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My Spiritual Life, with Food

I am a weighty Friend in the literal sense of “weighing a lot” but definitely not in the metaphorical sense […]

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I Beg Your Forgiveness

About two weeks ago I was at Indiana Yearly Meeting, where the main speaker was Jan Wood, who is well […]

Eden Grace is a member of Beacon Hill Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting. Since 2004 she has been serving as the Field Officer in the Friends United Meeting Africa Ministries Office in Kisumu, Kenya. She has a Masters of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School and is active with the World Council of Churches. She and her husband Jim have two teenage sons.

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Love Is Rigorous

I am embarrassed but glad to confess that for many years now, a watchword for me has been the title […]

Brian Drayton, an ecologist working in science education, is a member of Weare (N.H.) Meeting in New England Yearly Meeting, and a recorded minister. He is the author of On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry, and more recently the Pendle Hill Pamphlet James Nayler Speaking.

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God Has No Hands on Earth but Ours

I have always been Quaker, even before I really knew what that meant. I have been Quaker in my upbringing, […]

Anne-Marie Witzburg is a member of Wellesley (Mass.) Meeting and is co-coordinator of the Young Friends group there. She is a high school Spanish teacher and the advisor for the school's Gay-Straight Alliance. She is committed to creating a safe space for dialogue about social justice issues as a first step to taking action for positive change. She loves running in the rain and baking vegan desserts. She lives with her partner in Boston.

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On Love

The Greek language has three words for the one English word “love.” I do not read Greek, and although I […]

John Andrew Gallery is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. He is the author of the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Reflections from a Prayer Vigil for Peace, and of The Planning of Center City Philadelphia: From William Penn to the Present (2007).

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Truth As a Moving Target On A Local Train

On a hot summer morning in July 1979, I was riding a local train from Geneva to Basel. Families, individuals, […]

Richard Macy Kelly has served as a YMCA professional, Executive Director of the Maryland Council of Churches, and Director of hiv/aids services for the City of Baltimore in the Health Department. He is the author of Thomas Kelly, A Biography, and edited The Eternal Promise, the posthumous work by his father Thomas Kelly. His most recent publication is the Pendle Hill Pamphlet, Three Ravens and Two Widows. He now lives in Maine where he is a member of Vassalboro Meeting.

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Healing, and Bindweed

I’ve been thinking about healing, and about bindweed, recently. I have been mentally ill for 32 years. In the last […]

Mariellen Gilpin is an editor of What Canst Thou Say?—a newsletter for Quakers who have mystical experiences or practice contemplative prayer (http://www.whatcanstthousay.org). She is a member of Urbana-Champaign (Ill.) Meeting.

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Tendered Hearts

Many years ago I remember taking part in a Christmas celebration at our meeting. We had a tradition that included […]

Christopher Stern is a member of Middletown Meeting in Lima, Pa.

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Inspiration From Quaker Women of the Past

I have received much inspiration and encouragement from the stories of earlier Quaker women who were willing to take the […]

Marcelle Martin is a member of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. She leads retreats and workshops related to spiritual life and is completing a book telling the story of the communal shift of consciousness made by early Friends.

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Elders Among Us

Take a look around you the next time you gather with your meeting community. You come into meeting for worship […]

Mary Kay Glazer is a member of Rochester (N.Y.) Meeting and attends Ticonderoga (N.Y.) Worship Group and Middlebury (Vt.) Meeting. She is a spiritual director and a graduate of the School of the Spirit.

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