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IAR Task Force members at their August 2018 meeting at Red Cedar Meeting in East Lansing, Mich. Justin Connor (top row center); Sharon Lane-Getaz (lower right).

An Interview with the Co‐clerks of Institutional Assessment on Racism Task Force

Looking at Friends General Conference’s work of racial self‐examination.

Sharon Lane-Getaz attends Cannon Valley Meeting in Northfield, Minn., where she teaches at a local college; she and her wife are newly "empty nesting" as their daughter has started college. Justin Connor is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.); he is an attorney living in Washington with his family. Sharon and Justin are the co-clerks of FGC's Institutional Assessment on Racism Task Force. The interview was conducted by Friends Journal senior editor Martin Kelley.


Posted in: Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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The Mystic Soul of a More Whole Religious Society

How to move beyond denial and defensiveness when talking about race.

Since 2014 through Undoing Racism Group, an unofficial group of Friends seeking to co-create Beloved Community, Viv Hawkins has learned much about racism; she has much yet to learn and do. A member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting, she embraces a ministry to foster faithfulness and Lola Georg, her life partner.


Posted in: Online Features, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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We Are but God’s Workers

An outdoor meeting takes up a new ministry that grows during the colder months.

Andrea Smith is a member of Greenleaf Weekly Meeting in Newark, Ohio.

An earlier version of this article appeared as an online-only feature in November 2018.


Posted in: Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019), Service
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Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma

By Shelly Rambo. Baylor University Press, 2017. 196 pages. $29.95/hardcover or eBook; $24.95/paperback. Christianity was born in trauma, but do […]

Tom Paxson is a member of Kendal (Pa.) Meeting, Western Quarter, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.


Posted in: January 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil‐Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep

By Mary DeMocker. New World Library, 2018. 360 pages. $16.95/paperback or eBook. Oh my gosh, what an incredible read this […]

Ruah Swennerfelt is a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting. She and her husband live in a solar-powered, net zero energy home in the woods. They are active in the Transition Town Movement in their community and with Friends in New England. She is author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith.


Posted in: January 2019 Books, Quaker Book Reviews, Racially Diverse Society of Friends (January 2019)
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John Felton Gibbons

Gibbons—John Felton Gibbons, 80, on April 20, 2018, peacefully, in Albuquerque, N.M. John was born on October 6, 1937, in […]

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John Rudolph Kern

Kern—John Rudolph Kern, 78, on March 18, 2018, in Abingdon, Va., where he suffered a heart attack. John was born […]

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Theodore Neff

Neff—Theodore Neff, 97, on February 1, 2017, at University Retirement Community in Davis, Calif. Ted was born on July 11, […]

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Are We Really Christian?

Do we focus on the religiosity or the spirituality of our Quakerism?

Margaret Namubuya Amudavi has a degree in theology from Friends Theological College (FTC) and in Christian education from Kenya Highlands Bible College. She has a master's in development studies from St. Paul's University in Limuru, Kenya. She has served FTC as a teacher and academic dean.


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A Consideration of Metaphors

Our spiritual metaphors can help us experience the truth from different perspectives.

Rhiannon Grant works at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, UK, supporting Quaker Roles courses and the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies. She is a member of Bournville Meeting, part of Central England Area Meeting, and Britain Yearly Meeting. Her book on Quaker theology, _Telling the Truth about God_, will be published in March 2019.


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