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Cherice Bock
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fwcc "living sustainably and sustaining life on earth" minute from 2016 plenary
I am thrilled to see that the plenary meeting of Friends World Committee for Consultation last month put out a minute called " Living Sustainably and Sustaining Life on Earth ." They explain why this is important at this point in time, and give a few sugges...

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new blog for academic work
I created a new blog the other day, where I can share my thoughts on my academic work in ecotheology. This blog, Quaker Oats Live, with its specific focus on Quakers, will continue to be the place where I post things of interest to Quakers, but didn't seem ...

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on power
In recent years, I've noticed an upswing in what sound like power struggles in Friends communities. These kinds of power struggles are not uncommon among Friends, really, and perhaps are one of the hallmarks of the underside of what it means to be Friends, ...

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peace month 2016: sabbath as peacemaking
Believe it or not, this is our seventh annual Peace Month in Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends , so we're focusing on Sabbath as Peacemaking. I serve as the general editor for the Peace Month materials each year, and we produce a booklet for leaders to us...

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mom fail: christmas edition
This may be the first in my blogged "mom fail" series, but it is definitely not the first in actual experiences of feeling like a failure as a mom. Don't worry—a lot of the time I feel like I'm doing fine. But there are just those moments when I look at mys...

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mini book review: the world is flat
I must admit that I only got to chapter 5 out of 17 of The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. This one has been on my bookshelf for about 8 years since my husband read it for a college course, and so when I saw it as an audiobook from my library, I though...

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mini book reviews: a few by orson scott card
I've read several books by Orson Scott Card in the last few months, and I've found him to be kind of hit or miss. He's probably best known for Ender's Game , since it became a movie. A prolific author, It is fascinating to me that he can think of so many di...

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mini book review: augustine for armchair theologians
I listened to the audiobook of Augustine for Armchair Theologians (Stephen A. Cooper, 2002) mainly out of curiosity for what the author would say to "armchair theologians," although as someone who has a master of divinity degree and teaches in a seminary, I...

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mini book review: blue like jazz: nonreligious thoughts on christian spirituality
I finally got around to reading (or at least listening to) Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality  (2003), a book that was fairly popular in my social circles over the last several years since the author, Donald Miller, is from Port...
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