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Changing How the Church Sees Racism by Lois Kieffaber

I’d  like to try a little exercise.  I’m going to read off some derogatory names for some groups of people and ask you to stick up a hand if you’ve heard these terms before and know what group they are … Continue reading

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The Power of Powerlessness by Paul Blankenship

Moving Fast     As I get a bit older, I am developing a greater appreciation for life’s simple things. Like, for example, the simple beauty of sitting down. Of sitting down, that is, and being quiet. No TV on, no … Continue reading

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How Friends See the World by Paul Blankenship

News headlines “At least 50 dead and 1,300 listed as missing nearly two weeks after hurricane Dorian hit Bahamas.” “Beto O’Rourke on gun control following record number of mass shootings in the United States: ‘hell yes we’re going to take … Continue reading

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Friends of Jesus are Friends of Beauty by Paul Blankenship

Fatherly pain     My father was born in Detroit. Like many people at the time, his father worked in the then-booming automobile industry. He was one of 7 children my “mamaw,” as us grandkids say, gave birth to. My father’s … Continue reading

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Why I Am a Quaker: Following Jesus, Encouraged by Friends by Deborah Suess

Spokane Friends, thank you for inviting Tim and me to be among you. It has been a gift on so many levels: * It’s been an opportunity to re-connect with so many we haven’t seen for a long time…    … Continue reading

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Love Warriors (Be Where God is Loving You) by Paul Blankenship

John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” Christianity in Distress Christianity is going through hard times. People are leaving the tradition, and they might never come back. It’s not just that our own … Continue reading

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Healing Silence, Sacred Presence, and the Radical Faith of Friends by Paul Blankenship

Luke 10:25-37    There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read … Continue reading

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News and Views of the Q’s by Lois Kieffaber

Thank you for your willingness to try something new.  You probably felt like we all felt when it was introduced the first night at Sierra-Cascades Annual Meeting.  So you have already experienced some of what happened there, except for one … Continue reading

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God As Preposition in the Divine Dance by Leann Williams

A week or two ago a client commented on my recent Recording as a minister with Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, “That’s quite an accomplishment! You must be proud of yourself.”  My response was, “Not really. I’m mostly humble … Continue reading

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Holy Listening: An Exercise in Wonder and a Cure for the Religious Wound by Paul Blankenship

Psalm 42  1 As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; when shall I come to appear before the presence of God? … Continue reading

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