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June 18, 2017 — Holding Space for People Midwifes Transformation — 2 Corinthians 4:16

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June 11, 2017 — The Gathered Meeting — Exodus 3:2-6, Matthew 18:20

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June 4, 2017 — “Pentecost” by Jan Wood


May 28, 2017 — Quakers and Symbolism

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May 21, 2017 — The Quaker Discovery

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May 14, 2017 — Walking with God No Matter the Outcome — Romans 8:23-28; Genesis 12-21

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May 7, 2017 — The Road to Social Gospel Runs through Profound Mystical Experience

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April 30, 2017 — Proceed as Way Opens

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April 23, 2017 — “Jesus is the Good Shepherd” by Jon Kershner — John 10:1-18


April 16, 2017, Easter Sunday — Daffodils: A Symbol of Resurrection Life

Photo by Belinda Wood


April 9, 2017 — The Simplification of Life

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April 2, 2017 — The Eternal Now and Social Concern — 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

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March 26, 2017 — Blessed Community — Romans 12

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March 19, 2017 — Holy Obedience: Living it Out! — Ephesians 4:11-13

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March 12, 2017 — “Following the Spirit’s Leading” by Jan Wood

SEEDS Article by Jan Wood that addresses similar themes


March 5, 2017 — Holy Obedience

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February 19, 2017 — When the Light Fades

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February 12, 2017 — Listening/Looking to the Light Within — Jeremiah 31:33-34

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February 5, 2017 — The Lamb’s War: The Victory of God Over Evil — Revelation 17:13-14; 22:1-5

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January 29, 2017 — A Scripture Reading — Romans 8 from the Message Bible

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January 22, 2017 — Submission to Empire or a Witness to It? — Romans 12-13

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January 15, 2017 — Jesus’ Teachings on Peace — Put Away the Sword; Love your Enemies!

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January 8, 2017 — Turning the Other Cheek: Doormat Passivity or a Third Alternative? — Matthew 5:38-47

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January 1, 2017 — Peace in the Old Testament: Conquest or Shalom?

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December 18, 2016 — Christmas: The Birth Story of Jesus

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December 11, 2016 — Listening to the Voice of God

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December 4, 2016 — The Promise Given to Those in Exile — Isaiah 9:6-7 and 61:1-3

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November 13, 2016 — Choosing to Stay in this Present Moment

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November 6, 2016 — Kingdom of God or Gospel Order: The Power of the Lord is Over All

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October 30, 2016 — The Kingdom of God in Quaker Terms: Gospel Order — Romans 8:19-25

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October 23, 2016 — Kingdom of God: Living with Creative Tension — John 17:20-23

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October 16, 2016 — Kingdom of God: Citizenship — Romans 12:9-13:10

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October 9, 2016 — The Kingdom of God: Our Work — 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

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October 2, 2016 — World Quaker Day — John 15:12-17

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September 25, 2016 — The Kingdom of God: New Results

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September 18, 2016 — The Kingdom of God: New Resources — Matthew 6:10

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September 4, 2016 — The Kingdom of God: Cultural Assumptions — Isaiah 55:8-9

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August 28, 2016 — “My Detour” by Philip Cosand — Isaiah 30:21


August 21, 2016 — The Kingdom of God: A New Identity — Romans 8:14-17

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August 14, 2016 — “What I Learned in Bolivia” by Tim Burdick


August 7, 2016 — “Taking a Second Look at Genesis 38” by Jan Wood


July 31, 2016 — “A Response to Northwest Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions” by Jan Wood


July 24, 2016 — Economic Equality — Leviticus 25

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July 17, 2016 — Equality of Women with Men — Acts 2:17-18; Galatians 3:28

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July 10, 2016 — Black Lives Matter! — Galatians 3:28

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July 3, 2016 — We Are Enough!

