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A Faithful Responsibility

By Dave Kingrey “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2 NRSV). Bearing one another’s burdens is a direct imperative of the Apostle Paul to the Galatian Christians, and it follows his concern about “anyone” who may have been “detected in a transgression” (Galatians 6:1 NRSV). Paul advises that Christians, who…

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Bear One Another’s Burdens

By Helene Pollock “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 In my experience, when people encounter God they inevitably grow more humble. They get a clearer sense of what Paul meant when he said that those who think they are “something” are deceiving themselves (Galatians 6:3). Experiencing God’s presence also leads to the realization…

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Unity in Opportunity and Community

By Becky Memmelaar “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NRSV) Although the Apostle Paul was writing directly to the church of Corinth, his words are clearly applicable to our modern day Quaker meetings and…

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Spiritual Direction From A Friends Perspective

By Manny Garcia Spiritual direction was a fairly new concept to me when I began my Master of Arts coursework in Transformational Leadership at Barclay College Graduate School. However, having taken a training class in this form of ministry, I have found it to be integral in engaging others to experience God’s presence in every aspect of life. The art…

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Out of My Mind – March/April 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Several years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to Nepal to meet with Friends from that part of the globe. One morning in the middle of the journey, we took a short airplane ride through the Himalayan Mountains to see some of the wonder and glory revealed in creation. It was absolutely stunning….

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Quaker Life – November/December 2012

Stewardship “As you read the feature articles, you will gain an appreciation for the role of stewardship. You will find stewardship comprises more than giving money. Our authors define stewardship as caring for our religious life, our time, our environment, our world and yes, our money. All the writers bring a different perspective to this vital topic. I pray you…

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Quaker Life: September/October 2012

Prayer I have found this prayer is in fact one of the best means to start a conversation with God, although without the grimace and crossed eyes. “Now what?” is often my prayer when I wake. I ask, “Now what, God? What do you wish for me to do today? Where will you send me?” The prayer is simple and…

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Perspectives: Sacred Ground

By By Becky Memmelaar My Daddy’s been quite ill. Recently, I flew to Illinois to just sit with him, to tend to him a bit. In case I haven’t mentioned it, I’ve always been a Daddy’s girl. I’m next to the youngest of seven children. I’ve always thought it wasn’t an illustrious position — you know not quite the youngest…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries

HANKS Jean Sargent Hanks, born in Los Angeles on May 4, 1923, passed away on the evening of May 26, in her home at Friends House in Santa Rosa. She and her brother, Will Sargent, grew up in Whittier. During WWII she met and married Tom Hanks, a young army officer. After the war she went back to Occidental College…

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Review: Historical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers)

Edited by Margery Post Abbott, Mary Ellen Chijoke, Pink Dandelion, and John William Oliver, Jr. The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2012, 574 pages A curious incident occurs once a pastor graces the entrance of their new monthly meeting to which they are called to shepherd. Someone usually requests the pastor give a class on “What It Means to be a Quaker.”…

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