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Author(s): john heid

Dear Editor: Seeking is woven tightly, Lightly, into our original vocation as Friends. One does not seek what one already knows, but rather, the unknown. Someplace new. The Light within us is brightened by that in others and way becomes clearer. I believe the journey is as sacred as the destination and asking directions is akin to seeking cairns. Together. Ram Dass says, “All we’re doing is walking each other home.” I would add . . . “to a place we’ve never been before.”

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Author(s): Claire Gorfinkel

To the editor: Thank you for sharing excerpts from Lee and Asia Bennett’s presentation at Horizon House in the May/June issue. What a meaning-filled, interesting and spiritually rich journey these two “socially inexperienced young people” have shared for more than sixty years, since marrying halfway through their sophomore year in college! I had the pleasure of knowing Asia while we were both involved with the AFSC, and I recall her leadership with much affection and gratitude.

I... Read more.

Author(s): Sister Alegría del Señor, Sister Confianza del Señor

Epistle on Immigration from Amigas del Señor Monastary, May 22, 2018

[The following text was abridged from the original epistle, published at: westernfriend.org/media/epistle-immigration-unabridged]

Dear Friends: Here in Honduras, folks who go to the USA are said to go “with papers” or “without papers.” We are well aware that the news and information readily available to you... Read more.

Author(s): London Yearly Meeting

Science starts from wonder and the unceasing questioning of the free human spirit. The study of it enriches the mind through the fascinating and ever-widening picture of the universe that it provides . . . The power of the human mind when used methodically in the pursuit of truth . . . must not lead us to mistake the means for the end and to forget that in its practice we are engaged in discovering the truths of God’s creation . . .

London Yearly Meeting (1959)

Author(s): Rebecca Henderson

For Friends . . . “A lot of work happens in Quaker committees. A lot of work is done by appointed individuals. (We hesitate to call them Officers, as that sounds quite corporate or military.) A lot of work is carried out by those who know how to do it. . . Committees are appointed for action, not for stalling or burying an issue. Quaker individuals work as best they can; they are not figure-heads and do not have honorific titles. For example, the Meeting has a Clerk. In old English that... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein

It’s hard to be shut out. It’s hard to be the one (or the family) whose name isn’t on the guest list, the one who is pointedly ignored in the meeting, the one on the roster of workers about to lose their jobs in the downsizing.

The value of faith does not lie in the measure of success that it brings us. The value of faith resides in the hope and life that it brings during times of despair. And the steadiness and life that it brings during times of joy.

As Margaret (Fell) Fox... Read more.

Author(s): Kiernan Colby

It’s 7PM the first time I answer the phone. “Hi. My name’s Amy,” I hear on the other end, “I’m calling because we need a union at my clinic.”

For twenty years, Amy has worked as a radiology technician at the San Luis Obispo Diagnostic Center, a local, outpatient, imaging center. Amy was generally happy with her job taking care of patients. Then one day, the doctor who owned the clinic decided to sell it to Dignity Health, a statewide corporation.

Changes started happening... Read more.

Author(s): Rick Ells
God, Words and Us:
Quakers in Conversation About Religious Difference
Edited by Helen Rowlands
Reviewed by Rick Ells

Words come easily, but don’t always help build connections among people. Labels like “Christian,” “atheist,” or “nontheist” can actually block understanding. God, Words and Us explores a Quaker approach to getting past “words as obstacles” and a process... Read more.

Author(s): John Brantingham
Hiking Naked:
A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance
Written by Iris Graville
Reviewed by John Brantingham

Hiking Naked is a memoir that explores ways that Friends in the medical field stretch themselves beyond their emotional limits, and how Iris Graville attempted to bring herself back into balance. Graville is a mother of two, a wife, and a nurse who works for the... Read more.

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