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.
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
And so I find it well to come for deeper rest to this still room, for here the habit of the soul feels less the outer world’s control; the strength of mutual purpose pleads more earnestly our common needs; and from the silence multiplied by these still forms on either
I was on a hermit retreat the weekend I wrote this. The questions I was asking myself at that time were: what am I doing here; what am I after? On the surface, going to the retreat was my response to an invitation by my friend Sue to spend some
Pain and loss produce chaos. Chaos can have gentle beginnings, such as an inner tug deep within our souls that awakens us to the realization that the life we are now living is not fulfilling. Chaos can also begin in more dramatic ways—the death of a loved one, divorce, the