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Author(s): Anonymous

I’m getting very tired of this. Sometimes I am afraid of the person I am stuck with in this house during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

I am afraid because he yells at me a lot. Sometimes I yell back, of course, but his yelling is louder than mine and more full of hostility. If he ever hit me, it would hurt.

Last night I woke up in the darkness with his dream voice bombarding my mind, playing over and over: “I have explained it to you twice, and you aren’t ... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein

My guess is that, on average, across every dozen large Quaker gatherings, at least one person will share the insight that “We are human beings, not human doings.” (I’ve heard this said in non-Quaker circles as well.)

Our Quaker tradition calls us to be simple, not simplistic. Among Friends, “simple” has traditionally meant “true.” Something “simple” would be as God has made it, not as humans would wish it to be. On the one hand, “simple” language avoids the... Read more.

Author(s): Hayley Hathaway

Thirty years ago this spring, we faced a global pandemic. Over the course of just a few weeks, all of our schools shut down, restaurants and bars closed, movie theaters went dark, and tens of thousands of businesses were shuttered because of a contagious virus. We watched real-life horror stories: people dying in hospital hallways, morgues beyond capacity, and a health care system completely unequipped to meet the needs of working doctors and nurses. The formal economy tanked.

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Author(s): David Tucker
The Kendal Sparrow
written by Barbara Schell Luetke
reviewed by David Tucker

Bold voices emerge from a nation wracked by years of war, political division and generational change: The origin of Early Friends was always a colorful tale. Barbara Schell Luetke uses Early Friends as a canvas on which to paint a coming-of-age portrait of individual convincement, ministry, and faithful... Read more.

Author(s): Michele Shields

Nothing has made me more appreciative of being alive every day than being a hospital chaplain to the sick and dying.

I am now retired. Yet I see it on television – the anxiety and fear of physicians, nurses, respiratory technicians, and others who contend with shortages of essential medical equipment. The Bioethics Committees of medical centers across the country are contending with the need to ration Coronavirus tests. One of my former colleagues now directs the University of... Read more.

Author(s): Mike King

[In seventeenth century England], nonconformists like Quakers were barred from universities, professions and public office, and so turned to trading and industry instead. . . The work ethic of the Quakers and their simplicity of speech and life quickly led to prosperity and property, and that property soon included ownership of the industrial base of factories and transport and their financial underpinnings through banking. In other words, despite the almost otherworldliness of their... Read more.

Author(s): Nancy Wood, Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Mary Klein
Author(s): Joe Morris

Why do Quakers soft-pedal the importance of financial giving?  It’s true, our unprogrammed meetings don’t need as much as conventional churches since they typically lack paid staff and large buildings.  But beyond those differences, we seem to be quite uneasy in even bringing up the topic.

The one shining exception I have found is a two-page section in North Pacific Yearly Meeting’s 2018 Faith and Practice on “Stewardship of Money and Other Resources.” These... Read more.

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