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June 19, 2016 — Gathered in Community to Do the Work of God — Acts 2:43-47; 4:32-37

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June 12, 2016 — Jeff and Lynne Prevette tell their God story of healing


June 5, 2016 — “Othering” by Jon Kershner — Romans 15:1-7

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May 29, 2016 — Live in the Power of the Spirit — Acts 2:43-3:26

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May 22, 2016 — “God on Trial” by Jon Kershner — Micah 6:1-16; 7:19-20

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May 15, 2016 — The Holy Spirit Comes and Changes Everything — Acts 2:1-21

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May 8, 2016 — Moving Into the God Dimension — Acts 1:1-14

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May 1, 2016 — “Emily’s Song” by Sarah Collins

Sarah Collins tells the story of her daughter Kelsey Emily who was caught in the brutal world of sex trafficking before she went missing in May 2009
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April 24, 2016 — Do You Love Me? — John 21

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April 17, 2016 — Forgive Everyone — John 20:19-23

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April 10, 2016 — Karen and Kenya, FWCC Visitors from Cuba and Guatemala

FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation) Executive Committee met in Seattle the past 3 days. This morning visitors from the Executive Committee joined us in worship and shared their story with us. Before they shared, we watched a video epistle of the FWCC World Plenary Meeting in Peru, January 2016. Both the video and audio recordings follow:

FWCC Epistle (English) from Rachel Guaraldi on Vimeo.

Message from Karen and Kenya – Audio Format


April 3, 2016 — Living the Mystery — Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21

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March 27, 2016 — Easter — 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

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March 13, 2016 — Fear Not by Beth Oppenlander

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March 6, 2016 — Are You Relevant to Others? by Tim Burdick


February 28, 2016 — We Join the God Movement — 1 Corinthians 3:5-11

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February 21, 2016 — People of the Story — Acts 21:19-20; Revelation 21:1-3

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February 7, 2016 — The Kingdom of God

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January 31, 2016 — Living Jubilee and Sabbath Rest — Luke 4:16-21; 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Hebrews 4:9

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January 24, 2016 — Jesus and Sabbath — Luke 13:10-17; Mark 2:23-28

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January 17, 2016 — The Freedom of Sabbath — Deuteronomy 5:12-15

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January 10, 2016 — The Rhythm of Sabbath — Exodus 16

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January 3, 2016 — The Gift of Sabbath — Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11

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December 27, 2015 — The Scandal of Christmas — Luke 2:1-20

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December 20, 2015 — “I Bring You Good News” — Luke 1:5-2:20

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December 13, 2015 — “Do Not Be Afraid” — Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:5-2:20

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December 6, 2015 — The Promise Given to Those in Exile — Isaiah 9:6-7; 61:1-3; Luke 4:18-19

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November 29, 2015 — Waiting — Romans 8:18-30

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November 15, 2015 — Living Sacramentally

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November 8, 2015 — Quaker Sacraments

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October 25, 2015 — Radical Trust — Matthew 14:22-33

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October 18, 2015 — The Common Good by Jan Wood

Scriptures about the Common Good


October 11, 2015 — What’s Next?!? — Acts 1:4-2:1

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October 4, 2015 — God is Faithful

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September 27, 2015 — God is Present

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September 20, 2015 — Joy of the Lord

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September 13, 2015 — God Loves Me — John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:16

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September 6, 2015 — What Changes Us? — Romans 12:1-2

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August 30, 2015 — The Ultimate Sacrifice of Love

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August 23, 2015 — Standing Together in Christ with Reconciled Diversity — Romans 14

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August 9, 2015 — Forgiving People — Matthew 18:18, 21-22; Luke 23:34

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August 2, 2015 — On Mercy, Commitment, and Being Right: John Woolman’s Way of Prophetic Non-Attachment by Jon Kershner — Jeremiah 42:9-12

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July 26, 2015 — In My Father’s House by Naoshi Hinami

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July 19, 2015 — Principalities and Powers — Ephesians 6:12, Romans 8:38-39

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July 12, 2015 — Interdependence — 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

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July 5, 2015 — A Call to Reconciliation

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June 28, 2015 — Reflections on Art Quilt “Before & After” by Patty Federighi

