The purpose of this blog is to help one another find the Way of Love and Truth. It’s a place to learn from the experience and witness of Quakers, especially the first Friends, who collectively awakened to what they knew as the inward Light of Christ, a Light they testified is alive and providing guidance within all of us. The first Quakers modeled a radical way of faithfulness that has much to teach us today. This blog is also a place to explore how the Spirit is arising in faithful people in our time, whatever spiritual tradition they inhabit.
I’m a member of Swarthmore Friends Meeting in Pennsylvania, which recognizes and supports my ministry of spiritual nurture. I am a Quaker and a Christian. In 1984, a year when I was seeking Truth with my whole heart, out under a starry sky, I experienced a divine Light, a cosmic wholeness that infuses all things, what an early Quaker called “the hidden unity in the Eternal Being.” I knew in that moment that this divine Oneness can heal all problems, no matter how immense they seem. This experience caused me to dedicate my life to helping us all to open fully to that divine Light that flows within all things and within each of us.
Raised Catholic, I’ve studied and shared the spiritual practices of Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Sufis, Native Americans, and those of other traditions and no tradition. I seek to love God’s Mystery in all its forms and to help individuals and communities become more vibrantly aware of the leadings and manifestations of the Spirit that spring up from within us.
We live in a time of profound change, and God is calling us to something new. Learning from those who discovered the Way before us can help us heed God’s call today. We also need to heed the fresh inspirations of the Spirit in our time. It is my whole-hearted desire to help individuals and communities seek Truth and find the Way of love, wisdom, and peace. May we see a restored earth, enjoy the Peaceable Kingdom, and together grow into our inheritance as children of God.
Nice blog, Marcelle
Thank thee, Marcelle.
Thank you for your ministry. It gives me nurture on this election day.
Marcelle could you contact me about how Minneapolis Friends Meeting could have you visit and host a workshop on Learning from Early Friends. Minneapolis is a central place for Iowa Friends, Wisconsin Friends and the Dakota Friends and we could advertise the event as part of our Quest series. Thanks. Judith James
Marcelle, thank you for reading my writing, and for your supportive comments on my blog (http://lovewantstoreachout.blogspot.com/) It means so much! Lovely writing here, too… Love, Carly
We met once at a School of the Spirit board meeting (Jan 2009). I wanted to tell you that several of your blog posts are required reading in the West Coast program Way of the Spirit (link below). January’s retreat features your pieces on Leadings. Thank you for your faithfulness in articulating the inside out spiritual transformation of our Quaker heritage.
Peace and all good,
Director, Way of the Spirit: Contemplative Study in Community
Thank you Marcelle. Sometimes the journey is long but still fruitful. You are an inspiration.
Thank you, Donna. It’s heart-warming to know that my blog touches you.
I am an Irish Friend whose youngest daughter is teaching English in Vietnam and so I am particularly interested in your reflection on the terrible war. Thank you for your testimony.
Thanks for responding, Padraic! I hope your daughter is enjoying her time in Vietnam.
Connected via Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks Marcelle, raised U Methodist by former Quakers, still a beginner in listening, meditation, contemplation and action via Rohr, Bourgeault, Finley. Thanks for these evoking questions. In recent past visited silent meeting near Decatur, GA.
Jim, I’m glad to hear from you and to know that the evoking questions are helpful! Blessings!
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Hope this signs me up for your blog 🙂
Hi Karen, I’m happy you want to sign up for the blog! To do that you need to click on the box that says “Follow,” which you can find near the top of the page, on the right hand side. https://awholeheart.com/ Blessings, Marcelle