Poetry Corner: Abraham and Isaac

God said, “Take, pray, your son, your only one, whom you love, Isaac, and go forth to the land of Moriah and offer him up as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I shall say to you.” And Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey and took his two lads with him, and Isaac…

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…

Five Things: Creation by the Word

This Sunday, we will be looking at the story of creation from Genesis 1. Here are Five Things to help you prepare your heart for worship:     1) Video Clips from The Bible Project   This week’s text is from the beginning of Genesis- where it all starts. Read the story for yourself here, and then watch this video…

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…

2017 Epistle of Wilmington Yearly Meeting

The following epistle was approved by Wilmington Yearly Meeting of Friends on 7th Month, 30th Day, 2017. “This is the single question facing Wilmington Yearly Meeting this weekend: What is the presence in our midst saying to you, in this moment? I invite you to hold that question in prayerful silence for a moment, and then continue to hold it…

Freedom in Christ

Most of you know that in addition to my job here with all of you lovely folks, I also work in the communications department at Friends United Meeting, the global body of Friends that we’re all part of. My boss there unexpectedly found himself on a boat in Northern Europe, as happens to the best of us, which meant that…