Othmar Ferdinand Arnold
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I am an advanced practice nurse and peace worker living in a remote mountain village in Switzerland. I have lived and worked with indigenous populations in Canada’s North for 20 years. I have experience in humanitarian service from Uganda, Rwanda, Pakistan and Chad. I am a member of the Vancouver Island MM and currently worship with the Zürich group of the Switzerland Yearly Meeting.

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Psalm 119 - a plain Quaker version

Posted on 2nd mo. 13, 2017 at 10:01am 0 Comments

"God –  
let me be silent more clearly,
since I am not hearing well."

inspired by Psalm 119 “Happy are those whose way is perfect ”

(Own translation from a vocal ministry during Meeting for Worship at SYM retreat at Montmirail, Switzerland, February 12, 2017)


Reflections on Sweden Yearly Meeting

Posted on 6th mo. 5, 2014 at 1:37pm 4 Comments

I had the honour to represent Swiss Friends at the Sweden Yearly Meeting in Svartbäckgarden. Here are some of my personal reflections on that gathering:

Complacent lives and radical thoughts

Lenten Meditation

Posted on 4th mo. 5, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

This is the fifth meditation on the various panels of the Passion of Christ fresco in the church of Tenna, Switzerland. The fresco was painted by an unknown artist around 1408. It was intended as an illustrated bible for the predominantly illiterate settlers and mountain farmers in this remote valley of Switzerland.…


10 Complex Ways to Lead a Simple(r) Life

Posted on 2nd mo. 27, 2014 at 8:53am 1 Comment

Dear Friends, 

as a follow up to my thoughts on business in superfluities and bad examples, I offer a (top ten) list of attitudes and behaviours to follow John Woolman in today's context. These examples are meant to show how I apply the rather abstract thoughts to every day life. They are part of my lived testimony of simplicity.…


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