10th mo. 2011 Blog Posts (31)

Exodus 8 Through 12 - Let My People Go

The narrative of Moses going before Pharaoh to demand release of his people is perhaps the most central part of the Old Testament biblical narrative and one of the most influential stories ever. The debate as to whether it actually happened exactly as told is intense. There is little if any supplementary historical data to support it but the memory of it in the history of the Jewish people is also so intense and important that it is hard to believe it has NO basis is fact. It is the memory…


Added by Irene Lape on 10th mo. 31, 2011 at 9:43am — 3 Comments

Interview with Michael Gagne


I had such a lovely and inspiring interview with Michael Gagne for my piece on Quakers and Occupy (which you can listen to…


Added by Friend Speaks My Mind on 10th mo. 30, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

North Valley Friends Podcast 10.23.2011

Together on the Jesus Way: Astonished & Afraid

Mark 10:32-34

Added by Cherice on 10th mo. 30, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Silence is My Leading

Silence is My Leading


Since I became acquainted with the Quietist period of Quaker history I’ve been attracted to it.  This period, which some Quaker historians refer to as ‘The Second Period of Quaker History’, is the one where I find the most nourishment.  It is the period which produced ‘A Guide to True Peace’ which has been of such help in my own inward journey.


Along with this attraction has been a searching out of what constitutes the difference between…


Added by Jim Wilson on 10th mo. 28, 2011 at 5:54pm — 2 Comments

Moo-Maw: witty and wild

Listen to this post: http://www.turtleboxstories.com/audio/moo-maw.mp3…

Added by Cathy Barney on 10th mo. 27, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Blog post: "Fear"

Put up a new blog post today on "Fear" -- its relationship to illness, love, and the role of faith in healing it.


Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 10th mo. 27, 2011 at 7:22am — No Comments

Peace Pilgrimage


Added by Kenneth Lawrence Schroeder on 10th mo. 25, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

Starting to pray again-I.m outta practice

Hello: My family and I have been going to a Friends meeting about once a month for about 6 months-the closest one is 26 miles away-we like it. Although my wife and I were born and brought up as Lutherans, I have been a Unitarian for the lost 20 yrs aprox. I am out of the habit of prayer-but I know that many find it a good way to recharge their spiritual batteries. I have been praying for 2 min per day- I'm not sure who or what I pray to or what to pray for- so I'm been asking the Light-…


Added by richard morgan on 10th mo. 24, 2011 at 5:57pm — 3 Comments

What Do We Worship?

My husband and I take a right at the driveway marked by a light blue sandwich board sign:



We enter the living room of the farmhouse where our Meeting gathers every Sunday for worship. I settle into a straight-backed chair softened with an ivory sheepskin, close my eyes, place my feet flat on the floor, rest my open palms in my lap, and…


Added by Iris Graville on 10th mo. 24, 2011 at 2:48pm — 2 Comments

Occupy Your Spirit: Quakers and Occupy Philadelphia


With Occupy movements sweeping the country and rocking the city of Philadelphia to its core, I set out to investigate how Quakers are getting involved with this national call for social change.…


Added by Friend Speaks My Mind on 10th mo. 23, 2011 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

the beauty of the question mark????

wow how we can have that ahh haa moment at any time in our lives amazes me. To me they are gift of grace that we have done nothing to receive!!

I have a wonderful human trait that i can't shake, I want to know the unknowable for a certainty!!(funny but it's true) I get into a state of mind almost like some one in a  drug craving search for their drug of choice, looking for TRUTH!!! surfing the internet for hours on different religious sites looking for spiritual TRUTH(i now find this…


Added by Elzie Simons on 10th mo. 22, 2011 at 1:18pm — 2 Comments

Quaker Focus Week at George Fox University

This past week at George Fox University we have been engaging our Quaker heritage in a focused way. While our roots are Quaker, and there is still a strong Quaker community on campus, many of our students have no idea what a Quaker is or believes. Among the events we held were three chapel services, with the link to those found below. We hope you will engage these and continue to conversation!


Wess Daniels, pastor of Camas Friends Church, spoke on Quaker community as a Remix.…


Added by Jamie Johnson on 10th mo. 20, 2011 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Moses Before the Pharaoh - Speaking Truth to Power (Exodus 5 through 7)

Having returned to Egypt from Midian and reestablished a connection with his brother Aaron, Moses is now reintroduced to his people

Exod 5 - Together, Moses and Aaron go to ask Pharaoh to let the Hebrew people go “hold-a-pilgrimage festival” ["hag" in Hebrew is related to hajj in Arabic] in the wilderness. Pharaoh wants to know “Who is YHWH, that I should hearken to his voice” (5:2). Pharaoh accuses them of just being lazy and looking for an excuse to get out of doing the work…


Added by Irene Lape on 10th mo. 20, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments

North Valley Friends Podcast 10.16.2011


Together on the Jesus Way:All Were Satisfied

Mark 6:30-44; 8:1-10

Added by Cherice on 10th mo. 19, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments


Well, I continue to grew in understanding of Quakerism. I continue to like what I read & experience. I continue to attend Meetings for Worship and enjoy each moment I am there and wishing I could attend more of them.

A couple of weeks ago, I was oncall for work. So I sat in the lobby with the greeter, just in case the cell phone went off.


My girlfriend has come with me too and she is enjoying the Meetings and is looking over some of the pamphlets I…


Added by Jon on 10th mo. 19, 2011 at 12:32am — No Comments

6 Weeks and Counting

Hello Friends,


It's been an interesting few weeks to say the least.


First off, I found out on the 1st of the month that I am pregnant. Don't tell ok? He,he! My dear husband is quite concerned and want's to keep things under wraps until we hit the three month mark. For reasons I'll go over shortly I feel the need to tell, I need community support in this.

This is my second pregnancy. My first was in August of 2009. I carried to 13 weeks but when the…


Added by Angela Kurkiewicz on 10th mo. 17, 2011 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

North Valley Friends Podcast 10.9.2011

Together on the Jesus Way: When Certainty is Sin

Mark 8:13-21, 27-38

Added by Cherice on 10th mo. 16, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Danger of isolation and absence of other-minded people.

I watched “Jonestown: Paradise Lost” documentary two weeks ago. This movie told about religious organization, which called “Peoples Temple”. 918 members of the organization, including 276 children, suicided  or were killed in 18 Nov 1978. I was shocked by this movie. I’d like to share my point of view about this.


There weren’t intrinsic evil in the organization. On the contrary, the organization helped poor, homeless people and wanted to build better live. Unfortunately,…


Added by Igor Klimov on 10th mo. 15, 2011 at 6:27am — 3 Comments

On to the Ministration of Moses - Exodus 1 through 4

So we leave behind the first stories of the biblical narrative, the stories that present to us a God who is above all and who has a creative desire to create something that is good and pleasing, a desire to be in relation to man (male and female), beings who are “like” Him. In our freedom, we disappoint God and He respond to our failings with anger and persistent outreach. We finally see God reach out in a very personal way to Abraham, a man whose family by one account originated in Ur and…


Added by Irene Lape on 10th mo. 11, 2011 at 11:27am — No Comments

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