Author Archives: friendmarcelle

About friendmarcelle

I am a Quaker writer, teacher, workshop leader, and spiritual director.

The Overstory: a Novel

I‘ve read many of the best novels ever written. The Overstory, by Richard Powers, may be the most eye-opening of all. In the first section of the book, in eight short stories, Powers creates diverse, interesting characters who are all impacted … Continue reading

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Red Alert for the Earth

At an encampment to listen for God’s leading to a prophetic response to climate change, I was given an image to keep in my mind both our extreme danger and the availability of God’s guidance. Continue reading

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Beckoned by Trees

The first tree that beckoned me, long ago, was a sapling on the far side of my grandmother’s lawn. Sensing that it was silently calling me, I went to investigate and discovered that it was being strangled by an orange … Continue reading

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Theater of Witness: The Healing Power of Telling and Witnessing True Stories

Recently I had the privilege of attending a workshop with Teya Sepinuck, the creator of Theater of Witness, in which she guided us to share intimate truths: about ourselves, our ancestors, and life itself. We uncovered stories that needed to … Continue reading

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The Offering of Emptiness

A recent week-long silent retreat allowed me to enter more deeply into the prayer of emptiness–the prayer in which I quiet my mind and open to the presence of God. Continue reading

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The Light That Shines in the Darkness

On a dark, starry night, in a year of whole-hearted seeking, inner senses opened and divine Reality was suddenly revealed. I experienced a Light that flows through everything and a Power that can heal anything. Continue reading

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Faithfulness Groups

Participating in an ongoing Faithfulness Group helps me sense more clearly God’s call on my life.  We offer each other a form of prayerful attention and companionship that helps us remember, again and again, that God is always present, ready … Continue reading

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