Temples: Abraham Offering Isaac

This is a disorienting story, to say the least. That’s exactly what it’s meant to be, of course. You aren’t supposed to hear it as just a recitation of events: then God talked to Abraham, and then Abraham and Isaac went to Mt Moriah, and then Abraham built an altar, and then he bound his son like an animal facing…

Temples: The Temple of Creation

Imagine that your city is burning. The school where your son learned is burning. The well where your daughter drew water is burning. The little pub where you had your first kiss: burning. Your house is burning. The gentle fire that burned in your little hearth in the winter is now out of control, and the flames are spreading. The…

Free in Eden

On the day the Lord God made earth and heavens, no shrub of the field being yet on the earth and no plant of the field yet sprouted… then the Lord God fashioned the human, humus from the soil, and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the human became a living creature.   And the Lord God…

Body and Blood

William Carlos Williams wrote, in a poem called The Host:   There is nothing to eat seek it where you will, but the body of the Lord. The blessed plants and the sea, yield it to the imagination Intact.   There is nothing to eat… but the body of the Lord.   Quakers, you know, have an odd approach to…

Inherit the Kingdom

I have this app on my phone called WhatsApp. It’s a bit like Facebook, but it’s not as pretty so it uses a lot less data, which makes it popular for messaging and calling in places with unreliable cell service or high data rates. I hadn’t heard of WhatsApp until I started working at Friends United Meeting. I’m now part…

How Freedom Grows

  Here’s a quick and dirty recap of where we’re at in Galatians:   The Roman province of Galatia was basically the middle of the contemporary country of Turkey. Paul went there telling the story of Jesus and planting churches. As he went, he made a surprising claim: you could follow this Jewish Messiah without first becoming a Jew.  …

Praying for Wilmington YM | August, 2017

As the difficult business session of Wilmington Yearly Meeting was drawing to a close, Doug Haag (exiting Executive Secretary) challenged us to spend less time arguing and more time praying. This challenge stuck with me, and so I’ve created a prayer calendar for the month of August. If you’d like to join me in praying for the health and future…