by Marjorie Isaacs with support from Ray Geers It felt like a real loss when the pandemic stopped us from meeting in person for First Day worship. Jim Newby’s messages still inspire and give us fresh perspectives. Worship on Zoom holds some special times, but it just isn’t the same.
Unlike other Christian denominations, there is no ordination of new ministers within the Quaker tradition. As I have watched Ray Geers’ lengthy spiritual journey that has culminated in his recording as a Quaker minister, I have reflected upon the differences between ordination and recording. Quaker ministers are not required to
I came across my original request to be considered for recording as a Quaker minister that was presented to Ministry and Counsel on October 8, 2018. Back then I wrote, “I am requesting the Meeting to arrange a clearness committee to help me discern my next challenge, which I believe
In his book, Signs of Hope in a Century of Despair, Elton Trueblood wrote: “The strong chance is that many of us now living must accommodate ourselves to the prospect of living all of our days in the midst of strain. We have come into the stormy latitudes of history.”
One of our newest members, Mary Wittrock, writes about her enthusiastic return to Quakerism after a spiritual journey that took her down other paths. This is a time when I wish my veins were filled with the Quaker ink, so that I could eloquently express myself. Although I find my