The Dead by Denise Levertov

Earnestly I looked into their abandoned faces at the moment of death and while I and aged their slack jaws and straighter waxy unrestraint limbs and plugged the orifices with cotton but like everyone else I learned each time nothing new, only that as it were, a music, however harsh, that held us however loosely,Continue reading “The Dead by Denise Levertov”

Friend In Residence at Earlham School of Religion

I will be in Richmond, Indiana in a couple weeks as the Friend in Residence at Earlham School of Religion. If you’re in the area and want to participate it would be lovely to have you join us. I am really looking forward to being out there with Friends from all over. Here is whatContinue reading “Friend In Residence at Earlham School of Religion”

James Alison – Standing at the Edge of an Impact

Imagine two different groups of scientists. One group, armed with a set of encyclopedic guidebooks which are constantly being annotated, take turns to look at a distant star or galaxy through an extremely powerful telescope. The scientists offer comments from what they see, and in the light of what they see, or deduce, further annotationsContinue reading “James Alison – Standing at the Edge of an Impact”

Suicide: Offering Help to Those Feeling Hopeless, and Accepting Our Limitations – a guest post by Emily Ostrowski

This article comes from friend and co-worker Emily Ostrowski. Emily is a suicide prevention counselor working with an organization that helps youth dealing with suicidal ideation. I think you’ll find what she’s offered here both helpful and moving. In Infinite Jest, renowned author David Foster Wallace, who tragically took his own life in 2008, comparesContinue reading “Suicide: Offering Help to Those Feeling Hopeless, and Accepting Our Limitations – a guest post by Emily Ostrowski”

Sucide: Defined By Life – a guest post by Julie Heidingsfelder

I have at least two more posts to share with all of you on the subject of suicide. This one comes from a woman, Julie Heidingsfelder, who is a member in our meeting. Julie has been impacted by the suicides of her grandfather and aunt. We are telling these stories because we think it’s importantContinue reading “Sucide: Defined By Life – a guest post by Julie Heidingsfelder”

Suicide: The Devil’s Own Loaves & Fishes – a guest post by Peggy Parsons

This post was written in 2010 for Peggy’s Personal blog “A Silly Poor Gospel” after the death of Friend and member of Freedom Friends Church of which she was then the pastor. Peggy’s ministry has been important to me over the years and this post is no different. J. who this post is about wasContinue reading “Suicide: The Devil’s Own Loaves & Fishes – a guest post by Peggy Parsons”

Suicide: The End of Paranoia – a guest post by Aaron Scott

This post continues the theme of reflecting on suicide and its impact in our lives. It is written by Aaron Scott, a close friend, biblical scholar, poverty initiative activist, and all around awesome person. She lost her grandpa earlier this year to mental illness, here is some of Aaron and her grandpa’s story. My grandpaContinue reading “Suicide: The End of Paranoia – a guest post by Aaron Scott”

Suicide: When Nobody Is Waiting for you Tomorrow

Image on flickr by martin_kelley This week is suicide prevention week and so it’s got me thinking more about suicide. I wrote some of my story about the suicide of my step-dad a few weeks back called “Suicide and the Things We Carry”. My wife Emily and I had moved to Los Angeles a fewContinue reading “Suicide: When Nobody Is Waiting for you Tomorrow”

Prayer for Revolutionary Love by Denise Levertov

That a woman not ask a man to leave meaningful work to follow her. That a man not ask a woman to leave meaningful work to follow him. That no one try to put Eros in bondage. But that no one put a cudgel in the hands of Eros. That our loyalty to one anotherContinue reading “Prayer for Revolutionary Love by Denise Levertov”

John Greenleaf Whittier (on outward evidence not availing us)

They fail to read clearly the signs of the times who do not see that the hour is coming when, under the searching eye of philosophy and the terrible analysis of science, the letter and the outward evidence will not altogether avail us; when the surest dependence must be upon the Light of Christ within,Continue reading “John Greenleaf Whittier (on outward evidence not availing us)”