"Community posits a different type of person – one who is born into belonging, whose personal destiny is intractably intertwined with others."
I thought I would make it known that I will be serving with the Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) for 11 months starting September. I am still waiting to find out what organizations and agencies I will be serving under, but I will have a full-time position offering direct support to marginalized individuals and communities, as well as striving to transform unjust structures. I was placed in the city of Portland through the discernment of QVS’s staff.Also, I will be an intern with Friends of Jesus Fellowship during the summer, a Christian Quaker network of ministries and fellowships “gathered around a common experience of the living presence of Jesus in our midst”. I am also awaiting my placement for this internship, which can bring me to D.C., Detroit, or Philadelphia. I will not only be serving in-church ministry, but will be serving the homeless and taking part in other service outreaches.I ask that you would prayerfully consider donating to my GoFundMe or paypal me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact me for other ways to donate. Also, pray for me so that I can be a genuine minister of reconciliation and a vessel of the Spirit of Christ.
I just wonder how wrong I am. Not in a fearful way but in an excited way. I’m so ready to have my beliefs and ideas shed off so I can have a better grasp of how good my God is. I’m so done with anything and everything toxic. I want to know grace and peace and love for all that He is.
As I find myself drawn more and more to Quaker spirituality, especially in its more primitive and ‘orthodox’ forms, it does not feel like I am discovering something new. In fact, I feel like I am rediscovering the impulses I had as a new believer in Christ, as well as seeing those subtle, quiet revelations I have gained over the years come together with life. I do not feel that the Quaker way is the ultimate way, especially since that is such a broad world of individual spiritualities and philosophies, but coming to know the Christian Quaker tradition has been incredibly beneficial for me in how I think, pray, and love God and man. I’ve come to see both Christ and his reign of peace more clearly, and come to value the diverse ways we can experience God, especially in waiting and in silence. My approach to revelations and the prophetic ministry have surely been refined and has even changed a bit, but honestly, I feel like the charismatic spirituality I fell in love with is coming to life in deeper and more profound ways. And at the end of the day, and in the end of the days, all of these approaches and labels will likely be proven to have been helpful, but I am thankful that it has all driven me to Christ, and it was all driven by Christ. I am also incredibly thankful that he speaks to and touches us in such diverse ways, and interacts with us uniquely, and my major reservation with all Traditions is that they often seem to ignore that reality and diagnose and assign everybody with the same disciplines, practices, and remedies, completely blind to the personality and nature of every individual. So that’s that.
I think God gives me dreams where I play the Sims to make up for me not having the Sims anymore or a laptop to play it on. It’s a pretty regular dream of mine. Some may say this is pathetic. I say it’s grace.
I feel like it has been Holy Saturday for quite some time now.
"Without poverty of spirit
there can be no abundance of God."
"People who intend to be friends of God—to speak the truth, to reprove, correct, witness, interpret, retell, remember God’s story—can expect to be lonely from time to time. But here is a loneliness which can be exhilarating because it is a loneliness evoked by the adventure of being faithful rather than a loneliness produced by merely being overly accessible."
Stanley Hauerwas, Resident Aliens
My life so far has been very strange and very confusing but I am glad that in Jesus, my whole story is redeemed and his grace and glory somehow shine through. I’m thankful for the gift of weakness, where I have learned about true strength in vulnerability and leaning on others and God. I’m thankful for willing people who have listened to me and not judged me and walked through hell with me. I’m thankful for really good parents who don’t really get the Jesus thing but somehow support me really well. And I am thankful that God is good, and not in some detached ‘just’ way, but actually really good—and even better than good. And I have a lot of thoughts today and I am glad.
I thought I would make it known that I will be serving with the Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) for 11 months starting September. I am still waiting to find out what organizations and agencies I will be serving under, but I will have a full-time position offering direct support to marginalized individuals and communities, as well as striving to transform unjust structures. I was placed in the city of Portland through the discernment of QVS’s staff.