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How Will We Treat Each Other Now? by Jon Maroni

Good morning friends, I am excited to be back in the meetinghouse for the first time in many months for me. Hello and greetings to everyone who is in person here today, and thank you for what you all do … Continue reading

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Nuturing Hope by Leann Williams

There have been a few times in my life within the last two decades that I have pursued a study on the topic of hope. The first study came out of a time of conflict. I was deeply troubled and … Continue reading

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Taking Quakerism Public

During the 2019-2020 year, Interim Pastor Paul Blankenship encouraged the Meeting to consider ways to let the public, both Spokane and beyond, know more about Quakerism in general and this Meeting in particular. Early projects included having street meetings in … Continue reading

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Blessings? by Linda Pierce

In the last few months I have developed a complicated relationship with the word blessed.  This bracelet that I often wear has the words, thankful, grateful and blessed.  I have no problem with thankful and grateful, and the bracelet encourages … Continue reading

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Life in a Procrustean Bed by Walter Simon

One of the great joys of my life was hearing Gilbert and Sullivan performed by the Doily Cart ensemble from London; and as prologue offer the lines from Iolanthe’s Nightmare song:  When you’re lying awake with a dismal headache, and … Continue reading

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LaVerne’s Songline by LaVerne Biel

This is about my personal journey and hopefully is a chance for people to get to know me better.  I struggled with facts and timelines and quickly realized that those really didn’t define who I was or explain my worldview.  … Continue reading

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Kindness . . . the sharing of light and love by Walter Simon

In this summer of violence we experience as Americans a divided nation, social edges frayed by hostility and confused by self-serving, awkward, and politically skewed interests. In faith and understanding what I offer today is to express our obligation to … Continue reading

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Finding the Lost Coin by Oscar Mmbali

…. ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin’ (Luke 15: 9) Our ministry in Belize, looks like the parable of the lost coin (Luke 15: 8-9). It is like a house with many things in it, and it … Continue reading

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Soaked in the Peace of Christ by Paul Blankenship

Christ the little girl Christ is a little girl locked in a basement cellar. Starving, she hasn’t eaten in weeks. Abandoned, she doesn’t know where her parents are. Someone—somehow, for some reason—is pumping a poisonous gas into her basement from … Continue reading

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves . . . by Deborah Suess

Text John 14:8-12 My father’s name was Martin Suess.  And while I always loved my dad, it took some growing up on my part to fully appreciate him. As a 12 year old, Daddy didn’t exactly match my image of … Continue reading

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