Author Archives: Quakerkathleen

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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On the Road again…

Yesterday my trusty old car hit a milestone.  300,000 miles.  MUCH of it in person travel in Gospel Ministry.  It seems like a good time to reflect on that as I look to travels in the next few months. This … Continue reading

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Where next for Quaker gatherings?

  Recently I’ve noted an uptick in conversations about how we will gather as Friends longterm going forward.  That’s not surprising – the “emergency” of having to jump onto zoom or decide what to do in the wake of the … Continue reading

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A view of “the great people to be gathered” – worship at Britain Yearly Meeting

In 1652, George Fox journeyed towards the north-west: As we went I spied a great high hill called Pendle Hill, and I went on the top of it with much ado, it was so steep; but I was moved of … Continue reading

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A mover and a Quaker (not Shaker)

Yesterday I had the honor and gift of accompanying in prayer a group of faithful individuals, being sentenced by the state for their faithful actions.  You may read more about the details here. One particular moment stayed with me after … Continue reading

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Not Bowling Alone.

In 2000 Robert Putnam wrote an important book – Bowling Alone. Putnam talks about social capital, asserts some theories about how we connect in communities, and what drives us as humans. If you are someone who thinks a lot about … Continue reading

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A Tale of Six Rivers…..

The dawn of the digital age among Friends has brought some new ways of thinking about many of our tradition’s practices. One of these I see as most impacted is membership.  What does it mean to the Quaker definition of … Continue reading

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Creativity and listening in all spaces (even the internet!)

Quaker Meetings and Churches finding new ways of being together. Part one: overview “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just … Continue reading

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