Many year ago, a seasoned Friend told me that I had to choose between being a programmed Friend or an unprogrammed Friend. I have struggled with that challenge (rejecting it for the most part) as I feel that I am a healthy mix of both the programmed and unprogrammed traditions. While my home is currently among unprogrammed Friends, I long to explore the call of pastor and community minister in addition to my current work as a hospital interfaith chaplain, though this rising call to public ministry for me is sadly in the context of in a community that no longer recognizes and records ministers and for which the liberal programmed tradition is disapearing. This Online Programmed Meeting for Worship fills a small part of my call to public ministry and I am excited to see how God works through me and others in its development.Read More
If you're able, please light a candle and think of all three of us. We appreciate prayers, thoughts, energy and intentions our way as Rachel births this new life into the world and Ben supports this incredible time of transition. Please pray for us as we become parents and for our little one, for all of our health, and for quickness of labor and for safety.Read More
July 8, 2016 marked my 31st birthday. It was a good day of celebration, starting out with breakfast donuts with a dear friend, a few hours of work, and then a fun adventure up to Maine for lobster and more friends. My birthday each year is my new year. It is a time for me to reflect on the year past and dream about the year forward. Though this year, I didn't really do that until some time later. My new year was full of being in the present; full of joy; full of love.Read More
The theme of the conference is “Living the Transformation: Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” This theme has been broken down into four parts in the study booklet and Friends have been encouraged to look at one or more as their section facilitates worship. Latin American Friends from the FWCC-Section of the America led this morning’s worship. We stood together in song as the Latin American Friends gathered in the front of the plenary room and encouraged us to think about what it meant to be “Living the Transformation.”Read More
Perhaps an odd title for a blog post, though that’s exactly what has been happening here as Ben and I acclimatize to the altitude in Cusco. Its high here, 11,000 ft. That is more than 2 miles high! And for folks like us living at sea level in Boston, well, we are moving slow.
Ben and I arrived last night in Cusco and both experienced headaches and shortness of breath. The coca tea that everyone raves about didn’t help me much, probably kept me up most of the night instead, but today I am feeling better. We are taking it slow though, which means walking slow, moving slow, eating slow, and talking slow. Our lungs tell us that we need to breath deeply and our bodies are telling us to be patient.Read More
Tomorrow morning, Ben and I fly out of the United States to Peru. We will be acclimatizing to the altitude in Cuzco, Peru before joining over 400 representatives of Friends communities from around the world for the Friends World Committee, World Plenary Meeting in Pisac, Peru. The meeting will being on Tuesday January 19th, and last until Wednesday January 27th. An additional 100+ local Friends are expected to join the meetings over the weekend. Please hold us all in the light and remember us in your prayers during this time.Read More
Here are some photos from this year's New Year's Day hike in the blue hills organized by some F/friends of Ben and mine from Beacon Hill Friends Meeting.Read More
In this time of Advent, with Christmas approaching and as cards are arriving in mailboxes wishing people joy, peace, and love—there is a undercurrent of a theological hope. Hope for a better world. Hope for a better life. Hope for salvation. Hope for transformation. Hope for something else. But what does that all really mean?Read More
I choose wonder for the theme of this worship earlier this week—thinking about this time of year, the wonder of the birth of Jesus in the Christian tradition, the wonder of the oil lasting seven days in the Jewish tradition, and the wonder of the turn of the year, the equality of light and darkness in the celebration of Solstice.Read More
It's been ten years. An entire decade has gone by since I was madly rushing around as part of the organizing team for the World Gathering of Young Friends. It's been ten years since a knock on my door by a dear Canadian F/friend at the pre-gathering at Woodbrooke Study Center; the same F/friend whose roommate at that gathering is now my husband. It's been ten years since Ben and I became friends after working together and traveling together first in England and then a few months later in Kenya.
