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In the Beginning: Reflections from Our Second New Year’s Retreat

The second annual New Year's retreat is in the books! I was delighted to join 10 other companions in a cozy lodge nestled in Hocking Hills for a time of rest, reflection, and refreshment. I trust that everyone left a bit more rested and ready to engage another year, finding renewal through times of group [...]

We Need a Healer: Reflections on Christ the King Sunday

The kingdom of God is justice and peace/and joy in the Holy Spirit/Come, Lord, and open in us/the gates of your kingdom. I sang these words with a small group of Friends at a recent retreat. They come from a Taize chant called "The Kingdom of God." If you're not familiar with Taize, the simple [...]

All Saints’ Day: Compline, Communion, and Family Names

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about death. Strange, I know, but I have had a lot of inspiration. My partner's father passed away last week. Someone shot up a synagogue that same day. Today is All Saints' Day. During a recent retreat, I prayed for six nights with chanting monks that I would have [...]

Recovering Abundance Through Retreat

Some days I wonder if I should change the name of this ministry. How can I talk about the possibilities of abundance when I feel surrounded by scarcity? I turn on the news, check my bank account, or learn a family member is seriously ill and the world doesn't seem like a place of abundant [...]

Reading Both of God’s Books: Practicing Outdoor Church

I grew up in the Quaker tradition but my church was heavily influenced by the evangelical stream of Protestantism. Because of this, we talked a lot about the Bible. The Bible was central to our faith and practice. We talked a lot about what was in the Bible and why we should read it. However, [...]

Solidaridad: Recovering Abundance in Cuba

I recently returned from a visit to Cuba. It is a beautiful country full of fascinating people and a complex history. The eight days went by quickly; we didn't have near enough time to gain a deep sense of the culture and spirit of the country. But what I encountered during our time was a [...]

Recovering Abundance Through Risk

*This post is lightly adapted from a message given by Andy for ESR (Earlham School of Religion) Day at Richmond First Friends Meeting in Richmond, Indiana.  Good morning, Friends. It’s great to be here to worship with you and share with you all. I will say to you what I said to Winchester Friends a [...]

Recovering Abundance in the Middle of Nowhere

*The following is a lightly edited manuscript of a message I shared with the congregation of Winchester Friends Meeting in Winchester, Indiana.  Good morning, Friends. It is good to be with you and worship with you this morning. I was a little concerned because I’ve been under the impression that the Holy Spirit doesn’t interact [...]