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Peace, Receive, and Believe (Sermon April 12, 2015)

John 20:19–31 (NRSV)

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

(Lk 24:36–43; 1 Cor 15:5)

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. 2,238 more words


Quakers as Bloggers

I once was a practicing, silent-meeting Quaker. I still try to be—Quakerly, that is, without meeting attendance.

My friends taught me the virtue of succinctness. They taught, “If you wish to speak at meeting, make it brief, fleeting, more like an image than a story or a lesson. 343 more words


H is for Hick

John Hick (1922-2012) was a philosopher of religion and theologian. Like many of us, he found that his views grew and changed over time, but he is probably best known for a perspective on religions which is often called pluralism. 449 more words

A Letter To...

On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he’s reading a letter.

In a year jammed-full of WW1 commemoration, our project  invited everyone to step back from the public ceremonies and take a few private moments to think. 777 more words


G is for Grammar

“Theology as grammar.”

Wittgenstein suggests this, parenthetically, in the Philosophical Investigations S373. In Wittgenstein’s work, grammar is a big thing: he asks us to distinguish between the surface grammar of a remark – perhaps we could say the linguistic grammar, or the rules governing the way a word can be used in language – and the depth grammar, the way in which a word can coherently be used. 585 more words

Day 40: You

Today we recognize YOU. Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do.” For the past 40 days, many of you have taken time to repeatedly reflect on peacemakers past and present and their words. 285 more words

Day 38: The Southeast White House

“Welcome home.” Two simple words that can bring so much comfort. I recently heard them from Sammie Morrison while attending the semi-monthly community fellowship lunch at the Southeast White House in DC. 387 more words