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A Quaker Reconsiders the Draft

When the Universal Military Training and Service Act expired in June 1973, I was overjoyed, like most Friends in the United States. My joy did not flow from the fact that I was young enough to worry about being drafted—thankfully I wasn’t—but because I saw it as a way to free Quakers and other young […]

Larry Ingle, a member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, is a historian and author of First Among Friends: George Fox and the Creation of Quakerism and Quakers in Conflict: The Hicksite Reformation.


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Hidden Springs: A Quaker Farm Community in the Mid-20th Century

Technically, my parents did not own a house until after Dad retired, and even then, it was probably mortgaged. For a while they owned shares in the corporation that owned the house we lived in, but mostly they rented living quarters. Dad worked in New York City, so it was important to live where a […]

Richard K. Wood, a founding member of Gettysburg (Pa.) Meeting, has been an educator and was an administrator of computing at Gettysburg College. In the late 1950s, he was clerk of the Junior Yearly Meeting of New York Yearly Meeting.


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Dispelling Some Myths about Hiroshima

As part of my semester abroad in Tokyo, Japan, my study program took our group of U.S. exchange students on a trip to Hiroshima. This two-day sojourn is part of the program’s overall mission to promote peace and improve understanding between cultures. It was certainly an experience I will never forget. The site of the […]

Katie Toran served as an intern for Friends Journal in the summer of 2009. She spent four and a half months in Japan last year, and is now a senior at Grinnell College, majoring in Economics, with plans to pursue further schooling in public policy.


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Torture and the War System

Thanks for John Calvi’s Viewpoint “A Perfect Spiritual Work” (FJ Aug.). I was inspired and stimulated by his discussion of spiritual work, and I admire the courage and persistence of those seeking to end torture. I mostly agree with John that “getting the U.S. out of the business of war will do more to change […]


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Wielding Thor’s Hammer: What It Means to Write as Ministry

According to an old Norse legend of the early days in the time before this time, the god Thor patrolled annually a circle around Middle- Earth. With his massive hammer, he battered back the enemies of order, which threatened to swallow life, light, and goodness into the dark maw of chaos. As Thor aged, his […]

Susan Yanos is director of the Ministry of Writing Program at Earlham School of Religion.


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Quaker Relief during the Spanish Civil War

One gray morning in early February, a small group of Friends was finding its way to an encounter with 70 years of forgotten Quaker history. In the Facultad de Pedagogia (School of Education) at University of Girona in Catalunya, Spain, we had come to hear about and support Rosa Serra i Sala, an attender at […]

Nancy and Gerard Negelspach are members of Barcelona Meeting in Spain.


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The 2005 Friends General Conference Gathering

There were over 1,500 Friends, arriving in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the Virginia Tech campus on July 2, in blazing heat. Construction and detours had changed the landscape that many of us remembered from four years ago. On Saturday evening, after most Friends had arrived and registered, we were treated to a concert by singer/ songwriter […]

Louise Harris is a bilingual attorney, member of Friendship (N.C.) Meeting, attending a worship group in Winston Salem, N.C.


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War on Whom?

We live in troubling times. 🔒


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Peace Is Patriotic

So we’re at war. 🔒


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Spiritual Materialism

A Quality of loss Affecting our Content As Trade had suddenly encroached Upon a Sacrament. —Emily Dickinson Not long ago, I found myself listening to a speaker on public television during one of their pledge drives, a speaker like so many I have come to think of as a “feel good” speaker. He talked about […]

Diane Barounis is a clinical social worker and a member of Evanston (Ill.) Meeting. An unexpanded version of this article was first published in the meeting’s newsletter.


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