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Telling Stories of Our Spiritual Journey

We need to create space for sharing our stories.

Mary Ann Downey is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) 聽Meeting. She shares Quaker beliefs through the FGC Traveling Ministry program, and as director of Decision Bridges. She has served on the boards of the American Friends Service Committee, Friends Publishing Corporation, Friends General Conference, and Earlham School of Religion.


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Sandy鈥檚 Orders

Sandy Mershon grew up in a large Catholic family, one of eight children, all brought up in the faith of [鈥

Mary Ann Downey is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting.


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Prayers and Protests

Talking to God was an everyday affair when I was growing up. We said a blessing before meals, had Bible [鈥

Mary Ann Downey is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and of the board of trustees of Friends Journal. She is director of Decision Bridges, which promotes consensus decision making.


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Home Training

Mama sometimes stayed home from church on Sunday, saying, 鈥淚 can worship God just fine right here in the kitchen [鈥

Mary Ann Downey is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting


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Building the Beloved Community

Atlanta Friends Meeting began as such a diverse group of people that one of the first attenders commented, 鈥淚t seemed [鈥

Mary Ann Downey is a member and former clerk of Atlanta Friends (Ga.) Meeting and leads retreats for meetings on Building Community.


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A Healing Presence

鈥淐ome Lord, be with us And bless what thou hast given to us.鈥 These words came to me again in [鈥

Mary Ann Downey, a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting, is director of Decision Bridges, which promotes consensus decision making.


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Trying to See God

I climbed the mimosa tree in my backyard looking for God. My ten鈥恲ear鈥恛ld mind had latched on to the words [鈥

Mary Ann Downey is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and of the Board of Trustees of Friends Journal. She is director of Decision Bridges, which promotes consensus decision making.


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Light through the Cracks

鈥淩ing the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There鈥檚 a crack, a crack in everything That鈥檚 how [鈥

Mary Ann Downey is director of Decision Bridges, a nonprofit organization that brings people together to build consensus and bridge differences. She is a member of Atlanta (Ga.) Meeting and of the Friends Journal Board of Trustees.


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Pain as a Spiritual Teacher

馃敀 Friends Journal Member? Sign in here! Not an FJ member? To read this piece, please join us today! For [鈥


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Spiritual Discernment within the Nominating Process

How might Friends improve the spiritual discernment within their nominating committees? I posed this query to my interest group, 鈥淣ominating: [鈥

Perry Treadwell is a member of Atlanta (Ga.)


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