Author Archives: Quakerkathleen

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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Ministry report 2022

I have written a report of ministry .  I guess this is more than a year – and what is time during a pandemic? I have a few new wordly changes on the horizon, and I am grateful for the … Continue reading

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Serotinous Cones and the Flame.

Yesterday in some devotional reading time, I learned about Serotinous Cones. Jack pine has developed what is called a serotinous cone. Serotinous cones are covered with a resin that must be melled for the cone to open and release seeds. When a fire moves … Continue reading

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It’s time to flip our meetinghouses. Again.

I am by trade a teacher – former in employment – always on my heart.  There was a movement a number of years ago – I must admit I’m not sure where it stands now, to create “flipped classrooms” The … Continue reading

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God’s digital table and welcome in a time of much Zooming for the Church

I wrote this letter to my meeting, but it’s for anybody for whom it might be helpful.  Zoom is both a great gift – and yet another way to create exclusion.  It’s our choice to be attentive. Dear Friends, In … Continue reading

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We must carry the loaves and fishes now

(IC: Laura James, artist) Everyone knows the story of the miracle.  Jesus finds himself with a small number of loaves and fishes, and 5000 people to feed, and there is enough.  A number of years ago, I wrote about the … Continue reading

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Disruptive innovation – part of the Quaker tradition in these times?

“Dost thou call this place a church? or dost thou call this mixed multitude a church?” But instead of answering him, the priest asked what a church was? to which George replied, “The church is the pillar and ground of truth, made … Continue reading

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Near where the ancestors sleep – new faithfulness emerges (Lake Champlain Worship Group)

The Champlain Islands Quaker Meeting is a worship group under the care of Burlington VT meeting. This past First-day I had the blessing of worshiping with them.  I had heard that their meeting was originally a summer meeting, but now they … Continue reading

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Bloom where you are planted. Know what Living Water you need.

This week has been a very full one, in terms of actions for justice across New England. I’ve been encouraged to see so much engagement, so much of God’s Truth being shared and supported by so many of all faiths … Continue reading

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