Art Quilt: “Before & After” designed and quilted by Patty Federighi


June 14, 2015 — In The Fog

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June 7, 2015 — Lost Trilogy: Epilogue — Luke 15

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May 31, 2015 — Lost Trilogy: Act III, Scene 3, The Lost Son at Home — Luke 15:25-32

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May 17, 2015 — Lost Trilogy: Act III, Scene 2, The Lost Son in the Far Country — Luke 15:13-24

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May 10, 2015 — Lost Trilogy: Act III, Scene 1, The Good Father and His Lost Sons — Luke 15:1-3, 11-13

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April 26, 2015 — Lost Trilogy: Act II, The Lost Coin — Luke 15:8-10

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April 19, 2015 — Lost Trilogy: Act I, The Lost Sheep — Luke 15:1-7

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April 12, 2015 — Bumps in the Road

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April 5, 2015 Easter — Jesus is Alive! Now What? — John 20:19-23

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March 22, 2015 — Resurrection Life by Jan Wood — John 12:24-26


March 15, 2015 — Moving Towards Jerusalem — Luke 9:51-19:48

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March 8, 2015 — Zacchaeus and The Parable of the Ten Pounds by Danny Coleman — Luke 19:1-27


March 1, 2015 — Salty People — Luke 14:34-35

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February 22, 2015 — It Is Costly to Follow Jesus — Luke 14:25-33

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February 15, 2015 — Transformation by Jan Wood — Romans 8:1-2, 4


Jon Kershner

Blog - Jon Kershner

Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D., is interested in the way theology impacts social witness. He has published numerous articles and chapters on John Woolman, and continues to find Woolman to be a challenging figure whose life still speaks to us today. Jon enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, exercising and envisioning a world remade. On his blog, Jon writes about a variety of subjects of interest to him and others.

Danny Coleman

Blog - Danny Coleman

Danny Coleman is a thinker and a teacher. He loves to explore a wide variety of topics and is particularly enjoying his exploration of the Quaker Way. He is a graduate of Earlham School of Religion.

…Of Course, this Could All Go Horribly Awry

Blog - Philip Cosand

Philip Cosand likes to write stories and write about a wide variety of topics, including media, Quakers, and cats.

“Kingdom Come” by Danny and Carla Coleman


“Make Us Aware” by Danny and Carla Coleman


“Your Presence Everywhere” by Carla Coleman


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The Theology of John Woolman: One Quaker’s Vision of a World Remade

by Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D.

This page examines the life of colonial New Jersey Quaker tailor John Woolman (1720-1772). Woolman is best known to historians for his antislavery activities, and he is best known to scholars of early American literature and spiritual writings for his autobiographical Journal.  Jon Kershner’s work augments existing interpretations of Woolman by asserting that he is best considered from the perspective of theology, as a coherent thinker whose religious beliefs were inextricably intertwined with every aspect of his life. Moreover, this research contends that Woolman’s theology was apocalyptic, and that his various social reforms were united in a comprehensive vision he called “the Government of Christ.”  Living under Christ’s direct leadership, the individual and society would be transformed so that the Kingdom of God would be realizing on earth.Jon Kershner

The author of this page, Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D., is interested in the way theology impacts social witness. He has published numerous articles and chapters on John Woolman, and continues to find Woolman to be a challenging figure whose life still speaks to us today. Jon enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, exercising and envisioning a world remade. Jon is an active member of North Seattle Friends Church.

Jon presented a series of six lextures on the Theology of John Woolman at North Seattle Friends Church in the late spring of 2015. The following links are to notes from the six lectures.

1 – The Life and Times of John Woolman (1720-1772) 

2 – The “Principle that Proceeds from God”: Revelation, Conversion and Resignation

3 – The Colonial American Jeremiah: Woolman’s Prophetic Witness

4 – On Earth as it is in Heaven”: John Woolman’s Apocalyptic-Eschatology

5 – The Emergence of the “Government of Christ”: This-Worldly Perfection and Judgment

6 – Woolman’s Books and his Peers:  Constructing Theology, Maintaining Tradition

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