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the Friend

CONTENTS

3-5 News

3-4 Meeting for Sufferings

5 Sharing an African experience

6 Quaker worship and Christian festivals Keith Minton

7 Comment Judy Kirby & Carolyn Fletcher

8-9 Cover story: Letters

10-11 A dignified way to go? Nancy Mottram

12-13 Arts and reviews

12 Quakers and bipolar disorder treatment John Miles When private art becomes public Judy Kirby

13 A quintessential Englishman Simon Risley

14 Heading in the right direction Peter Smith

15 George Fox in the twenty-first century Molly Braithwaite

16 q-eye

17 Friends & Meetings Contents images: Outreach and reaching out (page 3), photo: altemark/flickr; Quakers and politics, plus voting (pages 8-9); The Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Pastoral Counseling – Community and Silence (page 12).

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8 February 2008

Cover: Though the parties may differ, Friends’ passion for justice and a better world has propelled many into political action. Photo: Jez Smith See page 8

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