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Welcoming the Strong Black Woman among Us

The energy to appear strong and the socially imposed obligation to rise above it all can be exhausting.

Valerie Brown is a retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life (leadsmartcoaching.com). She is ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh and is a member of Solebury (Pa.) Meeting.


Posted in: Features, Race and Anti-Racism
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God Loves Us All?

The still, small voice within tells us that any work or sacrifice without love is a waste of time.

Phil Lord is the clerk of the board of American Friends Service Committee and a founding member of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. He currently serves as the executive director of a service and advocacy organization that works on behalf of low-income tenants.


Posted in: Features, Race and Anti-Racism
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Honoring Those Known Only to God

A group of Friends hopes to identify North American Quaker burial grounds that hold remains of African American men, women, and children.

Current committee members for Honoring Those Known Only To God are from Alaska, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.聽You can visit the Honoring Project’s YouTube channel at聽http://bit.ly/YouTubeHonoringProjUGRR聽or email them at聽[email protected].

  • Avis Wanda McClinton, Upper Dublin (Pa.)聽Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
  • Joe Coscia and Tricia Coscia, Yardley (Pa.)聽Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
  • Linda Lotz, Haddonfield (N.J.) Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Oppenheimer, Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting聽(Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.), 聽Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative.
  • Sarah Yvonne Blackburn Kehoe, Chena Ridge Friends Meeting (Fairbanks, Alaska), Alaska Friends Conference.
  • Tom Grabe, Germantown Meeting (Philadelphia, Pa.). Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

 

Update: This list has been revised to include the names and monthly and yearly affiliations of members of the committee.


Posted in: Race and Anti-Racism, The FJ Blog
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Falling Through the Cracks: The Children of Calais

Across the Channel from one of the wealthiest countries in the world, approximately 10,000 men, women, and children lived in squalor and hope. Among them at the time the camp was destroyed were approximately 1,500 unaccompanied children.

Kate McNally is a member of Belgium and Luxembourg Yearly Meeting and works as the Forced Migration Project coordinator for the Quaker Council for European Affairs (qcea.org).


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Respect Is the Heartbeat of Standing Rock

Quaker Earthcare Witness visits the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps.

Shelley Tanenbaum is the general secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness, on the board of Quaker Institute for the Future, and a member of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, Calif.


Posted in: February 2017, The FJ Blog
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Who Is My Neighbor?

Can we reject unacceptable actions and still find ways to touch those neighbors in pain? 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 […]

Ellie Beach聽lives in聽Hiram, Ohio.


Posted in: Quakers in the Workplace, Viewpoint
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The Quaker Workplace: Building the Beloved Community

Reexamining the motivations and principles of the golden age of Quaker business. 🔒 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For $28, you’ll get: A聽year of聽Friends Journal delivered to your mailbox (11 issues) and email Full, instant access to the world鈥檚 largest online library […]

Originally from the United Kingdom, Anthony Fuller has a long interest in Quaker business. He currently lives near Princeton, N.J., and is a senior procurement leader, trying to apply Quaker principles to his everyday work. Although not a Friend, Anthony is actively engaged with the Friends community through the Quakers and Business Group.


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Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know

By Joseph Romm. Oxford University Press, 2015. 328 pages. $16.95/paperback; $10.99/eBook. Based on our agreement with climate scientists that global warming is real, human-caused, and dangerous, Friends are beginning to address the problem constructively. In his book Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, Joseph Romm, an MIT-educated physicist, provides a resource for that effort. […]

Philip Favero is a former agricultural economist at Michigan State and South Dakota State Universities and at the University of Maryland. In 2014 he cofounded the Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis, which stems from Annapolis (Md.) Meeting and is dedicated to advocacy and education about climate change (see聽csgannapolis.org).


Posted in: January 2017 Books, Quakers in the Workplace
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The Water Princess

By Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. G.P. Putnam鈥檚 Sons鈥 Books for Young Readers, 2016. 40 pages. $17.99/hardcover; $10.99/eBook. Recommended for ages 5鈥8. Gie Gie is a girl whose parents call her Princess. She has a great imagination and sense of power in her world. She says, 鈥淚 can tame the […]

Sandy and Tom Farley are members of Palo Alto (Calif.) Meeting and coauthors and illustrators of Earthcare for Children, a curriculum they are currently revising for a new edition.


Posted in: Books, December 2016: A Young Friends Bookshelf, Giving and Philanthropy
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Ethel Anna Goerlich Trefsger

Trefsger鈥擡thel Anna Goerlich Trefsger, 91, on July 10, 2016, at her son鈥檚 home in Auburn, Maine. Ethel was born on November 25, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Blanche Petzold and Otto Goerlich. She attended Dobbins Vocational High School, studied ship hull drafting and pipe design in the World War II Training School at the University […]

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