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Ann Audland, Early Quaker Prophet

This is one of the stories I’ve been preparing for the New England Yearly Meeting sessions this month, about early Friends answering the call to radical faithfulness. Ann Audland is one of the lesser known early Quaker prophets. She and … Continue reading

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The Phoebe Family: Empty-Nesters – or Not?

I’ve enjoyed hosting a family of phoebes, a species of flycatchers, on the parsonage porch. I noticed them one day in May trying to build a nest on an impossibly narrow ledge under a corner of the porch ceiling. So … Continue reading

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The First Motion

John Woolman said in his journal on one of the days he spent travelling in earnest pursuit of God’s will for him, that “Love was the first motion,” after which “a concern arose to spend some time with the Indians, … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Fry: Quaker Prison Reformer

I’ve been reading a biography of Elizabeth Fry (1780 – 1843) that I bought from the USFW used book table in the meetinghouse. The biography is itself a century old and USFW used book table in the meetinghouse. The biography … Continue reading

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‘Service is our sacrament’

By Mimi Marstaller One of the phrases from June’s Friends United Meeting Triennial that sticks with me is “As Quakers, service is our sacrament.” The man who spoke these words is named Ross and he works with the Quaker Voluntary … Continue reading

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Teen Camp: Relationships, Spirituality and Sexuality

By Nat Shed, Director of Friends Camp This three-day camp session will give teens an opportunity to explore relationship ethics and to define the elements of healthy and equal relationships. Teen Camp starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, … Continue reading

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Queries on Financial Giving

These Queries were read by Sarah during the presentation: From remarks at Chestnut Hill Meeting, Philadelphia, PA By Thomas Jeavons January 6, 2002  Do we as individuals see giving to our Meetings (and other Quaker bodies) as: An obligation … Continue reading

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Witnessing for a Faithful Budget

By Leslie Manning Pete Sirois, a Pax Christi member from Madison, and I lobbied our elected representatives after attending Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. We were part of a group of 750 clergy and faith leaders from many denominations … Continue reading

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From our Pastor, Daphne Clement

“The Meeting for Worship is, however, not all silence. The silence is preparation. One listens before one speaks. There is a quickening power in the living silence… Where the temperature and atmosphere of the group are right, the one who … Continue reading

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Why Forgive

From our Pastor, Daphne Clement True forgiveness opens the heart making us tender and available to God. Without practicing forgiveness, we loose the capacity to give and to receive. If we really want to love, we must learn how to … Continue reading

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Daphne Clement Introduces Herself to Durham Meeting

Asked for a biography for the December Durham Friends Meeting Newsletter… I sat down to write and found that the threads of my life (like the threads in the poem below) would not organize themselves in a linear fashion. To … Continue reading

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