practice.

Mackenzie Morgan is a software engineer and a member of Adelphi (Md.) Meeting. She is currently serving as clerk of the meeting’s Communications Subcommittee, and is a member of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Advancement and Outreach Committee.


Posted in: June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem, Online Features
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By Law of Grace: A Journey with the People of the Streets, a Personal Experience

By Heidi Blocher. Apprenticeship to Jesus, 2016. 120 pages. $7 suggested donation/paperback. Heidi Blocher, a New England Friend who has traveled widely in America and Europe (and the 2010 Richard Cary lecturer at German Yearly Meeting), takes us on a journey few of us would undertake on our own. As I read this book, I […]

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


Posted in: June/July 2017 Books, June/July 2017: Reimagining the Quaker Ecosystem
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The Companionship of Philanthropy and Spirituality

Philanthropy can be beneficial to both the giver and the receiver.

Jay Marshall is dean at Earlham School of Religion, a graduate school in Richmond, Indiana. He is a member of New Castle (Ind.) Meeting, which is a member of the New Association of Friends.


Posted in: Features, Giving and Philanthropy
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Darkness and Light

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Mary Jean Port is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her chapbook of poems, The Truth About Water, was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the Loft Literary Center. She is a 20-year member of Minneapolis (Minn.) Meeting.


Posted in: Giving and Philanthropy, Lives of Friends
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