Category Archives: Messages

“Building a Fire,” by Doug Bennett

Excerpt from a message given at Durham Friends Meeting, November 17, 2019 I’ve been thinking that Meeting for worship is a little like building a fire.  It takes at least a few of us gathered together in worship.  One person … Continue reading

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“Spiritual Gifts Among Us,” by Nancy Marstaller

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, November 10, 2019 Ring the bells that still will ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. That’s a quote from Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem.” … Continue reading

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“Go to the Limits of Your Longing,” by Brown Lethem

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, November 3, 2019 I came across a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke that I want to read. It is from his Book of Hours: Love Poems to God. Go to the Limits of Your … Continue reading

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“Beyond Me,” by Doug Bennett

Excerpt from a message by Doug Bennett at Durham Friends Meeting, October 27, 2019 A lot of the time I’m pretty taken with myself.  I admit that.  I know that.  Many days, maybe most days, I can float on a … Continue reading

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“Redemption Centers,” by Leslie Manning

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, August 25, 2019 You may have heard me tell the story about a good friend visiting me the summer after we moved to Maine.  “I never realized Maine was so religious” she observed.  “It’s … Continue reading

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“Holding in the Light,” by Doug Bennett

From a message at Durham Friends Meeting, September 15, 2019 I recently had occasion to read again about a very unusual episode in the history of Friends.  It’s a story told in Elizabeth Gray Vining’s biography of Rufus Jones.  November … Continue reading

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Overcoming Militarism and Racism, by Brown Lethem

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, July 7, 2019 Good morning friends! I want to start off my message by quoting Meister Eckhart, the 14th century theologian and mystic who believed in a personal path to God. “Know then that … Continue reading

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Two Poems for Children’s Sunday

Two poems read by Amy Kustra on Children’s Sunday, June 2, at Durham Friends Meeting On this day, we pray for tender compassion on all the little ones, whose souls, so fresh from the light, shine in our midst with … Continue reading

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David Johnson to speak on the Gospel of John, June 9

Early Friends’ understanding of the Word was deeply rooted in the gospel of John. Come hear a student of both John and early Friends speak about early Friends’ understanding of the “measure” of Light given to each person and how … Continue reading

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“Learning Compassion,” by Leslie Manning

This past Sunday (May 26) Leslie Manning brought us a message that grew out of Hebrews 13:1-3: 13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown … Continue reading

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“Learning to Drive” by Doug Bennett

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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“A Language for the Inward Landscape,” by Doug Bennett

Message at Durham Friends Meeting          May 5, 2019 I’ve been reading a remarkable recent book.  It’s by Brian Drayton and William Taber, and published in 2015.  Its title is a little forbidding: A Language for the Inward Landscape: Spiritual Wisdom for … Continue reading

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“When I Was In Prison, You Visited Me,” by Jan Collins

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, April 14, 2019 Thank-you for welcoming me here on this glorious Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus was welcomed like a King into Jerusalem,  less than a week before his death and rebirth. On this … Continue reading

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“Message or Miracle: Awakening to the Light,” by Doug Bennett

From a message given at Durham Friends Meeting, April 7, 2019 For some, Jesus’s message is what you take to heart.  What he preached, what he taught, was so very different from what anyone else was teaching.  Not just turn … Continue reading

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Attending to the Light — Worship Theme April to June 2019

Quakers have an unusual way of talking about what we are seeking: we are seeking “the Light.”  The Gospel of John, long a favorite of Quakers, begins by saying “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with … Continue reading

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“Developing Habits of the Heart, Part III,” by Liana Thompson Knight

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, March 24, 2019 I’d like to begin with a story that may be familiar to some of you. In fact I think I have even heard this story in this Meeting room before. This … Continue reading

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“Developing Habits of the Heart, Part II,” by Liana Thompson Knight

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, February 24, 2019 When I last brought the message, in early December, I spoke about Parker Palmer’s Habits of the Heart, from his book Healing the Heart of Democracy. The Habits of the Heart … Continue reading

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“Developing Habits of the Heart, Part I,” by Liana Thompson Knight

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, December 9, 2018 In worship last week, Keith Harvey brought us a message that began with a story about Jeremiah. He then gave us examples of Jeremiah figures from more recent times: people like … Continue reading

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“Looking at Shame,” by Paul Miller

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, March 3, 2019 Today I would like to talk about shame.   As a counselor I deal with lots of shame in the people that I work with. Shame binds us and closes us down. The … Continue reading

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“Honoring the Unknowing Between Us With Open Hearts and Open Minds,” by Lisa Steele-Maley

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, February 17, 2019 I woke up with a set of expectations this morning. I knew I would rise before the sun, do some gentle yoga, eat breakfast, drive here and spend the morning with … Continue reading

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“Hearing Leadings,” by Doug Bennett

From a message given at Durham Friends Meeting, February 3, 2019 In the Bible, Samuel is a boy who has been apprenticed to old Eli, the priest at Shiloh.  One night Samuel hears a voice calling him, and he goes to Eli, but … Continue reading

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“The Practical Benefits of Prayer,” by Craig Freshley

On January 6, 2019, Craig Freshley brought a message on The Practical Benefits of Prayer.  You can listen to this message on Craig’s website. On his website you can also see some of Craig’s favorite prayers. Next week (January 13), … Continue reading

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“To What Burning Issue Should I Give My Energy?” by Wendy Schlotterbeck

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, March 18, 2018 Like many of you, I wake up grateful for a new day and a desire to treat others with love and respect. The past few days I have heard birds singing … Continue reading

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Standing with Migrants

Diane Dicranian will speak at Durham Friends Meeting on “Walls: Why We Build Them,” December 30 during Meeting for Worship, and afterwards (with a potluck meal) from the Brunswick Times Record, December 28, 2018

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Diane Dicranian to speak on “Walls: Why We Build Them,” December 30

On Sunday, December 30, Diane Dicranian (Midcoast Friends Meeting) will bring the message.  She’ll speak about “Walls: Why we build them; what they are for.” Diane Dicranian recently spent time at the militarized border between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico … Continue reading

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Listening, Being Bold, and Looking for the Divine in Everyone, by Nancy Marstaller

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, November 11, 2018 I want to share some thoughts about listening, being bold, and looking for the Divine in everyone. I’ll open by reading Dwight Wilson’s psalm 13 in Modern Psalms in Search of Peace … Continue reading

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“Acceptance,” By Craig Freshley, October 21, 2018

A message given at Durham Friends Meeting on October 21, 2018 by Craig Freshley. About this message, Craig Freshley says “This message is mostly a story – Acceptance was the answer – from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous.” Craig records all … Continue reading

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2018 Epistle of New England Yearly Meeting

Sep 21, 2018 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for … Continue reading

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“Our True Colors,” by Doug Bennett

Message given 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. … Continue reading

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“We Are Spirits Having a Human Experience,” by Donna Hutchins

A message given at Durham Friends Meeting on September 16, 2018 by Donna Hutchins Good Morning Friends.  I heard this quote a few years back and it has stuck with me. I think of it often and I thought it … Continue reading

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