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Forum November 2017

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Conscientious Objection: Is This for You? Discerning a Claim and Documenting It with Selective Service

By Curt Torell. Quaker House of Fayetteville, N.C., 2016. 209 pages. $15/paperback. This book is a niche book, but Quaker meetings and schools make up a large part of its niche. It is a “teacher’s resource guide” to help young people create documentation for a conscientious objection application for a military draft. One concept that […]

J. E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and as an attorney a longtime supporter of those who say no to war. She spent 11 years as the executive director of the Center on Conscience & War. She’s trained hundreds of Quaker, Mennonite, Brethren, Unitarian, and other youth in writing a conscientious objector file.


Posted in: November 2017 Books, Quaker Libraries
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Dyckman Ware Vermilye

Vermilye—Dyckman Ware Vermilye, 94, on March 25, 2017, at Taos Retirement Village in Taos, N.M., following complications from a fall. Dyck was born on July 8, 1922, to Alice Louise Love and Joseph Ware Vermilye and grew up in Staten Island, N.Y. Upon graduation from the College of William and Mary, in World War II […]

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God Still Speaks to the Quakers

A group of activists from many faith traditions work together to protest drone warfare. 🔒 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 […]

John Amidon is a longtime attender of Albany (N.Y.) Meeting. A video of this action may be seen at: fdsj.nl/HancockAFB-video and fdsj.nl/nativity-protest.


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Why Talk about Conscientious Objection with Youth?

Conscience must be developed and nurtured.

Curt Torell is an educator, counselor, and organizational development consultant, with a MDiv and a PhD in psychoeducational processes. He is a Quaker House board member and the treasurer for almost ten years. His conscientious objection started while attending seminary.


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Gudrun Benedicte Friis Williams

Williams—Gudrun Benedicte Friis Williams, 91, on February 24, 2017, in Denton, Tex. Gudrun was born on October 1, 1925, in Geneva, Switzerland, to Danish parents Bodil and Finn Friis. Her mother was a Lutheran, and her father was a humanist. Instead of church on Sundays, the family went on nature excursions: hiking, skiing, and studying […]


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Morning Thoughts

FJ Poetry: “A songbird awakens /the morning just outside…” 🔒 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 […]

Betty Jamerson Reed lives in Brevard, N.C.


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What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars

By David Wood. Little, Brown and Company, 2016. 291 pages. $28/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. “War is Hell.” —General William Tecumseh Sherman, 1879 War has probably existed as long as humankind has existed. And contrary to what some believe, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and moral injury have existed as well. There are records of Roman soldiers after 30 […]

J.E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and, as an attorney, a longtime supporter of those who say no to war. She spent 11 years as the executive director of the Center on Conscience & War and longer as part of the GI Rights Hotline. She participated as a vetting attorney of military members testifying at the Winter Soldier event organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2008.


Posted in: September 2017, September 2017 Books
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Homegoing: A Novel and The Underground Railroad: A Novel

Homegoing: A Novel. By Yaa Gyasi. Knopf, 2016. 320 pages. $26.95/hardcover; $16/paperback; $11.99/eBook. The Underground Railroad: A Novel. By Colson Whitehead. Doubleday, 2016. 320 pages. $26.95/hardcover; $27/paperback; $13.99/eBook. As a history teacher, I find the real world the greatest story of all. In recent years, however, I have come to appreciate how fiction can help […]

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda (Md.) Meeting and serves on Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Growing Diverse Leadership and Peace and Social Concerns committees.


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Christina May Lahmer Taran

Taran—Christina May Lahmer Taran, 96, on December 3, 2016, in Edmonds, Wash. A twin, Christina was born on January 26, 1920, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. In 1925 her family moved to Victoria, B.C., Canada, where she grew up with three siblings. After nursing school at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, she joined the registered […]

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