Stephanie Stuckwisch
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  • Seattle, WA
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  • Christine Betz Hall
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Stephanie Stuckwisch's Discussions

Swarthmore Lecture - Ben Pink Dandelion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Laura Scattergood 9th month 28, 2014. 7 Replies

Has anyone else listened to Ben Pink Dandelion's presentation? was a very challenging critique…Continue

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Meeting Websites and Personal Privacy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephanie Stuckwisch 5th month 23, 2014. 5 Replies

I'm seeking the advice and experiences of other Friends. My meeting is developing a new website. A decision has already been made to have one area open to anyone and a second that will be password…Continue

What is Membership?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Carl 6th month 25, 2011. 6 Replies

I currently serve on my meetings Oversight Committee. We are struggling with the meaning and parameters of membership. Specifically, what about the membership of persons who have not attended or…Continue


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Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Forrest Curo's discussion 'Falling Asleep In Meeting'
"I've never fallen asleep in meeting, but I've come very, very close. It's one of the pitfalls of a listening prayer practice - letting go of the mind's chatter and waiting for the Spirit.  I don't recommend falling…"
6th month 4
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Forrest Curo's discussion 'Thank God That...'
"Pretty much sums it up. "
8th month 12, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch commented on Kevin Camp's blog post 'Keeping the Faith When Dialogue Is Difficult'
"Howard wrote: Yes, things need to be tended to when any group of people gather together.  The more this is done in a natural way - without any formal appointment - the better the group is spiritually. Your experience is different from mine.…"
8th month 2, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Sherry Chemler's discussion 'Question 3: What is too intellectual and why is it a problem?'
"I actually agree with you. My way back to reading the Bible was through the lens of Liberation Theology.  The minutia the bogs down is the more Bible as literature stuff.  Forrest Curo said:"
6th month 5, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Sherry Chemler's discussion 'Question 3: What is too intellectual and why is it a problem?'
"Concerning Bible study getting too intellectual, I think Michael Birkel describes it nicely: Early Friends "spiritual experiences shaped their reading of the Bible, and their reading of the Bible shaped their understanding of their…"
6th month 5, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch liked Hoot Williams's blog post Are we answering that of God in everyone?
4th month 16, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to David McKay's discussion 'Day of Visitation' in the group Friends and the Bible
"I never really thought about the original source of this. I suspect there was more that one influence on this early Quaker concept.  The first thing that came to mind was the Hebrew Testament stories of God calling individuals to the life of a…"
4th month 16, 2016
David McKay left a comment for Stephanie Stuckwisch
"I am a David on Insight Meditation Timer. Not sure that I'm unique enough to qualify for a definite article!"
4th month 15, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch left a comment for David McKay
"Are you the David on Insight Meditation Timer?"
4th month 15, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch commented on Martin Kelley's group 'Friends and the Bible'
"Maybe the trick is looking at how a passage speaks to the individual, understanding that this can change over time. Sort of a group lectio divina?"
4th month 15, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch commented on Martin Kelley's group 'Friends and the Bible'
"Yes David, many of the groups are idle. If you have any ideas for getting this one going, I'd like to join in."
4th month 6, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Rick Waldau's discussion 'Christian Quakers without meetings' in the group Christianity
"For the most part, I'm comfortable in most Liberal Meetings. I practice listening in tongues when there is spoken ministry. The issue is when a meeting adopts the ABJ philosophy (anyone but Jesus). It can make things very unwelcoming.  In…"
2nd month 15, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to Rick Waldau's discussion 'Christian Quakers without meetings' in the group Christianity
"In my part of the country, I have 2 choices - the Friends' Churches or Liberal Meetings. Neither are a perfect fit for me. What I've found is a liberal meeting that is not Christocentric per se, but that is fully accepting of the fat that…"
2nd month 15, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to James C Schultz's discussion 'The Loss of Awe - Part II'
"I shouldn't have used the old Quaker terminology. When I say convicted by the Light, I referring to the stripping away of our illusions of ourselves, our ego. It is different from being condemned. Seeing ourselves as irredeemable is just as…"
1st month 3, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch replied to James C Schultz's discussion 'The Loss of Awe - Part II'
"I've been following part 1 and trying to figure out how to respond. I think there are a number of reason that there can be a loss of awe. The loss of perspective that you just described can be one. Quakers talk of each day being equally holy,…"
1st month 2, 2016
Stephanie Stuckwisch updated their profile
12th month 25, 2015

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About Me
I first discovered Friends when I was a teenager. The idea of an unmediated encounter with God called to me. After numerous bumps and detours, I formally joined the Religious Society of Friends in 1984. Eastside Friends Meeting in Bellevue, WA, USA holds my membership. I am Christocentric.

