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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

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Between Friends

By Katie Terrell Wonsik, Communications Editor Recently I took my nieces and nephew to the park. Of the five, Kaylee is the least adventurous. She’d be happy to sit in a swing for hours while the rest monkey around on a jungle gym, climbing and twisting and jumping and falling. But on this particular day she had her sights set…

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The Tyranny of the Metal Gods

By Joe Scola The cell phone, iPad, Twitter, Facebook and all the rest of the sometimes motley crew of social media are devouring the free time of 21st-century Christians. Hearken back to the seemingly Paleolithic era before the advent of modern social networking innovations and new techno gadgets that cast an ever-increasing spider web of social high-tech connectivity. It seems…

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Simplicity: A Multiplicity of Meanings and Practices

By Emma Condori-Mamani, Quaker Life intern Quaker testimonies are summed up in the acronym SPICES: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship. Friends give living meaning to each letter of this acronym. I recently spoke with five Friends to learn more about how we live the testimony of simplicity. Abigail Pratt-Harrington, Leigh Eason, Stephen Angell, Jestimore Musombi and Lois Jordan (left, from…

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A Question of Teaching

By Jim Wasserman The changes were many when I left the practice of law to become a teacher, but central to both careers is the art of posing the proper question. Many other professions, including doctors, insurance adjusters and repairmen, involve asking about a multitude of matters, yet with these other fields the main purpose of inquiry is for the…

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The Secret Place

By J.W. Christopher In the stillness, the solitude, I know you are waiting for me, In the place where I most love to be. My sanctuary, a secret place, a meeting place, a most special place, The place where I know I am most free. I find you there always, my true friend, and counselor, And faithful to me you…

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A Quaker’s Long Way Home

By George Eastburn “In 1802 the Miantonomoh was captured and condemned by the Spaniards at Valparaiso. Nantucket lost one of her ships about the same time, which was engaged in whaling and sealing, as the former had been. She was named the Trial, and was commanded by Thomas Coffin, the father of the late lamented Lucretia Mott. Nothing was ever…

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