Receptivity, personality, transformation

by Margaret Fraser WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT SPRING, even more than birdsong and blossom and melting snow is the day-by-day, minute-by-minute, evidence of new life. I can watch buds form on trees, and furled-up leaves emerge from those buds. When I am feeling down, I can...

This I Know Experimentally

by Christine Hall “Thus, when God doth work who shall prevent it? And this I knew experimentally.” —George Fox, 1647 (Quaker) WHAT DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HOLY? What’s unshakeable because you’ve lived it, felt it in your bones? How did you come to...

What Grown-Ups Do

By Emily Provance I NEVER KNEW HER NAME, but she sat there wiggling in a Tweety Bird sweatshirt. School in Loltuleilei, Kenya, was supposed to start at 6:00pm for the shepherds, but my little friend couldn’t tell time, or didn’t have a clock–or maybe didn’t...

Reforestation of the Heart

By Jan Wood I AM WELL AWARE that we all stand in different spaces in the midst of this tumultuous month.  Some are shedding tears of relief; some are shedding tears of deep disappointment and fear. Some dreams are awaking; others are dying.  It would be nice to think...

Spiraling Around

By Margaret Fraser FACEBOOK REMINDED ME that it was ten years ago this fall that I drove a small delegation of Jewish and Roma Hungarian peace activists from Dublin Airport to Belfast and Derry/ Londonderry. This started a surprising-to-me decade of introducing folk...

Carry Something Beautiful

By Jan Wood SOMETIMES IMAGES SPEAK MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN WORDS. This image is the ministry of Melanie Weidner’s newest piece created for the troubled times we find ourselves in. It speaks into my heart as I hope it will into yours. Melanie was the very first Associate...