Tag Archives: faithfulness

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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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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Perfection (in One’s Measure)

The first Quakers did not want to postpone perfect faithfulness until after death. They sought a surrendered life, a life in union with God. They experienced the Spirit of Christ within them, teaching them, step by step, how to become perfectly responsive to God’s will and free from the compulsion to sin. In doing so, they became joined with the Fountain of Love. Continue reading

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Leadings of the Spirit

As many as are led by the Spirit of God, are the sons of God. Romans 8:14 During my college years, I received some inward direction about decisions that had important  consequences.  These inward promptings related to a sense of … Continue reading

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Being Gathered into Community

After several years of mostly solitary and intensely inward spiritual experience, I began to worship with Quakers. At that time I dreamed I had been swimming laps in a big pool, developing strength, and now I was being put on … Continue reading

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Ten Elements of the Quaker Spiritual Journey

For many summers I lived alone and spent my days reading about early Friends and their times. Summer by summer, I pieced together my own account of the beginning of the Quaker movement. I was fascinated by their collective experience … Continue reading

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