Groaning our Prayers

Groaning our Prayers

Guttural, loud, gravelly deep in my throat, resonating in my chest and abdomen, emptying out a big belly breath to the dregs, sometimes a word or two but mostly beyond words—that’s a whole body groan. … I’ve been learning how to integrate groaning with prayer.

Rooted in Spirit

Rooted in Spirit

OVERNIGHT, AN EYE-CATCHING CURLY WILLOW TREE in my front yard crashed to the ground. I’m thankful nothing else was damaged. My family had marveled at its corkscrew branches, but harsh cold, rain, and then wind in the Pacific Northwest finally toppled it. We’ve since learned that Curly Willows have a really shallow root system.

A Contempt-Free Zone

A Contempt-Free Zone

LIKE AN UMBRELLA AGAINST A STORM, this holiday season I wish my home to be a contempt-free zone. Over the feasting, covering evenings with friends and a glass of wine, shielding family Zoom conversations… I’d like us out of the acid fall of biting, caustic words about “others.” 

Way of the Spirit

Way of the Spirit

If you hunger for a more holistic and empowered connection with God, Way of the Spirit is a program for spiritual rootedness and faithful action from the wisdom of the Quaker spirituality.