Last week right about now I was sitting on a bench overlooking the beautiful St. Joseph river, watching the way the water changed color as the sun rose in the sky, noticing the ducks and gulls flying toward Lake Michigan, feeling a wonderful sense of relaxation all around me—inside and out. That’s one of the […]Read more "A Harvest of Peace"
Happy Easter! I hope the Easter Bunny found you early this morning and left you plenty of jelly beans and Cadbury chocolates. And I hope that whatever your Easter tradition usually is, that this is a day of joy and sweetness, rest and renewal for you. I mentioned last week in the call to worship […]Read more "It’s Your Story, Too"
Our Quaker meeting was honored to be asked to lead worship for the spring retreat of Western Yearly Meeting yesterday. This post is the message we offered as vocal ministry. Also, an invitation: It warms our hearts that so many people around the world find and read our blog, and we want you to know […]Read more "Deepening and Stretching"
What kind of relationship do you have with silence? When we settle into our silent worship time, is that comfortable for you or do you inwardly struggle with the quiet? For some people, silent time feels peaceful and nurturing. For others, it can be hard to sit still and hard to calm the mind. Instead […]Read more "Studies in Still Life"
My days usually start slow and easy. I get up, typically before the sun—that’s easier to do right now than it will be in June—I take the dogs out and make coffee. I purposely leave things soft and quiet for a while. I may light a candle on the kitchen table, but the rest of […]Read more "Heating & Cooling"
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 […]Read more "The Roots of Community"
This week a different kind of inspiration came to me when I was thinking about the message I would bring this morning. I heard the phrase, “The Valiant Sixty,” in my head, and I just knew that stories would come and attach themselves to that title. And they did. So today we’re going to spend […]Read more "The Valiant Sixty"