Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
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
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
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…Continue
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…
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…
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…Continue