Category Archives: Message

Losing and Finding My Bearings

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, December 5, 2021 Sometimes when we’re confused, we say “let me just get my bearings, here.”  I may have just woken up from a nap.  Or I may have stumbled on a walk.  Maybe … Continue reading

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The Quaker Testimony of Equality

Message given at First Friends Meeting, Richmond, Indiana, March 7, 2021 and at Durham Friends Meeting, May 16, 2021 It is equality that is on my mind this morning.  Equality is something that has been on my mind more or … Continue reading

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We Worship on Land That Is a Homeland for the Wabanaki

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, January 17, 2021 “We worship on land that Is a homeland for the Wabanaki.”  We say those words each Sunday when we gather.  I want to say something more about that today.  I want … Continue reading

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And So We Pass from One Season to Another

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, November 8, 2020 And so we pass from one season to another.  The leaves are mostly gone now, gone ‘til next spring, their bright colors just a memory.  The sun is down by late … Continue reading

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Six Things We Have to Offer

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, August 2, 2020 Cooped up like this, what do we have to offer? Most of us are living a closed-in, closed-down life.  We’re waiting for this strange time to pass.  And by ‘strange time’ … Continue reading

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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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