The Roots of Community

The original inspiration for our message today came weeks ago when I first saw a photo that Brooklyn Friends Meeting had posted online. The picture showed the sign out in front of their meetinghouse—much like ours—and it said, “Meetings for Worship Every First Day (Sunday) 11:00am. All Are Welcome.” And then, beneath that, there was […]

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The Gift of Time

Greetings, Friends. We didn’t have Meeting for Worship this morning (cancelled due to snow) so I thought I’d post a little reflection instead. This gift of time–free time, time outside of time–has been on my mind all day. What to do with these long, open hours, sunshine, four-footed beloveds, and all the freedom in the […]

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Heartwarming

So how many times this week did you feel your heart warmed by reminders of goodness in the world, lifted with a feeling of hope, or maybe embraced as you felt connected to others and to God? Chances are, if you follow the news, those heartwarming moments are few and far between. It’s just part […]

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A Child’s Hope

What is your best Christmas memory? Does it involve getting a present you really, really wanted, like the Red Ryder BB Gun Ralphie wants so much in the movie, A Christmas Story? Maybe it was something Santa brought that totally surprised you but turned out to be the greatest present ever. Or perhaps it’s a […]

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An Overflowing Heart

How well do you know your heart? Is it just an organ that goes about the thankless but important task of beating the way it should moment by moment, keeping the blood pumping through your veins and your body working properly? Is your heart filled with warm emotions like love and hope and anticipation? When […]

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Building Bridges

Many years ago I made a trip west and found myself walking along the Columbia River in Oregon. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been—so lush and majestic—it was almost too much to take in. You may remember the Columbia River as the place where Lewis and Clark realized they were […]

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Song of the Heart

In contrast to all the bad news we’ve heard in headlines recently, there’s been quite a bit of good news in the world of nutrition. Some things previously said to be “bad” for us are getting get-out-of-jail-free cards. For example, early this month, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that drinking coffee is […]

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