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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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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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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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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Quaker Life – January/February 2015

Leading a Scattered People We live in an age of isolation. Even sitting together in the same room, we live in private worlds. We stare at our personal screens, separated by our own hobbies, interests and ambitions. When we do connect, it’s often through shared consumption. We find shallow unity in products, images and ideologies: the spectacle. We were made…

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Meeting God in the Grocery Store

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor I’d like to think that my public testimony falls right in line with my spoken testimony. I’d like to think that when I encounter anyone, they see Christ. But there are times, truth be told, that my outward testimony has nothing to do with my perceived reality of my spiritual state. It was a…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Passages: Quaker Obituaries – January/February 2015

BABCOCK Fern Elaine Carper Babcock, 94, died on October 21, 2014, at her home near Winchester, Indiana. She was born in Winchester on May 5, 1920, the first child of Harry Walter Carper and Vada Berniece (Love) Carper. She was later joined by her sister, Mary Kathleen and brother, William Frederick. They grew up in a rural home northeast of…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Ask Tom: Who is the oldest known Quaker?

By Tom Hamm Professor of History; Archivist/Curator, Friends Collection Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana I can only answer this in the sense of: “Who is the oldest Quaker Tom has found any record of?” Before I answer the question, I must first offer some remarks on Quaker longevity. Observers, both Friends and among the world’s people, have noted that Quakers have…

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Missions Movement: Women caring for Women in Kenya

By Jeremiah Kehenzi Akoto, as told to Eden Grace I first visited Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northwest Kenya in 2010, as part of a mission trip as a student of Friends Theological College. I was deeply moved by the passion the Kakuma Quaker community had for the word of God. It was then that I vowed to work with these…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Out of My Mind – January/February 2015

By Colin Saxton FUM General Secretary Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. — Hebrews 10:23-24 “I don’t believe in God,” the man said to me matter-of-factly. “I don’t see any evidence of a divine being…

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