By Noah Baker Merrill
Published: October 18, 2011

by Noah Baker Merrill

To prophesy is not to predict, but to seize upon reality in its moment of highest expectation and tension toward the new.
- Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable

Dear Friends,

"... We are All Moses."

On what was perhaps the worst night of violence against peaceful demonstrators during the occupation of Cairo's Tahrir Square, I searched reports and images shared on Facebook and Twitter, blogs and news sites, poring over messages from friends in the Middle East. I tried like so many others to piece together a...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: October 14, 2011

"Let the tension between reality and possibility break [our] collective heart open to justice, truth, and love."    - Parker Palmer

Last summer, I took a Quakers and Social Class workshop from George Lakey at the Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering.  We talked about our own experiences of social class.  He also had the participants face and reflect on the inequities of social class in US society, and envision alternatives and how they might come about. George shared his knowledge of Norway and their decision to throw the robber barons out and...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: September 28, 2011

Regularly I will be posting a query to invite dialogue on a topic of interest to Friends. Please respond as you are led. You can sign up to see replies to the thread of comments on each topic.  Thanks so much for your participation.  In Peace, Lucy

How can Friends churches, Friends meetings (monthly, quarterly, and yearly), and our Quaker organizations nurture and support spirit-led witness?

By Lucy Duncan
Published: September 13, 2011

I used to teach second grade at an inner city elementary school in Vallejo, California. I was teaching there when the riots occurred in Los Angeles in response to the initial verdict acquitting four police officers who had beaten Rodney King.  That morning, I interrupted the usual routine to invite the students to discuss what was happening.  Many of my students, who were mostly of African, Filipino, Mexican, and East Indian descent, told story after story of their own experiences of racism. One girl told about regularly going into a store and being watched and spoken to rudely...

Published: September 9, 2011

I was at the FGC offices in Philadelphia when the Twin Towers were hit.  We watched together as the first tower burned, believing that it was some kind of freak accident. When the second plane struck, I was incredulous for a while that this could have been intentional. I had a physical response – of astonishment, of sorrow, of grief.  We as staff gathered together in worship, then dispersed, clutching for our families, for sanctuary, for news.

The first day that they opened the airports, I flew to England.  Graham and I had married in the spring, and we had a...