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Emptiness on Easter

It has been a wonderful week in Oregon, and we are getting ready to head back to MA very early tomorrow morning. It seems that vacation would be a good time to really write out some posts, but this one was full of time with family and friends we had not seen for some time, so the writing took a back seat.

I did want to point out two great things:

1) This article on an  emergent type of group was on the front page of The Oregonian today. It is well done!

2) Gregg’s sermon  today was powerful and right on. It was great to worship at Newberg Friends. We really miss the community here.

That is it for now! Happy Easter, and may the Lord make himself present to you today.

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Making Up for Lost Time

What an absence. It seems as though all parts of life converged onto last week, and the 24 hours in a day seemed to become more like 20. So, in an effort to make up for lost time, I am packing into this post all of the things that have teased me the past week – those things I wish I could have spent more time with:

– It appears that Quakers still have the ability to rock the boat, and convey truth while doing so. First, she was fired for being a Quaker. Then, she was re-hired for being a Quaker!

Foy Vance rocks. Check out this song, then buy his album:

Rue Royale is also worth your time and both your ears.

– I was a member of the GC4JC relay team that took first place last weekend in the BAC 30k challenge. Believe me when I tell you it was the other two who made a win possible…believe me.

– If you haven’t yet, you must watch Into the Wild. Amazingly beautiful and disturbing.

– Finally, Alaska Airlines did a fine job bringing me and my family to Oregon, where we will be for the next week or so. Man, I miss this place.

Anti-Quaker Day

Pithy post of the day:

Did you know that today may be the most un-Quaker day of the year?

It is, after all,  March 4th (or march forth), the only day of the year that is an actual command.

On this March 4th, may you march forth towards a calling that is of Christ.

Quaker Conspirators?

Through a prolonged stint of blog-hopping at the end of last week, I happened upon the New Conspirators Festival hosted by Tom and Christine Sine this past weekend. It was a gathering of folks doing new types of ministry underneath the emerging umbrella – or as the blog promoted, it was a gathering to “spend time with those on the innovative edge who are creating new forms of life, church, mission and celebration.”

As I perused through, I recognized some names of a few presenters, until I came across the name Bruce Bishop. I was so excited to see his name there, connected with the title, “Holy Loitering: Rediscovering Spirituality for New Expressions and Traditional Communities.” Bruce is a longtime friend who I deeply respect, both for his friendship and his ability to plumb the depths of human life in order to look for the work of the Spirit.

What was even more exciting, though, was a Quaker presenting at the conference!

As a few other Quakers have noted (Wess, Robin, and AJ are some of them) the emergent movement and the Quaker church have much to teach each other, and much that is in common. I hope Bruce’s participation in the festival continues the conversation that has been begun already with the Quaker church.