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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Between Friends

By Katie Terrell Wonsik, Communications Editor Evelyn and I met at a Quakers Uniting in Publications annual meeting in North Carolina in 2008. The following year she moved to Richmond to attend the Earlham School of Religion. I asked how she was adjusting. In addition to lamenting the North Carolina sun that doesn’t shine in Indiana, she said she missed…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Edward Beals, Conscientious Fighter

By Holly Baldwin “Friends, Our life is love and peace and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand if there has been any slip or fall.” — Isaac Penington When I think about the struggle and blessings…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Becky Ankeny, Pursuing God’s Call

By Jennifer Dalziel In the fall of 2011, Becky Ankeny was busy at work in her office at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. She dressed in bright blues and browns, with every color matching, while still exhibiting a uniqueness of style. With books and papers everywhere, and pictures from home to around the world, her office exhibited a fullness…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Keith Esch, Knows a Blessing When He Sees One

By Somer Eckert Keith Esch doesn’t think he can sing or swim. He’s good at cooking, though he doesn’t consider himself a cook. When I asked him what he does consider his gifts to be, he said without hesitation, “People. I enjoy interacting with people.” Keith is definitely a people person. He and my dad have had many conversations at…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Agatha Ganira, Providing Support for People Living with HIV/AIDS

By Seth Munson We met Agatha Ganira our first day volunteering at the Friends Hospital Kaimosi in Western Province, Kenya. Agatha’s friendly eyes and warm greeting put Emily and me at ease after we had spent two very long days in planes and airports on our way to East Africa from Colorado. As we stood with Agatha in front of…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Friend of a Friend: What Do We Mean By Love?

By Lucy Duncan “Slowly we learn that we are all broken, all less than perfect, and that God loves us, each one, wonderfully even so. Slowly we learn that the real love for one another we crave is not the ideal love of my personal façade for your façade, but the imperfect intent to love that my flawed self can…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Love Feast: More Than a Meal

By Jim McGee “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” — Acts 2:46-47 Many denominations and faith traditions celebrate a “Love Feast.” You may call it a pitch-in, carry-in, potluck, community meal…

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Quaker Life - Mar/Apr 2012

Out of My Mind

By Colin Saxton, General Secretary Any time I get involved in a new community, I cannot help but think of the old Woody Allen line, “Why would I ever want to be part of a group that would have me as a member?!?” As I am being welcomed into the FUM community, it does make me wonder a bit about your good…

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2012 Quaker Life Themes

January/February: Friends Testimony on Simplicity March/April: Friends Testimony on Community May/June: Revitalization  July/August: Friends United Meeting September/October: Prayer November/December: Stewardship