Author Archives: Quakerkathleen

The hidden benefits of not “making it” in an expected path

I’ve been intrigued lately by a college basketball story.  Caitlin Clark, superstar of Iowa Basketball, had her heart set on playing for UConn and coach Geno Auriemma.  He never called.  I would think, especially in the context of high school … Continue reading

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Follow the thread….. spiritual gifts as a clue to engagement

The Way It Is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to … Continue reading

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Stephen King’s Pencil.

Seth Godin in a podcast and other places refers to Stephen King’s pencil.  Seth says that in writing conference with Stephen King, inevitably after many questions this one arises, “Mr King, what kind of pencil do you use?” It seems … Continue reading

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Use the tools for good – a lesson from Sesame Street

This morning I listened to a great podcast about the development of Sesame Street in 1969.  I do a lot of thinking about the “Quakerly” use of various tech tools, for our personal lives and in our meetings, and this … Continue reading

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The Threads of Community

“When we treat community as a product that we must manufacture instead of a gift we have been given, it will elude us eternally. ” – Parker Palmer This summer I was gifted again with the warm hug of community.  … Continue reading

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Good byes only hurt because what came before was so special. Lessons from Dr Who.

This weekend I enjoyed watching the latest episode of Dr Who.  In brief, it’s a show that follows a reincarnation (“regeneration”) of an alien being called the Doctor, who travels through time and space to save humans and other species, … Continue reading

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Prepare your heart for your showing up. World Quaker day 2022

The Story of the Wedding Banquet (Matthew 22 – The Message) 22 1-3 Jesus responded by telling still more stories. “God’s kingdom,” he said, “is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out servants to call … Continue reading

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Way will open – pathfinding as expression and nurture of gifts

September is traditionally a time of change and evaluation for me.  Perhaps inspired from my years as a teacher, or the the patterns  of school for my family – I find myself looking ahead in my year with plans and … Continue reading

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The Unwritten Rules of Meeting for (Digital) Worship – part one

Part One – where are we now? A number of years ago I co-lead a weekend workshop called “The unwritten rules of meeting for worship”.  You can read more about that experience here. Now that we are once again shifting … Continue reading

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Holy experiments, encouraged in deep community

Show up hungry. Show up on our doorstep hungry. SHOW UP CURIOUS.  Show up without something to give, without enough time, SHOW UP LATE and in need of stories and the right questions AND TO BE HELD. SHOW UP HUNGRY. … Continue reading

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