Mark Russ
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I began attending Quaker meetings at the age of 17. I am currently exploring faith-based intentional communities with my husband, spending a year visiting different communities in the UK and US. We are currently living and working at The Othona Community, Essex. In September I will be taking up the post of Nurturing Friends and Meetings Tutor at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham.
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Vibrant silence

Posted on 5th mo. 15, 2012 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

Every now and again I take part in a Quaker Meeting for Worship that is totally silent: a whole hour where not a word is spoken. To an outsider looking in, all these occasions may look the same, but to the worshipper these experiences can vary wildly. Sometimes I rise at the end of worship with a sense of nourishment, and have at times been graced with a renewed sense of connectedness to my Friends, God and everything. I vividly remember one totally silent Meeting where I felt a palpable,…

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'Community - build it or break it?'

Posted on 4th mo. 29, 2012 at 12:31pm 5 Comments

Yesterday I attended 'Community - build it or break it?', tenth in a series of Dialogues organised by London Quaker's. 53 friends from across London gathered at Friends House to hear Catherine West and Nigel Norie speak about difficulties of finding ways of tackling inequality consistent with Quaker principles. We heard about initiatives such as the Islington Fairness Commission, North London Citizens and the Islington Youth Council. Catherine described Islington’s methods of tackling…

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Quakers and the Peacemeal

Posted on 4th mo. 15, 2012 at 11:36am 0 Comments

In a previous blog post I shared my own journey with God and food, expressing my desire that Quakers would eat more regularly together, even suggesting that Meeting for Worship is incomplete until food has been shared. Now I would like to expand on these thoughts.

Quakers speak a lot about the whole of life being sacred, faith in practice and letting our lives speak. Quakers are known for their activity in the world. However, to someone visiting a Meeting for Worship, they might see…

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Transformation and transition – growing as a resurrection community

Posted on 4th mo. 7, 2012 at 5:23am 5 Comments

Why do I go to Quaker Meeting? I go to be transformed by God. Whether this language chimes with other Quakers or not, I hope no one expects to leave Meeting for Worship the same as when they arrive.

My desire is that everyday I will become a better follower of Jesus. This requires not only my own effort but also God’s grace. I meet with others to learn what committed discipleship looks like and witness how God’s grace is manifest in the lives of my fellow pilgrims. In a Quaker…

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