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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...

By Lucy Duncan
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...

By Lucy Duncan
Published: September 8, 2011

There’s an old Quaker joke: a first time visitor comes to meeting for worship and arrives just after the close of meeting.  The visitor asks, “So, when does the service begin?”

The meeting member replies, “Now.”

When I first became a Quaker I remember the clerk of the meeting talking about trying to live with integrity in all aspects of her life, trying to be the same person wherever she was.  She may have experienced herself as inconsistent, but to me she had a rock solid steadiness that expressed itself in all she did: whether clerking the meeting, or...