Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual JourneyMarcelle Martin's new book has just been published! It explores ten elements of the spiritual experience of Quakers, both in the 17th century and in our time. It makes a great resource for study groups to explore the experience of these elements in our own lives. Available from Inner Light Books. For more information, go to the Publications page. * * * * * * * * Marcelle is available to lead workshops and retreats and to give talks. See the Teaching and Upcoming Workshops page to learn more.
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The recent U.S. election offered a choice between very different approaches to government. The majority of American people want good public services, peace, and a hopeful future for their children and grandchildren. The new administration’s policies toward the environment, however, lead toward death. The good news is that the election ignited a mass movement. We can still choose life, if we allow ourselves to be guided by divine love, and filled with the power of the Spirit. Continue reading
On Earth Day I would like to tell you about a wonderfully informative, inspiring, and funny book, Renewable, by Eileen Flanagan, a Quaker friend of mine whose life was renewed at the age of 49. Flanagan captured my attention in the opening paragraph, … Continue reading
May the Spirit of Christ be born within and among us again in power, in this time.
The ten elements of the Quaker spiritual journey which I have been describing in this blog are all elements of that process of spiritual rebirth which the first Quakers courageously witnessed not only in their preaching and writing, but more importantly, in their transformed and transforming lives. Continue reading
Perfection as complete union with God’s love is not an element of the journey so much as a state toward which we are moving, a condition toward which God is drawing us, day by day. Continue reading
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