Category Archives: Learning from Early Friends

We Work Through Prayer

For more than two and a half decades, I’ve held the intention of following God’s purpose–or will–for my life. And all of that time, I’ve struggled with a strong desire to do things my own way. When confronted with the … Continue reading

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Streams of Living Water

In April 2015, Pendle Hill conference center offered an extraordinary opportunity for a merging of  the Christian contemplative tradition and the faith and practice of Quakers. Fifty people desiring to immerse themselves more fully into the waters of the Spirit … Continue reading

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Gathering in the Divine Mystery

In the Quaker practice of group worship on the basis of silence come special times when an electric hush and solemnity and depth of power steals over the worshippers. A blanket of divine covering comes over the room, and a … Continue reading

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Entering into Transformation

Spiritual transformation begins in the daily circumstances of seemingly-ordinary lives. At the same time, God also invites us to stretch beyond the comfortable circumference within which many of us live, to serve the needs of those beyond our immediate circles. Continue reading

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Evolving Faith

At a gathering for people who nurture the spiritual lives of others, many of us present were uncomfortable with James Mulholland’s suggestion that agnosticism (or atheism) is a more mature spiritual stance than faith in God. Continue reading

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Openings to the Way of Nonviolence

In this time of anguish about the terrible conflict and bloodshed in Palestine and Israel, I feel moved to share how two Friends received openings when they wrestled with the peace testimony. Continue reading

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In Order to Give Our Gift

I pray that we Friends grow increasingly able, faithfully, to play our part in the birth of a new, more conscious, connected humanity, a birth now reaching a painful stage of labor. Continue reading

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