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The Light, The Seed, The Tree of Life

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, April 10, 2022 How do we talk about a God who is beyond our knowing? The opening hymn we sang this morning, “Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise,” praises a God beyond our comprehension: “immortal, … Continue reading

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Flowing Water

From FlowingData Map shows you where a raindrop ends up May 25, 2021 Topic Maps  /  rain, Sam Learner, water River Runner is a fun interactive map by Sam Learner. Click anywhere in the contiguous United States to drop some rain and, based on data … Continue reading

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Androscoggin River ice melting as it moves through Lisbon, Maine

From the Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine

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What to Make of Trump’s Election

November 9, 2016 A friend writes this morning  “just wondering what your Quaker Friends are saying after this election?  I write her back: Well I’m wondering, too, what Quakers make of it and wondering even more what I make of … Continue reading

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Not a Calvinist, If I Ever Was

July 11, 2016 On the Writer’s Almanac yesterday (July 10), Garrison Keillor noted the birthday of John Calvin, “theologian and ecclesiastical statesman.” I first knew Calvin as the founder of Presbyterianism, my earliest religious experience coming thorough Brighton Presbyterian Church … Continue reading

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Unless You Are a Pacifist…

May 30, 2016 “Unless you are a pacifist….”  With these words, E. J. Dionne begins a thoughtful column about Obama and Hiroshima’s Moral Lessons concerning the President’s recent visit to the first site of a nuclear bomb strike seventy-one years ago. … Continue reading

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Arguing for Shared Security in the NYTimes

May 5, 2016 I have a letter in today’s New York Times.  It’s title A New Foreign Policy Elite and responds to an op-ed piece yesterday by Evan Thomas (don’t know him) on Why We Need a Foreign Policy Elite. … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With “Christian Fiction”

April 14, 2016 Walking the shelves of my local library, I was surprised to find a label on a book that said “Christian Fiction.” It was just above the regular label that makes books findable in  the stacks. Topsham Public Library puts … Continue reading

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Claude Monet, Vétheuil in Winter

April 7, 2106 This is in the Frick Museum, where I recently had the pleasure of an hour. The river is the Seine. Monet lived in Vétheuil from 1878 to 1881 and painted about 150 pictures there, many of them including … Continue reading

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War Has Been Given a Bad Name

December 27, 2015 War Has Been Given A Bad Name By Bertold Brecht I am told that the best people have begun saying How, from a moral point of view, the Second World War Fell below the standard of the … Continue reading

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