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Testimonies as Creed

Posted on 1st mo. 31, 2015 at 7:42pm 23 Comments

During a recent meeting for worship, I found myself seated across from my least favorite Quaker T-shirt. Yes, there was a Friend in the T-shirt, but this is not about her. It’s about my increasing discomfort with the four words on the perimeter of the design: simplicity, integrity, peace and equality.

Lately I've heard members of my meeting tell newcomers, “we believe in simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and peace.” As the words…


Walking with Rachel

Posted on 12th mo. 22, 2012 at 2:01am 1 Comment

Rachel, weeping for her children,

refuses to be comforted,

for her children are no more.

                         Jer 31:15 (The Inclusive Bible)

At tonight’s labyrinth walk, I was greeted by the words of the prophet and an invitation to pray with Rachel and the parents of Newton, Conn.

I entered the familiar hall, changed tonight by the Solstice darkness, the flickering candles, the shadows of silent walkers. It was lovely…


Encounter with an Inebriated Angel on a Metro Bus

Posted on 6th mo. 1, 2012 at 11:22pm 0 Comments

I've met people who I've thought of as angels. Generally, they've been kind, soft spoken and d0 not smell bad.

Last month I suffered a loss that left me bouncing between grief and anger. Then I had an encounter that could only happen on public transportation. At the time, I recognized that it was significant, but it's only after sitting with it for a few weeks that I'm beginning to understand it.

It was the end of a very long…


Fruit Out of Season

Posted on 5th mo. 3, 2011 at 12:07am 1 Comment

I have learned to pay attention when multiple spiritual nudges arrive in short order.

The first concerned a patient at my clinic. Long before any of us ever met him, for reasons unknown, this man decided that he was an invalid. He pretty much refused to get out of bed. He became morbidly obese. Then came diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure and kidney failure.

Any suggestion that there might be a psychological issue was rejected. Referrals to counselors were…


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At 10:13pm on 4th mo. 15, 2016, David McKay said…

I am a David on Insight Meditation Timer. Not sure that I'm unique enough to qualify for a definite article!

At 10:37pm on 9th mo. 20, 2015, William F Rushby said…

Happy to be your friend, Stephanie!

At 12:49pm on 1st mo. 18, 2013, Marian Bruffy said…

Hello, Stephanie!


Thank you for accepting my invitation! I look forward to getting to know you better in the days ahead.


Peace and Light to thee,


Thy Friend in Christ,



At 1:34am on 1st mo. 17, 2013, Hilda said…

Hello, Friend Stephanie.

Thank you for accepting my invitation. I also, look forward to getting to know thee in the days ahead. My husband has been a big help in getting me established here! He is in pain, but healing. 

Thank you so kindly! Peace and blessing to thee in Christ's Light,


At 1:20am on 1st mo. 17, 2013, Timothy said…

Hello, Stephanie!

I wish to thank thee for accepting my friend invitation sometime ago. I have been through nearly three months of insomnia, despondency, and oral surgery. I'm in pain, but healing now. :) Sorry it hath taken me so long a time to reply to thee! I apologise for that. Again, thank thee so kindly. I look forward to getting to know thee better in the coming days and weeks ahead, Lord Willing!

Blessings to thee,


At 6:34pm on 7th mo. 27, 2012, William F Rushby said…

Stephanie Stuckwisch wrote "I am unabashedly Christocentric."  Thanks for your testimony, which we share!

At 4:41pm on 9th mo. 11, 2011, Christine Betz Hall said…

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for connecting here on QuakerQuaker. I look forward to seeing you again at the retreat: Inner Fire—prayer and reflection to kindle, illuminate or renew your service or ministry, Nov 4-6. Info here.

If you think of any other ways to reach out to those who would wish to be there, please let me know.

Peace and all good,


At 4:37pm on 9th mo. 10, 2011, Jon said…

Hi Stephanie

Thanks for being open to answer some questions.

What do you mean by "Christocentric"? I could guess, but seeing I am learning, may as well ask. :)

Could someone be "Christocentric" and not read the Bible? Call themselves Christian? Not believe that Jesus is the son of God?


For me, I admire Jesus as a teacher, and try to live his teachings as best I can. Those teachings I learned through hearing people talk about the teachings and their understandings of them, and from seeing some very devout and "holy" people be & act. I grew up within a church & have attempted to read the Bible several times. But what in my heart I believe to be his path and what I read in the Bible... just don't match up.


How would you see the liberal branch be more in touch with their roots?


Thank you for your thoughts.


At 5:26pm on 7th mo. 25, 2011, Allistair Lomax said…

Thanks Stephanie, I've added you as member of the NFF site, and you can find your way back to it @

I wonder if Dan Davenport does remember you.

At 1:36am on 6th mo. 22, 2011, Forrest Curo said…

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