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 trust...

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 care....

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...

Ears to Hear, Eyes to See

Photo: Christine Hall By Christine Hall In this day when the burdens of humanity    press so heavily upon usI would begin not first with techniques of servicebut with the most "Serious Call to a Devout Life,"a life of such humble obedience to the...

God, Make It Possible

By Emily Provance Dear Friends, In June, I did an experiment. I had noticed that my Facebook feed was overwhelmingly political. It used to be filled with photographs of kittens and updates about people's babies, but now, it was nothing but news article after meme...

“Difference is of the essence of humanity” —John Hume

By Margaret Fraser LAST MONTH MARKED THE 45th ANNIVERSARY of the ambush of the Miami Showband, in which three band members and two of their attackers were killed. Flourishing from the 1960s to the 1980s, Showbands were an Irish cultural phenomenon, performing in...

Living in the Unknown

By Jan Wood THE GOOD NEWS ASSOCIATES are used to scheduling commitments, retreats, and events for months and years ahead. And we — like you — have lived into this strange state of suspended animation during the COVID crisis. All of our lives, schedules and plans have...

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