Category Archives: Message

What Does It Mean to Be Alive?

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, May 10, 2020 The message I have this morning is about what it means to be alive – something very much on my mind as we go through this time of pandemic.  The summer … Continue reading

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Do We Leave Politics at the Door of the Meeting Room?

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, March 8, 2020 When I first attended Meeting at Haverford College in the fall of 1964, I encountered non-stop talk – in Meeting — about the Vietnam War.  Most of it against, a little … Continue reading

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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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Building a Fire

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, November 17, 2019 As the days shorten and grow colder, I find myself eyeing the woodpile and the fireplace. I find myself thinking of fires to come.  I was a Boy Scout:  it was an … 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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Holding in the Light

I want to talk more about the Light today.  We Quakers talk often of “the Light.”  It’s one of our ways of talking about Jesus or God or divinity.  There is a particular phrase that’s especially on my mind this … Continue reading

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Learning to Drive

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, May 19, 2019 We celebrated my Dad’s 100th birthday two weeks ago.  He wasn’t with us; he died in 1990.  But I made him a cake and we celebrated his good life. He taught me … Continue reading

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Our True Colors

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, October 14, 2018 Driving to Meeting this morning through the reds and yellows brought on a different message than I had anticipated. “True Colors” was the phrase that rose and settled in my mind. I … Continue reading

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Looking for Lake Huron

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, September 9, 2018 Our summer vacation trip this August took us up into Canada. We spent time in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. We also went camping in Algonquin Provincial Park, and we stayed at a … 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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