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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Out of My Mind – March/April 2015

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary When it comes to educational work, Friends United Meeting’s schools in Ramallah, Belize and Kaimosi are well known and well understood. Ramallah Friends School is recognized worldwide as an exceptional place of study, rooted in Quaker values and serving as a symbol of hope in city and region under occupation with a constant threat…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

The Faithful Life of Ellen Stanley

By Thomas Hamm It has been my good fortune to know a number of remarkable Friends in the course of my life. When Annie Glen asked me to write about one whose life was especially lived in the Light, whose life was a Testimony to the beliefs and practices of Friends; the person who immediately came to mind was Ellen…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

SPICE: The Quaker Testimonies

By Cherice Bock Equality There is no longer male nor female, Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. — Galatians 3:28 Friends did not base their beliefs on Enlightenment philosophy; although they were, of course, products of the time and culture in which they lived. They found the theme of equality of all…

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Banking the Coals

Banking the Coals

Taking Time for Quietness and Rest by Terri Johns Scripture: Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. — Mark 6:31 How often do I push myself to the limits each day to…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

SPICE: a Quaker Youth Curriculum

Editor’s Note: This resource originally appeared on the Northwest Yearly Meeting website and is used with permission. The Peace Month website also includes many more resources that will help create a meeting wide venture into the study of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality. By Cherice & Joel Bock Many youth are searching for a faith that is real, that…

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Lynda Ladwig

Experiencing the Refiner’s Fire

My Grandfather fancied himself to be a bit of a prospector and he would bring home many beautiful rocks and pieces of ore that he would extract from his mine in the desert. He often told us kids about the process of discovering and finding the value and beauty in each and every rock. Sometimes the mineral content or the…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Renaissance House: A Ministry of Restoration

By Micah Bales I remember the first time I met John Fitch. I knocked on the front door. When no one answered, I let myself in. I could hear the banging and clattering of tools and knew someone was home. I entered the house tentatively. It was dark and house smelled funny, an odd mix of seasoned wood and musky…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Kindred Courage

By Cherice Bock I used to worry about my public testimony: What is my particular calling? What area of injustice should I be focusing on? How would I live up to the stories I’ve heard all my life of my Quaker forebears? And then I “met” Elizabeth (Betsy) Fry. At first, hers was an intimidating example: her face graces the…

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Don't Listen to Smokey. Start a Forest Fire!

Don’t Listen to Smokey. Start a Forest Fire!

by Micah Bales Scripture: I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! ~ Luke 12:49 Sometimes the flames burn high, hot and fast. There are days like Pentecost when tongues of fire descend and touch each one of us on the head; days when the Spirit of God blazes; days when the…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Being the Hands and Feet of Jesus

By Scott Wagoner I am inspired by people who see their careers as more than just a way to make a living. They will gladly accept a paycheck that comes with fulfilling their responsibilities, but the job they do is about more than just getting paid. The job they do fulfills a greater calling in their life. In the interest…

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