Friends Journal

Quaker magazine
Friends Journal
Friends Journal cover, December 2013.jpg
Friends Journal from December 2013
CategoriesQuaker magazine
Circulation 226,510
First issueOctober 13, 1827
CompanyFriends Publishing Corporation
CountryUnited States
Based inPhiladelphia

Friends Journal is a monthly Quaker magazine that combines first-person narrative, reportage, poetry, and news. Friends Journal began publishing in 1827 and 1844 with the founding of The Friend (Orthodox, 1827—1955) and The Friends Intelligencer (Hicksite, 1844—1955).[1][2] In 1955 the magazines joined together as Friends Journal, coinciding with the reconciliation of Hicksite and Orthodox branches of Friends in Philadelphia.[3][2] The united magazine was originally published weekly and then bi-weekly; it became a monthly periodical in 1988.[4] The first editor-in-chief of the Friends Journal as such was William Hubben, from 1955—1963.[5]

Friends Journal is an independent publication of Friends Publishing Corporation, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its mission is "to communicate Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives."[6] The magazine is a founding member of Quakers Uniting in Publications.[7] It publishes poetry, news about Quaker affairs, letters, information about Quaker meetings, and book reviews.[8]

The journal’s archives were digitized around 2012.[9] In 2014, Friends Journal launched QuakerSpeak, a YouTube channel featuring interviews with friends on core questions of Quaker faith.[10] In 2016, Friends Journal received the Best in Class award from the Association of Church Press.[11] In 2018 Friends Journal relaunched as a general information website for the Religious Society of Friends.


  1. ^ "Quaker Serials Haverford Collection Library Special Collections". Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
  2. ^ a b Hamm, Thomas D. (2006-09-18). The Quakers in America. Columbia University Press. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-231-12363-1.
  3. ^ Liberal Quaker Journal Publishing to 1955 Friends Journal
  4. ^ "An Inventory of the Friends Journal (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1959-1968 Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
  5. ^ "William Hubben, 78, Dies; Editor of Friends Journal". The New York Times. 1974-09-16. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-22.
  6. ^ Mission and History Friends Journal website
  7. ^ Journals and Periodicals Quakers Uniting in Publication.
  8. ^ Berndt, Judith; Kruger, Kathleen Joyce (September 1987). "Religion and Society: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography of U.S. Periodicals". Serials Review. 13 (3): 43–49. doi:10.1080/00987913.1987.10763761. ISSN 0098-7913.
  9. ^ Lotozo, Eils (October 10, 2012). "New Digital Home for a Venerable Quaker Journal". Haverford College. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  10. ^ Vital Friends (PDF). Friends General Conference. March 2014. pp. 1–2.
  11. ^ "Best of the Church Press" Awards 2016 Association of Church Press website

External links

  • Friends Journal
  • QuakerSpeak

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