Author Archives: friendmarcelle

About friendmarcelle

A Quaker writer, teacher, workshop leader, and spiritual director, I've traveled widely to facilitate workshops and retreats about the spiritual journey. I'm the author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, and A Guide to Faithfulness Groups.

Fighting for Life on this Planet: Two Movies

Two powerful films highlight the danger of climate change and the sources of hope for the future of life on this planet. Continue reading

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An Australian Quaker’s Transforming Encounter With Jesus

David Johnson seems an unlikely person to write a book about the Gospel of John. He had a long career as a geology professor and co-authored a standard textbook on the geology of Australia. His book reveals that when he … Continue reading

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She Lived in a Tree: The Spirit-Led Witness of Julia Butterfly Hill

At age eighteen she opened a restaurant, but a serious car accident three years later changed Julia Butterfly Hill forever. She needed to find a deeper purpose in life than running a successful business. She traveled to California and encountered … Continue reading

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Giving Birth to Christ in Our Time

As Christmas nears, I often think of words by Meister Eckhart, a radical 14th-century Dominican priest, who said, We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the Divine … Continue reading

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A Leading of the Spirit: Witness to Peacemaking and War

Lyndon Back’s life was happily settled. But everything changed in 1993, when a beautiful old bridge collapsed. Until then, the war in Bosnia had been a distant event seen on the nightly news. After she watched the Stari Most Bridge shatter, she suddenly needed to … Continue reading

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An Ancient Forest and the Ground of Being

We had waited a long time to walk among those ancient trees. Finally we rented a cabin in Cook Forest State Park, and there we were, walking between towering pines and hemlocks. Some are as old as Quakerism, having gotten … Continue reading

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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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