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The Quaker Quill Monastery Blog - 2010
6th Month, 2010
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5th Month, 2010
- Thawing Out, Daring to Warm up
Spring seems to be arriving early this year. We hardly know if we can trust the
early signs, but it is easy to find oneself wanting to take chances in the garden
for instance after being away from enjoying the outdoors for so long.
We are in the process of having The Quaker Quill Monastery Blog available
in a more interactive format through wordpress. We opened the account a while ago and are
learning as we go.
Eventually, everything will be there and we hope it is for the better. Until the
transition is complete, the Quaker Quill Monastery Blog will be here and there.
4th Month, 2010
The Precious Gift of Service
We celebrated Maundy Thursday this year with our friends at St. Andrews by the
Church in Harrisville, Michigan. They hosted a special passover dinner, and afterwards there was a
foot washing service.
It was quite a learning experience all around and we
had the great pleasure of providing and cooking the lamb for the meal fresh from the farm.
There was a marvelous educational presentation about the many aspects of the
passover meal which was presented while we ate the traditional dishes and foods. It was wonderfully
informative in so many ways.
Participating in the foot washing service afterwards was very enlightening and provided such insight into the
character of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It was a spiritual aspect
of Christian service and tradition which I personally had never
known and it was very moving.
How grateful I am to have had the privilege to broaden my understanding
of this Christian custom. I can honestly say that I never quite understood Peter's response to our Lord
as fully as I do now.
Easter day found us at a sunrise service in our little town of Harrisville. It is actually a city, but has
the warm feel of a town that has never lost it charm to excessive leaps of industrial progress.
this year to start our Easter day of ecumenical fellowship with the
United Methodist Church of Harrisville,
a sunrise service at the harbor on Lake Huron. We couldn't remember
a year in nearly the past decade when this could have
possible for the weather is always utterly prohibitive for outdoor
activities on Easter. But, this
provided a beautiful opportunity for a sunrise service. The prayers and a capella singing of hymns seemed all the
more spiritually uplifting for the glory of the sunrise that made its
way above the horizon and bathed us in its light.
After the group disbanded, we sat in silent meeting for worship and
therein the Lord led us to His peaceful
presence and in holy silence we were keenly mindful of the profound and powerful meaning and spiritual
message to be contemplated
of the Resurrection.
Then, we made our way to St. Andrews by the Lake Episcopal Church for Easter communion with the wonderful
church community there. Father Pete gave a moving talk that asked the question,
"Where is the God of My Childhood". Tender spiritual points to ponder were delivered and there was much to be
3rd Month, 2010 -
This month has been just full of blessings and joys - my cup runneth over! First,
Spring babies are still arriving early this year and though there have been some orphans, their presence makes us
smile and laugh no matter how severe the weather is!
Then, what seemed like a slow start to the maple sugar season has turned out to be quite nice. We are collecting
lots of sap several times a day and the maple syrup is plentiful. What a miracle of creation
that God gave us the gift of such delicious sugar from the sap of a tree!
But, the best part is (I can hardly contain my excitement) - we received the gift of a precious copy of the
1599 Geneva Bible
and it is a true treasure. Such a joy during this season. How wonderful it is to be able to read the
heart-felt deeply spiritual and humble prayers of those who used this edition when America was very young.
I'm only sorry for the lack of
time there is to really delve into it this time of year. But, it will be a treasure-trove waiting to be explored
and study next winter - I am actually looking forward to next winter already because of it! Though our favorite study bible is the Jerusalem Bible,
I feel very glad inside for the Geneva Bible. What a privilege to be able to add it to our library
and be able to actually read it. Such excitement makes me feel like a child inside!
A Passover meal was prepared and shared in silent fellowship at the Monastery with a Bible study afterwards.
2nd Month, 2010 - The Balm of Winter
Winter weather has been a bit better than winters of the past few years. There haven't been as many sub-zero days
as yet. Time is in fact going by swiftly and it
hoping that we are investing our creative efforts to the full. Time here at the Monastery lingers just a bit
longer in winter than at other times of the year. This provides us
to do things that can not be accomplished in any other season. So, we take full advantage those extra
moments and thank God for them!
Contemplative prayer also seems complemented by shorter days and snowy nights. There is a feeling of prayerful
intimacy unique to winter which seems sad to pass as spring approaches. But, the promise of new life
in the combination of the comming of Easter season and the new birth at the
farm makes us feel ready to let go of
the quite solitude of winter and greet spring with the joy that new life brings.
The Quaker Kitchen project
continues to grow, one subject at a time. Winter provides such a good opportunity
for filming cooking projects, there is time available now that just won't be afforded in just a few more
months. I hope we get all of the subjects covered that we have on the schedule, if not, we will
just do what we can. People are sending subject
requests in and we look forward to working on them. We are working on having every video
The question of advertising came up again. Another company made an offer for ad space on The
Quaker Kitchen web site but
we are committed to having space that is not intruded upon by ads, especially given the fact that
we would have no control over ad content. Our leading for The Quaker Kitchen is to create
space that is Christian in content and wholesome as a learning environment. Ads will not be
a complement our work.
Thought not due until 5th month (we thought!), we have had lovely newborn
goats too. We have been filming bottle feeding baby goats and lambs for the Quaker Kitchen and we
- can't wait!
1st Month, 2010 - New Beginnings
The year begins with an important project finally in place.
We are calling it the QuakerGreen project and it is located online
The QuakerGreen project seeks to explore and create ways to increase environmental consciousness.
An outreach of Quaker Monastery, the QuakerGreen project began in the in late 2008 as a
Christian ministry of stewardship through a Quaker perspective whereby education and resources about
climate change and sustainable living could be offered to the public through
modern mediums of technology including a web site which will feature pod casts and
online videos on subjects relating to climate change and sustainable living.
It has taken more
time to put together than first thought but the fact that it is on its way now is a comfort. We intend
it to be an online resource and look forward to steady progress. The issues of global warming and climate
change are far to important to ignore and time is of the essence. Living on earth is more than just
taking, we must invest in and nourish the planet. The smallest contributions make a difference.
This global concern effects people of every land and culture. Living in a more sustainable way and decreasing
our carbon foot print in all walks of life is critical to the survival of the planet and the cultures that
As a Christian ministry, we hope the QuakerGreen project grows and blooms with good things,
and as in
all things, we turn its future over
to the Lord and ask His blessing.
Our first litter of Collies has been born for 2010. We have several that will be placed in therapy programs and we will
be training them at the farm this summer.
2009 Peace Pilgrimage