Category Archives: Quaker Practices

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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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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Hearing Leadings

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, February 3, 2019 What is God asking of me today?  Where is God leading me? These days, such questions are very much on my mind.  Especially these days, because it seems we live in such … 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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What Are We Doing Here?

Message delivered at Durham Friends Meeting, June 4, 2017 “What are we doing here?” I wrote those words on a sheet of paper a few hours after I agreed to bring today’s message. I don’t really know where they came … Continue reading

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A Connectedness of Yearning

What I remember best is the silence.  It seemed to charge the room with a connectedness of yearning. That take on his first Quaker Meeting is from Edward Sorel’s Mary Astor’s Purple Diary (Liveright, 2016), a book I read after … Continue reading

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Submitting to Those Claiming to Speak for God…

September 8, 2016 Among my regular reading is the blog Marginal Revolution that Tyler Cowen (Professor of Economics at George Mason University) writes with Alex Tabarrok.  Cowen often sees things differently than I do, but in a serious, interesting and … Continue reading

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I’m With Stupid

August 7, 2016     Message delivered at Durham Friends Meeting You’d think that someone standing up to bring a message would talk about something he knew. Wouldn’t you? That would be reasonable. But this morning I want to talk … Continue reading

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The Gist of Quakerism

April 13, 2016 Chuck Fager has been running a series of Quaker FAQs to provide an introduction to Quakerism.  Of course he knows people disagree about such matters, but Chuck has a gift for plain speaking and he thinks his … Continue reading

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