Author Archives: bpemery

Comfort, Comfort Now My People by Lois Kieffaber

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all, and welcome to the season which can seem the gloomiest time of year –The Christmas star is gone from the sky, the wise men have returned to their own countries, the Holy Family has … Continue reading

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Equality by Jon Maroni

This morning’s message comes from a Sunday school lesson I taught to my high school youth group way back in July of 2012. This would have been when I was living in Newberg, Krista and I would have been married … Continue reading

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Is My Love Loving? by Paul Blankenship

John 21:15 “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter: ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed … Continue reading

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The Universe Loves a Happy Ending by Anya Lawrence

In 1994, Michael Gorbachev, the former President of Russia, contacted a group of energy workers in Germany, and asked them to energetically treat the Russian Nizhnesvirsky Reserve.  This reserve is a vast tract of land, of forests, moors, and lakes.  … Continue reading

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Gratitude as a Subversive Activity by Leann Williams

My thoughts this morning are reflections arising from a Way of the Spirit alumni retreat I attended at the end of October focused on Diana Butler Bass’s recently published book Grateful. We have just celebrated a holiday focused on gratitude, … Continue reading

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A Call to Peace by Jon Maroni

Good morning, and welcome to Spokane Friends. I have shared this quote before but given peace as our topic today, I am going to share it again. It comes from Oscar Romero, who was the Archbishop of the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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World Quaker Day 2018 by Colin Saxton

Thank you for inviting me.  You are all part of my home/family/mother — responsible for who I am. Hear that as “thanks” rather than “blame.” Lots of Quakers round the world…may wish you would have done a better job…but I … Continue reading

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That of God in ME? by Lois Kieffaber

The thoughts I am sharing this morning are based on ideas from the Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference.  That word “theology” sounds a bit scary, but the type of theology referred to is narrative theology, that is, theology based … Continue reading

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Minding our (Cancer) Metaphors by Lois Kieffaber

Some years ago I began thinking about the language we use when we talk about cancer, when I read an article that questioned whether a church with a peace testimony should use militaristic language when speaking about cancer.  Sort of … Continue reading

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My Father’s Eyes: Part III of Spirituality of Eric Clapton’s Music by Jonas Cox

Welcome to part III of a series on Spirituality of Eric Clapton’s music.  During part I of this sermon series we established Eric Clapton as a Rock and Roll bad boy blessed with the ability to not only play guitar … Continue reading

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