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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – September/October 2013

CARTER Sandra Jane Carter, 73, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was born July 24, 1939, in Wabash, Indiana, to Charles R. and Mary A. (Brown) Keppel. She was a 1957 graduate of Wabash High School. She received her B.S. degree from Manchester College and her…

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Letter to the Editor: From the Planning Committee of the Quaker Women’s Conference

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts . . . [S]o shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty,…

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The Roses and the Weeds

By Susann Estle-Cronau “The neighbor wants to know if we’re going to get rid of the weeds.” My heart sank. My son was mowing the lawn and came in with the news. My neighbor to the west had a large row of beautiful rose bushes she tended meticulously. My lawn was tended by teen-agers who didn’t even know what “meticulous”…

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Personality and Place

By Doug Gwyn Soil for the creative spirit at Pendle Hill is enriched not only by the inspired messages given in the meeting for worship — the creative writing workshop — and nourishing organic gardening — and study and action toward nonviolent social change — and Black City ghetto theatre in Central Philadelphia — and study of the gospels with…

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I Am About to Do a New Thing

By Margaret Fraser After decades of relative peace, Indiana Yearly Meeting is separating; with meetings holding almost a third of the membership leaving, some to remain independent monthly meetings, others forming a new association with a still developing format. As in any life-changing event, each participant in this separation has a unique story. My sense is that while the precipitate…

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Fireflies

By Elizabeth Wine On a beautiful June evening I ventured outside at my parent’s farm. I found myself face to face with a joy from my childhood — fireflies! I gathered a mason jar, a covering, made some air holes and found grass to make it more habitable. It was harder catching the fireflies than I recalled. My reflexes must…

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An Epistle from USFWI

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. — 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Greetings to Friends worldwide from the 44th Triennial Sessions of the United Society of Friends Women International, held July 4-7, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America. Western Yearly Meeting United Society of Friends…

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June 2013 General Board Meeting in Jamaica

Friends United Meeting General Board/North America-Caribbean met June 6 through June 9, 2013 at Worthington Friends, Kingston, Jamaica. Nearly all FUM yearly meetings were represented. There was special excitement to have FUM representatives from Cuba, East Africa, Canada and Jamaica at this gathering. During business sessions, the General Board approved transferring the titles of ten properties to the Board of…

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Spreading the Word – September/October 2013

By Micah Bales – Communications & Web Specialist What image comes to mind when you think about church? Do you imagine a building with a bell tower? Perhaps a worship service with singing and silence, preaching and prayer? Perhaps you envision all the good that the church is called to do in the world such as healing the sick, feeding…

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Meanderings and Musings – September/October 2013

By Annie Glenn – Communications Editor Christian faith informs us that our children belong to God and are entrusted into our hands for but a season. Parenting, at its best, is a calling from God to love, protect, challenge and gradually release these precious children into adulthood. Parenting requires every resource we have, and then some. From walking the halls…

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