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Unmasked by Deborah Suess

Luke 24:13-35 My wonderful Aunt,  Bunny Gillin, lives at Friends Homes, a retirement community here in Greensboro.  When the plea went out a few weeks ago for homemade masks…. she got busy making masks for anyone in need. As her … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday feels more like Holy Saturday by Paul Blankenship

It doesn’t feel like Easter. Not to me, anyway. Not right now. Let me be honest. On Easter, Jesus emerged from the tomb. He put two feet on the ground. He took fresh air into his lungs. He gardened, I … Continue reading

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What is Holding You? by Paul Blankenship

Good morning, Friends. It’s good to be with you in Zoomland and to be traveling through this unusual, transformative, and deeply unfortunate time with The Beautiful People of the Divine Light. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, helped transform the … Continue reading

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Constantine by Paul Blankenship

Needle Hill It is a cold winter evening in Seattle. A light rain is falling on my beanie, on my shoulders. Grey clouds fill the sky. Loud horns and unapologetic sirens envelope the soundscape. I can barely hear myself think. … Continue reading

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A Fool’s Journey into Quakerly Friendship by Paul Blankenship

Tarot Rob lights a match. He reaches into a small yellow pouch and pulls out a gathering of dried lavender. He breaks the lavender, gently, and tears off a small piece. I am absorbed in the sound it makes, the … Continue reading

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Light and Darkness by Ruthie Tippin

What is your first instinct – your first act – when you walk into a dark room?  Mine is to find a light switch… to turn on a light!  I want to know where I am, to see where I’m … Continue reading

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Making Quaker Spirituality Public by Paul Blankenship

1.  How Friends Will be Known In the thirteenth chapter of John’s Gospel, we witness an exceptionally tender and vulnerable moment in the Christian story. Jesus, cognizant that his death is at hand, that the Accuser is present, and that … Continue reading

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A Holy Feeling: Expressing and Embracing Anger as a Form of Spiritual Friendship by Paul Blankenship

Come to Me, and Have Rest  28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Cancer of Distrust and Sacred Cure of Good Friendship by Paul Blankenship

The Center isn’t Holding. Joan Didion is a beloved American writer. She first entered the American mind through the essays she wrote in 1960s. At the time, Didion was “on the ground,” doing investigative journalism with hippies in the Haight-Ashbury … Continue reading

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Strange Times, Strange Dreams by Gary Jewell

At social gatherings we are sometimes asked, “So what do you do?”  I find this question a bit awkward….maybe even slightly offensive.  The question really means…”What is your current occupation or job.”  Well what if one doesn’t have a job, … Continue reading

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