Author Archive | Sarah Kastriner

Speaking from the Heart: The Real Work of Undoing Racism from the Inside

After nearly two years of discussion and planning, the Western Quarterly Meeting-sponsored workshop addressing racism was finally held on Saturday, September 16. This workshop was designed with our membership in mind – a predominately white, middle-class, social-justice minded demographic. Nearly 30 people expressed interest in the workshop, and in the end we were close to capacity […]

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Constitution Series — West Grove Friends

From Alyce Denver, Clerk of West Grove Monthly Meeting: I think we all can agree that since the November election issues of governance and interpretations of the Constitution have been a source of much conversation. To help answer some of our questions, West Grove Meeting is going to host a series of evenings during which we […]

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Job Opportunity with Friends Peace Teams – African Great Lakes Initiative

Help spread the word please and share with contacts  Announcement via FPT’s website: http://friendspeaceteams.org/2017/04/17/aglihire/  Help us spread the word via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/friendspeaceteams/jobs/688905827962703/?source=post   —  African Great Lakes Initiative of Friends Peace Teams Seeks Part-time Publicist-Fundraiser Salary/Compensation This is a contracted position requiring a person who is a self-starter, a good organizer, and who can be […]

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William Penn Quaker Workcamps

We get lots of flyers, newsletters, and updates from around the world of “Quakerdom” in the Western Quarter office, and I am often astounded at the depth and breadth in the variety of ways Friends put their faith into action. Recently I was reading through the most recent newsletter from William Penn Quaker Workcamps and […]

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Facts about families, poverty and homelessness – a QUIZ

The following exercise is derived from national statistics and placed in the context of an individual family. Imagine yourself as a mom with two children. You worked as a customer service representative, but your iob was scaled back to fewer hours available due to the company’s economic hardships. Finally it became more financially prudent for […]

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How to Respond to Charleston?

Our hearts are broken, again, over nine more senseless deaths, and the hate-fueled violence that created this tragedy. It is impossible to speak for “all Friends” on most topics, but in this I am confident we agree: hate-fueled violence is never the solution. Ever.  So how do we respond to these situations? As best as […]

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Engaging our Members and Attenders

At Quarterly Meeting this past First Day, I noticed a clever and colorful bulletin board in the West Grove Friends Meeting fellowship room. It was  designed to be both eye-catching and engaging. A little sleuthing led me to Molly Wood, implementer of the idea, and she explained the purpose behind the board:   West Grove […]

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