A few folks have been commemorating the anniversary of these gatherings (August 2005 in Lancaster, England, and October 2005 in Mombasa, Kenya) by setting up a Facebook page and adding pictures to different albums, with pictures taken by Anna Dunford, Betsy Blake, and many other contributors. Simon Grey resurrected a webpage about the gathering and Ben had his reflections up on his webpage on the Lancaster gathering and the Mombasa gathering this whole time! I'm sure there are other reflections out there. If you are reading this post and have one of your own, please post in the comments below.Read More
I've heard it called the Quaker Holy Day for Friends on the South Coast of Massachusetts, that is the day of the annual Allen's Neck Clam Bake. The one day a year where friends and families; attenders and members; and people near and far come to the Westport/Dartmouth Massachusetts area to partake in this event.Read More
Tonight I met with some folks from Beacon Hill Friends Meeting and neighborhood friends to share stories of the Camino de Santiago. Several of us had all sorts of good memories to recall and plenty of advice to impart on one of BHFM’s members who is going to hike the Camino in the fall. When I hiked the Camino in 2009, it was a significant turning point in my life- I walked with the prayer “God, teach my how to love, how to love myself and how to love others…” So many years later I would not have guessed this prayer to be so central to the work I do and the needs I still have in relationship with the Divine.Read More
I took a bunch of pictures and videos while I was there- though I only got my camera out a after a few days had passed, so all of the photos are from Tuesday & Wednesday. This year's Annual Sessions gave me a lot to think about; about love & truth, about community, about assertiveness vs aggression or passivity, and so much more. I really appreciated all of the people that checked in with my about my experience this year and all the people who supported and care for me throughout the week. Its taking time for me to adjust to NEYM as a transplant from Baltimore Yearly Meeting, but each year things get a little bit better.Read More
I’m not going to Burning Man this year since my chaplaincy residency starts on the 30th of August and conflicts. Its one of the many things I’ve given up to do this residency, and while I’m still processing the grief of not seeing my lovely friends and being in camp this year, I ended up traveling to Colorado before Annual Sessions to help with the HeeBee Cooking weekend. This is the weekend where my Burning Man camp cooks much of the food for the festival week. We slaughtered and processed 20 chickens and cooked all sorts of goodness.Read More
And then, walking back from a Spiritual Caregiving visit with an 87 year woman who is just so alone in the world, I thought: My faith propagates love. Its a love that is often hard and challenging, like these conversations with this high school classmate; conversations that I hope can continue in private- not posted on a Facebook wall for all to see and hurt. Its a love that is living and breathing, that comes from visiting friends and family and strangers who need us to listen, to care, and to be present. Its a love that interrupted my whole day so that I could pour my heart out over these words and a love that is not exclusive to Quakerism, Christianity, or any particular faith or community. But it is a love that bring some people to my faith- and people to other faith communities who live this love too; it is a love that brings people who are hurting, people who are needing to be seen and heard, and people who have felt rejected by the world, into our doors and into our hearts. We Quakers have a lot to do to grow and expand that love, but at the core we propagate love.Read More
The following is a sermon I gave this morning at Allen's Neck Friends Meeting in Dartmouth, MA. I read the news yesterday of West Hill's Friends Church and Northwest Yearly Meeting and it weighed heavy on my heart. I've included a recording of my sermon this morning as well, if you'd like to listen as you read along.Read More
Back in at the beginning of July, when Ben and I were visiting Putney, VT and playing Unable, Unwilling as I wrote about in a previous post, one of the conversations that emerged was between Adam and Ben discussing this coming year's Disruptive Behavior Committee performance. Since I was already holding my camera and snapping photographs of the gathering, I quickly changed into videographer mode and started filming Adam and Ben. Over the following few weeks, Ben gathered together clips of past Disruptive Behavior Committee performances and I worked on editing this rockumentary after the style of Spinal Tap. Its just a fun little project with some hilarious footage. Enjoy the laugh and come see Ben, Adam and Kara perform this year at Annual Sessions!
(the video is under Ben's youtube account, since I don't have one set up yet and his gets more traffic. So a shout out of thanks to him for letting me put my work up there!)
After having lunch today with Ben and a few friends downtown, I wandered through the Boston Commons to the duck pond. It was one of the hottest days here in Boston which didn't dissuade either the ducks of the people feeding them. Some of the birds wandered/hopped/waddled/walked up to me for a close and personal photo shoot. Some of the highlights from my photography adventure are below.
Back in May, I stayed in California to visit my brother after Ben and I attended a wedding of some friends of ours. While there, I filmed three of Ghost Train's songs that are being released on their website along with the release of their first EP! (open up the release link to support them!) I'm so proud of Emilie, Josh, Miranda, and Jake for their hard work and amazing talent! I'm honored to be able to support them with a little bit of cinematography and video editing. They also let me film the song Josh wrote for Ben and my wedding "O Sister." Very sweet of them! I'll put up the videos as they come out. Here's the first. Don't forget to take a look at their website to learn more about them!
Sarah shared how much leading this delegation felt like her experiences leading international delegations. Detroit, the most trafficked city between the USA and another country, is on the front lines of our impending water war. The stories of people facing water shut-offs, corrupted public services and undemocratic governmental structures are very real and the people whom CPT talked to and walked with this past week are living out these realities.Read More