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Author(s): Liz Baker
The Call to Radical Faithfulness:
Covenant in Quaker Experience
Written by Douglas Gwyn
Reviewed by Liz Baker

In less than one hundred pages of concise, nuanced writing, Doug Gwyn brings us the best way to see ourselves as Quakers. He uses quotations from all ages of Friends to illustrate his points; and with skillful use of italics, he highlights the core of each message.... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein

Dear Friends: To be poor in spirit is not the same as to be poor materially or socially. Even so, material wealth and social authority tend to obstruct our view of the long arc of history that bends towards a world of justice and kindness. Although anyone is capable of recognizing justice and kindness as fundamental purposes of humanity – even persons with wealth and authority –  all too often, wealth and authority masquerade as justice and kindness themselves, a tricky sort of bait-and-... Read more.

Author(s): Shelley Tanenbaum

Dear Friends: I believe that the Society of Friends is going through a transition in our relationship with Earthcare. In the mid-1980’s, many Friends felt a strong leading to live their lives in harmony with nature and to work for policies and programs that supported these lifestyles. In addition to thousands of lightbulbs switched to compact fluorescents and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and generating tons of recycling and home-grown veggies, we also created Quaker institutions that pushed... Read more.

Author(s): David Albert

Dear Friends:  Do I have a deal for you!

I know how to take $1,800 and, in seven months, turn it into more than $115,000, and build twelve safe and secure apartments for domestic violence survivors and their children. Want to know my secret?

Okay, I don’t want to be too cheesy. But that’s what has happened. We trained a group of eleven women from the Rape Hurts Foundation in Jinja, Uganda, for five days last July – in fabrication, distribution, installation, and maintenance... Read more.

Author(s): Don Sands
It’s All A Mystery
I look around
It’s all confusion
different stories from all directions
what can anyone believe
turning in circles
dizzy and lost in a fog
I can never see through it
to the truth that is just on the other side
can anyone tell me what is what
can anyone just tell me
what the real truth is
one story leads one direction
another story the other way... Read more.
Author(s): Flora Quinby

The earliest moment I remember struggling with the overlap of outer space and religion was when I was watching a Space Shuttle launch. I noticed that the shuttle didn’t go through a part of the atmosphere that was called “Heaven.” In that moment, I had a very difficult internal argument – I couldn’t decide which to believe in, space travel or God. Years later, I’m now a college student studying Aerospace Engineering, and I’m still struggling with that decision.

Through my... Read more.

Author(s): Kat Northrup

The first time I was confronted with my identity as a “Brown Woman” was my first trip to North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM). I had never experienced such a direct external approach to my skin color before. My family celebrated my adoption day as a family holiday. We went back to India to see my heritage history, and I was raised with some Indian cultural education, but my racial background wasn’t ever the first characteristic that came to mind when examining my personal identity. The... Read more.

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