Category Archives: Beliefs

Three Ways of Looking at the Christmas Story

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, December 15, 2019 You’ve probably noticed it’s the Christmas season.  Holiday lights, decorated trees, cookies with icing and sprinkles, advertisements, glitter and glow.  The season when couples apparently give each other pick-up trucks.  There’s … Continue reading

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Beyond Me

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, October 27, 2019 When I think about God, or about Spirit, or the Light I quickly realize I don’t know very much.  I know that many questions – important questions – are beyond me.  Beyond … Continue reading

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Bake Cookies!

That’s what Maida Heatter yelled at her TV. A doctor was talking about the ways you could reduce stress. He started listing ways: Exercise. Diet. Yoga. Take a walk. “I yelled, ‘Bake cookies.’ ” “Baking cookies is a great escape,” … Continue reading

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A Language for the Inward Landscape

Message at Durham Friends Meeting          May 5, 2019 I’ve been reading a remarkable recent book.  It’s by Brian Drayton and William Taber, and published in 2015.  Its title is a little forbidding: A Language for the Inward Landscape: Spiritual Wisdom … Continue reading

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Message or Miracle? Awakening to the Light

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, April 7, 2019 Here we are, gathered as a community whose beginnings lie about 2000 years back, “a long time ago in a place far, far away from here.”  I want us to imagine ourselves … Continue reading

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How Am I a Christian?

December 1, 2018 “How am I a Christian?” is the title of an article I have in this month’s Friends Journal.  Here’s a snippet from the piece: One of the Advices in the New England Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice reads “Make … Continue reading

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Quaker Values?

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, July 1, 2018 Quaker values are on my mind this morning – that phrase ‘Quaker Values.’ Partly Quaker Values are on my mind because the last week or two – or really the last year … Continue reading

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