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Restoring the Golden Rule

Remember the Golden Rule? In 1958 when retired U.S. Navy Captain Albert Bigelow tried to sail this 30-foot boat to the Marshall Islands, where the United States was conducting atmospheric tests of nuclear bombs, the arrests of his four-man Quaker crew launched a surge of anti-nuclear activism across the United States, contributing to the 1963 [鈥

Jane Braxton Little, a member of Gwynedd (Pa.) Meeting, writes about people, politics, and natural resource issues.


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On Not Becoming Complacent

Like many鈥攊f not most鈥攅merging religious movements, Quakerism arose in 17th-century England in a posture of challenging the established authority. This fact came up in a conversation I had about religion with my advisor and friend, Robert E. Neil, a history professor at Oberlin College a half century ago. When it emerged that I was a [鈥


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The Immorality of Patriotism

Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity only as we love all other lands. The interests, rights, liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race. Hence, we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge [鈥

Tony White, an attender at Pennsdale (Pa.) Meeting, teaches Philosophy at Pennsylvania College of Technology and Misericordia University.


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Education and Service Projects in Vietnam

The wounds of war do not go away when the fighting stops. Both the physical and emotional wounds persist for the lifetime of those caught up in a war and sometimes far beyond that. Here are some reflections on this subject, based on my involvement in two different programs of Friends and education in Vietnam. [鈥

Marjorie E. Nelson, a member of Athens (Ohio) Meeting, retired at the end of June 2009 after 32 years of teaching medical students at Ohio University. For the past three years she has traveled to Quang Ngai province in Vietnam where she volunteers with Madison Quakers, Inc.


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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鈥攖hankfully I wasn鈥檛鈥攂ut because I saw it as a way to free Quakers and other young [鈥

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 [鈥

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鈥檚 overall mission to promote peace and improve understanding between cultures. It was certainly an experience I will never forget. The site of the [鈥

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鈥檚 Viewpoint 鈥淎 Perfect Spiritual Work鈥 (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 鈥済etting the U.S. out of the business of war will do more to change [鈥


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Wielding Thor鈥檚 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 [鈥

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 [鈥

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


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