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Zacchaeus, angelic troublemakers and hearts broken open

By: C. Wess Daniels
Published: March 12, 2014
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About the Author

Wess Daniels is from Canton Ohio and is currently serving as a ‘released Quaker minister’ (i.e. pastor) at Camas Friends Church in Camas WA. He has a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary in the School of Intercultural Studies. His dissertation is on participatory culture and renewing faith traditions. He is an adjunct professor at George Fox Seminary and is on the board of Quaker Voluntary Service. He met Emily Miller in college and they were married in 2001. Wess and Emily are parents of three wonderful little ones. Wess has two main concerns that drive his intellectual curiosity: The first concern is around the elimination of poverty. Second, he holds a concern for Quaker renewal and has been involved in promoting cross-dialogue and sharing of new ideas with “convergent Friends” around the country and in Great Britain. 

Can we sing together?

By: Douglas Bennett
Published: March 5, 2014
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About the Author

Douglas Bennett is a member of AFSC's Corporation, as well as the Standing Nominating.  He also serves as the clerk for the AFSC Friends Relations Committees. Doug is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. His scholarly publications includeTransnational Corporations Versus the State: the Political Economy of the Mexican Automobile Industry, co-authored with Kenneth Sharpe (Princeton University Press, 1985), and many articles on transnational corporations in developing countries, immigration, and other topics in public policy and in higher education. In the past Doug has served on various of AFSC's advisory committees.  He is married to Ellen Trout Bennett, and has two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).   He is a member of First Friends Meeting in Richmond, Indiana, part of the New Association of Friends. You can learn more about Doug at his blog.

The Inward Teacher: Excerpts from Black Fire

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: February 27, 2014
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About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

AFSC: A conduit for Continuing Revelation

By: Philip Lord
Published: February 26, 2014
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About the Author

Philip Lord is the incoming clerk of the Board of AFSC. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania who has concentrated his practice by representing community development corporations with local ownership in complex real estate transactions for many years. A long time member of the Society of Friends, Phil is currently a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia.  He has had more than twenty years of experience with the AFSC, during which he has come to know many different aspects of the organization and has served in varying capacities, including assistant clerk of the Board of Directors, at two different points in his Board service.  In addition to his extensive Board and committee service with AFSC, Phil has served the Germantown Friends School Committee, and the Friends’ Rehabilitation Group, as well as many non-Quaker Boards, including Community Legal Services, Greater Germantown Housing Development Corporation, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and other civic organizations in the Philadelphia area.

Built by love? Excerpts on Quakers and race

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: February 21, 2014
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About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

Variance: A reflection on Quakers, Christianity and racial justice

By: Paul Ricketts
Published: February 19, 2014
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About the Author

Paul Ricketts is an avid reader and educator. He has worked for thirty five years in education and with adults with disabilities. Friend Paul is a member of Fort Wayne Friends Meeting of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting and currently serves on AFSC's Community, Equality, and Justice Board Committee and AFSC's Midwest Executive committee. He also serves on Friends General Conference's Committee for Nurturing Ministries.

The Bus Comes

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: February 14, 2014
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About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

What does healthy masculinity look like?

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: February 6, 2014
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A reflection from the “Masculinity, Healing, and Peacebuilding" conference on how harmful patriarchal definitions of manhood can be transformed so that they are more diverse, authentic, and whole. 

About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

Quakers respond to the State of the Union Address

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: January 30, 2014
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About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Growing up during the War on Terror

By: Madeline Schaefer
Published: January 28, 2014
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If the War on Terror is our "Vietnam," what are young people to do? Many of us are convinced that marches and rallies are not the answer, although, perhaps, part of it.  The answer instead lies in the lives we create for ourselves and others, the professions we choose, connections we make, and the voices we raise. 

About the Author

Madeline is the Friends Relations Associate. She grew up in the beautiful Radnor Meeting community outside of Philadelphia, and attended Friends Schools in the area until the end of High School.  After several years of studying and traveling, she returned to Philadelphia only to immerse herself once again in the stories, the culture and the spirituality of Philadelphia Quakers.  While living in collective house in West Philadelphia, she grew curious about the history of young Quaker activists in the neighborhood, and started an oral history project to find out more.  Madeline is interested in exploring the ways in which life in community can stretch our capacity for compassion and growth.  Her dream is to create more alternative communities of people learning how to live together, creating models for a society fueled by cooperation and love.

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