At the 2019 annual meeting of QUIP (Quakers Uniting in Publications), Vanessa Julye and Natasha Zhuravenkova were appointed as co-clerks – cementing an important transatlantic collaboration.
QUIP (www.quakerquip.com) began in 1983 and is now an international network of over 50 Quakers and Quaker organisations, of which Friends House Moscow is one.
Vanessa (in the photo at left) is a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and on the staff of Friends General Conference; she is co-author of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice.
Natasha, the European co-clerk (in the photo at right) is a member of Moscow Monthly Meeting and is on the staff of our FHM services provider company in Moscow. She is the translator and editor of numerous Quaker texts into Russian. Her first translation was of Pierre Lacout’s 1993 essay God is Silence, which describes how, in Quaker worship, words are “purified in a redemptive silence to bear the message of peace.”