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the Friend INDEPENDENT QUAKER JOURNALISM SINCE 1843
CONTENTS VOL 170 NO 7
3 Thought for the Week:
Moral leadership Ian Kirk-Smith 4-5 News 6-7 Broken or working fine? Gill Westcott 8-9 Letters 10-11 Grace in Hitler’s Germany Jonathan Doering 12-13 Quakers and creation:
Unity with the creation Stuart Masters 14 Stillness Aidan Childs 15 Poem: Settling Pete Stuart 16 q-eye: a look at the Quaker world 17 Friends & Meetings
Cover image: A crow perched in winter branches. Photo: Avia Venefica / flickr CC. See page 4.
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We seem to be at a turning point in human history. We can choose life or watch the planet become uninhabitable for our species. Somehow, I believe that we will pass through this dark night of our planetary soul to a new period of harmony with the God that is to be found within each of us, and that S/he will inspire renewed confidence in people everywhere, empowering us all to co-operate to use our skills, our wisdom, our creativity, our love, our faith – even our doubts and fears – to make peace with the planet. Strengthened by this fragile faith, empowered by the Spirit within, I dare to hope.
Pat Saunders, 1987 Quaker faith & practice 29.03
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the Friend, 17 February 2012