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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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Our Most Precious Resource

It is my good fortune to belong to a large, urban meeting that has quite a few families with young (and not so young) children attending. When the children leave us after the first 20 minutes of worship each First Day, there is a very perceptible exodus, as dozens of young people, accompanied by First-day […]


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An Approach to Religious Education

Members of the Menomonie Ministerial Association (M.A.M.A) stared at me in slack-jawed silence. We had been in the midst of a discussion about the war in our town, a war of old versus new, this time erupting over the Indian logo at the high school, and there was distress among the clergy that their churches […]

Mary Snyder, a member of Paullina (Iowa) Meeting, has recently compiled a curriculum, Bringing Religious Education Home, which invites Friends and newcomers to daily reading and responding to short pieces from the Bible, George Fox, and other Friends.


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Planned World Gathering of Young Friends

The World Gathering of Young Friends will take place August 16-24, 2005, at Lancaster University, UK and will gather around 300 Young Friends ages 18-35 from over 40 countries and 90 different yearly meetings. Young Friends around the world are preparing for this exciting event, expecting it to bring new life to the Religious Society […]

Rachel Elizabeth Stacy is a member of Gunpowder Meeting in Sparks, Md. Aidan McCartney is a member of Colaraine Preparative Meeting, Lisburn Monthly Meeting, Ireland Yearly Meeting.


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Finding Home at The Meeting School

I spent my sophomore and junior years of high school at The Meeting School, a small Quaker boarding school on a farm in Rindge, New Hampshire. The school is self-described as "transforming the lives of young people in an atmosphere of love, integrity, and service, with a strong program of academic and experiential learning." I […]

Shoshanna Brady is a first-year student at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. The Meeting School in Rindge, N.H., awakened her interest and involvement in Quakerism. She has attended several meetings in Baltimore Yearly Meeting when home in the Washington, D.C., area. She is interested in the possibility of starting her own Quaker school one day.


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Kathleen Lonsdale

Kathleen Yardley Lonsdale (1903-1971) may be just the spiritual companion you need. Though she is a person of breathtaking energy and accomplishment, what strikes the reader is her combination of common sense, commitment to good works, respect for intellect, and tender spirit. Kathleen Lonsdale was born in Ireland to a troubled family: her father was […]

Brian Drayton is a member of Weare (N.H.) Meeting.


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Exploring and Discovering a Friends School Meeting

When I first began teaching at a Friends school seven years ago, what I knew of Quakers derived mostly from a game I had played as a child. "Quaker meeting has begun, no more laughing, no more fun. If you show your teeth or tongue, you will have to pay a forfeit." This game challenged […]

Matt Glendinning teaches Ancient History, coaches soccer, and is head of the History Department at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. A classical archaeologist, Matt has excavated in Spain, Greece, and Turkey. He is also director of The Cambridge Prep Experience, an academic summer program for adolescents at Cambridge University, England.


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Learning Peace in Time of War: A Classroom Retrospective

For four years I’ve been teaching a required interdisciplinary course on violence and nonviolence, called Peace and War, at Johnson State College in northern Vermont. The course, planned as an inquiry, invites students to take a long, dispassionate look at the human penchant for organized violence, to analyze its roots and explore alternatives. By now […]

Judith Yarnall, a member of Middlebury (Vt.) Meeting, is currently attending Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston, Mass. She has recently retired from full-time teaching at Johnson State College in Vermont, but will continue teaching there part-time. She expects to be teaching American Literature in Ankara, Turkey, in spring 2005.


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God Is in the Mouth of the Wolf

I think I must have been born searching for God. People tell me that just as my head crowned during my mother’s labor, there was a clap of thunder and she shouted out God’s name. You’re never supposed to say that name aloud, of course, but my mother couldn’t help herself—with the room shaking around […]

Charles David Kleymeyer joined Madison (Wis.) Meeting in 1970 and has attended Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and Langley Hill (Va.) Meeting. An author, performing storyteller, and international grassroots-development sociologist, he fashioned this story from his novel-length manuscript about a boy who grows up next door to Jesus.


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