Category Archives: Quaker Practices

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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Labyrinth in the Woods, Brunswick, Maine

November 17, 2015 Recently completed is a Labyrinth in the Woods, a joint project of First Parish Church (UCC) and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust. Ellen is a member of First Parish, and I’m a Board member for BTLT.  We … Continue reading

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The Insufficiency of Good Intentions

October 23, 2015 [Message I gave at a meeting for worship at a meeting of the Quaker United Nations Committee (New York), of which I am a member.] ‘Good intentions’ are on my mind today for several reasons. One is … Continue reading

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Should We Record Ministers?

May 13, 2015 If we believe that all are called to ministry, should Yearly Meetings specially record some people as ministers? When a group of meetings were set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting a few years ago and then formed … Continue reading

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