Entries in Appointed Meetings (13)

Report from Urbana-Champaign

Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 06:01PM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in , | Comments3 Comments

A Friend … spoke of harmony, which is the term Baltimore Yearly Meeting has chosen in its theme — “Living in Harmony [with All God’s Creation]” — and contrasted it with control. He noted that these two things — harmony and control — cannot coexist; the exertion of control can at most lead to only a false illusion of harmony, while preventing true harmony from emerging. He said that to have genuine harmony with nature, we must be willing to let nature be what it is, respect it, and learn from it.

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Report from Bloomington-Normal

Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 09:13AM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in , | Comments5 Comments

After our meeting concluded, one Friend commented that the local Friends meeting had never really labored for discernment before. Another Friend said that the evening’s practice in discernment may have been one of the bigger benefits of the occasion.

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Called Meeting in Monmouth

Posted on Monday, June 5, 2006 at 08:46AM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in , | Comments3 Comments

Updated on Friday, June 9, 2006 at 08:23PM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey

It troubles me that one side gets its views very prominently heard and promoted at liberal meetings and through the pages of QEW, while the other side sits on the sidelines feeling ignored, forgotten, and alienated. It troubles me even though I am closer to agreement with the side whose views are getting all the publicity.

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The Opening of My Second Week

Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 06:31PM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in , | CommentsPost a Comment

…As it turned out, the lady had no hesitations about letting me have a place to tent, right in her front yard. Not only that, she began bringing out refreshments — first well water, which was delicious (she and I and the little girl sat on a swinging chair together, drinking it down and chatting), and then fresh-picked lettuce and radishes, and finally fresh-picked strawberries and ice cream.

By the time we’d reached the strawberries, the family had dragged over a picnic table from the back of the compound, and we were all seated around it talking together.

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I Return to the Road

Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 10:00PM by Registered CommenterMarshall Massey in , | Comments6 Comments

“I will be honest with you,” the Fairfield pastor said. “We discussed this and decided not to invite you to speak to us. We’re not sure we agree with your plight. We thought your journey was too expensive for the purpose.” He added, “Besides, this will be the graduation day at our local high school; we will all be at parties for our kids.”

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