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Author(s): Rick Seifert

Dear Editor: I'm responding Talley Kenyon’s letter in the November/December 2013 issue of Western Friend. I'm sorry that Palo Alto Meeting has had trouble filling the positions of clerk and recording clerk. Believe me, Friends, they are not alone!

Here at Multnomah Meeting, we have had to grapple with the same problem but have found our way forward. Here are some of the things we have discovered:

The position of clerk needs to be demystified. Normal human beings can do it! It... Read more.

Author(s): Bill and Marty Smith

Dear Friends:  As Resident Friends at the Honolulu Friends Meeting House since July 2012, we have hosted Friends and friends of Friends from other countries, from the Mainland, and from other Hawaiian Islands.  When we gather around the breakfast table, the interactions are often very interesting and educational.

Early in our tenure at the as Residents, a wedding party of five sat around our breakfast table.  A young woman explained what motivated her to start the Quaker Voluntary... Read more.

Author(s): Roger Weaver

Dear Friends: What are the stages of silent worship which lead to the unity of a Collected or Gathered Meeting? The first stage is Settling into Worship, though not so comfortably that one has a hard time keeping awake. Focus on what is going on within, rather than distractions. This is known as Centering and includes awareness of similarly minded worshippers.

The experience of worshipful unity can include awareness of an entire Meeting being Collected or Gathered. It has also been... Read more.

Author(s): FWCC Sacramento 2014 Planning Committee

To Friends everywhere: What will be the future of Friends in the 21st Century?  What must we do and be to truly undo the blockages that keep the Living Water from flowing in us and through us individually and corporately?  Do we know what purposes God would have us serve?  How do we communicate across cultural and language lines?  Who will lead and how will we lead?

Western Friends have a special opportunity to address these questions at one or more of the four consultations to be... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein

Here is a page to color when you have some time.

Author(s): Mary Klein

Here are some puzzles to do alone and a game to do with your friends.

Author(s): Mary Klein

Josephine Duveneck loved adventure. She loved justice, too. In 1936, just a few years before the start of World War Two, Josephine took a trip to Germany with her family. They rented bikes and rode through the German countryside. The travelers were Josephine, her husband Frank, and three of their four children.

In every German village they visited, the family saw a paper sign that shocked and saddened them. The sign read, “Hier sind juden nicht Gewunscht.” The words... Read more.

Author(s): Ruth Yarrow

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Cheoweth and Maria J. Stephan

reviewed by Ruth Yarrow

With the Arab Spring and Occupy movements having just churned out new history, this book – published by Columbia University Press, New York, 2011 – is important and timely. Instead of making the usual assumptions about violent versus nonviolent resistance, the authors carefully examine 323 violent and nonviolent resistance campaigns between... Read more.

Author(s): Roena Oesting

Shared Security: Reimagining U.S. Foreign Policy A working Paper of the American Friends Service Committee and Friends Committee on National Legislation.  April 2013. 

Reviewed by Roena Oesting

This document is a short, easy-to-follow discussion of what U.S. foreign policy might look like if Quakers were in charge! It is divided into five sections, and it is so well written that as a review, I will quote bits from each section.

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Author(s): Nancy Wood

Collaborators by Deborah Wheeler

reviewed by Nancy Wood

Imagine: Two warring nations in an uneasy truce that’s lasted for over a century. One of the nations is ruled by a king, a position passed from parent to child, unquestioned by citizens. This king is a member of the tribe that united the kingdom to stand against its enemy. The other nation is fierce and warlike, intent on increasing its power, intent on keeping its neighbor off-guard with border... Read more.

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