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.
Marcelle Martin's book, Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, explores ten elements of the spiritual experience of Quakers. It is a great resource for study groups to explore these elements of spiritual experience in our own lives. See the Publication page for more information. * * * * * * * *
Marcelle is available to lead workshops and retreats and to give talks. See the Teaching and Upcoming Workshops page.