The Australian Friend

Journal of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia

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The Australian Friend is the official journal of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia Inc. It has been continuously published since 1887. There are four issues per year, in March, June, September and December.

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Editorial

Editorial

Reg Naulty, quoting from Thomas Kelly’s A Testimony of Devotion, asks how we can become “a blessed community”.  This theme of a blessed, and inclusive community is raised in a number of this month’s...

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Happy 400th George!

Happy 400th George!

Tony D'Sousa, Finchley Meeting, UKHappy 400th Anniversary George Fox! George Fox was a truly great man. I know this because his spiritual discoveries have transformed my life, but it is only now,...

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Know thy Friend: Esther Hill

Know thy Friend: Esther Hill

Peter Jones, Tasmania Regional MeetingEsther with her daughter Eliza and dog Eric.Esther Hill is the new principal at Friends School since January, having moved from Perth. Esther was born in Kirkby...

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QSA Notes: Food Security

QSA Notes: Food Security

Ai Leen Quah, QSA Project OfficerRecently, QSA was invited to talk about food security at an evening event for Women in Aid and Development in Sydney. The following is a summary of my presentation....

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Being Nudged

Being Nudged

Kaye Wright, Victoria Regional MeetingIt was an ordinary work day.  I had to hurry to get ready to leave home but there was a whisper to send a card to a friend.  I put it to one side, as I had...

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Quakers and Sin

Quakers and Sin

Rae Litting, New South Wales Regional MeetingQuakers don’t like the word “sin”.  Perhaps this is because it has become closely connected to the word “sex”, and applied to a number of sexual...

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On Atheism

On Atheism

Peter H Bennett, Victoria Regional Meeting.I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. Jesus of Nazareth. John 16:12 (RSV)  Richard Dawkins published his widely acclaimed...

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A goal for our Meetings

A goal for our Meetings

Reg Naulty, Canberra and Region QuakersWe all have a hope for what our meetings will achieve: spiritual enrichment for those who attend, and some wider social good in the surrounding community. The...

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Editorial

Editorial

  As the war in Ukraine enters its third year and images of bombed out starving Palestinians fill our tv screens, I am reminded of a recent online philosophy class (U3A) where three Quakers...

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