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Quaker Life – January/February 2013

Equality “Treating people as if they are a gift of God is part of how I express the love of Christ to others. It is part of who I am because of who has shaped my inner most being. I am a different person because I responded to the love given to me by God a long time ago. My…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – January/February 2013

CURLESS Robert M. Curless, 96, Wabash, IN, died September 23, 2012 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born February 25, 1916 in Wabash County, IN, to William and Flor­ence Delight (Smith) Curless. Robert attended White’s Institute School first through sixth grade and graduated from Linlawn High School. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Manchester College…

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Reconfiguration Update from Indiana Yearly Meeting

The IYM Representative Council, at its meeting on 11/10/2012, reached unity to give final approval to the reconfiguration proposal brought forward by the Task Force and previously distributed to monthly meetings. The revised proposal reflected suggestions and concerns shared at the 9/29/2012 called Representative Council. The Representatives united on two additional changes: deadline for participating in the distribution of assets…

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Ask Tom: Where Did The Phrase “That Of God In Everyone” Originate?

Where did the phrase “that of God in everyone” originate? What did early Friends mean by “answering that of God in everyone”? “This is the word of the Lord God to you all, a charge to you all in the presence of the living God; be patterns, be examples, in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your…

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Meanderings And Musings – January/February 2013

By Annie Glen As a Quaker—as a Christian who happens to be Quaker—I am informed by a great Teacher. As I study the book holding his teachings and summary of his life, I find the example of how I must act and be. I have found in my spiritual lessons that no one is immune from God’s love. Everyone has…

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Visiting Prison

By Robert Moulthrop I was telling a friend about visiting a prisoner, describing the process to him. In the midst of my explanation, he interrupted, “No. I mean, why do you do this? What do you get out of it?” To be honest, I’m not sure. This all started some years ago with a Good Friday prayer card. The words…

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Climb the Hill

By Eloise Hockett and John Muhanji Climb the hill. Chelebei Secondary School rests on top of one of the ridges of Mt. Elgon in the northern region of Kenya’s Western Province and is a part of Chwele Yearly Meeting. The yearly meeting is in the valley below, nowhere close to the school. One day in March 2011 our adventure was…

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Timeless Equality

By Leigh Eason In today’s world, most members of the Religious Society of Friends support the testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity and integrity. They believe these testi­monies are important principles by which to live. Have you ever thought how these testimonies represented not only a benchmark by which one can live, but how they also brought forth a radical change…

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Moving Forward Or Circling The Wagons?

By David Johns We never resolve the question, “Who are we as the Religious Society of Friends?” Perhaps this is inevitable; perhaps it is even good and right. Keeping this query open means we never stop asking ourselves what it is God is calling us to be and do. If we stop pondering the query and claim to have settled…

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Are We The 99%?

By Cherice Bock Here in the United States I’m a solid member of the 99%. My family and I eat when we’re hungry, pay our mortgage, own plenty of clothes and our children have access to a good education. However, we don’t feel par­ ticularly wealthy. As I’m sure many Friends did last year, I resonated with much of the…

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