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Substitutional Atonement by John Kinney

Prayer:  We are part of a mystery we do not understand.  For that we are grateful. It is good to be with you in person.  My message is one I have been hesitant to give.  It involves looking at a … Continue reading

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Do Not Resist Evil: Really, Matthew? by John Kinney, January 9, 2022

 Giving the message is a privilege that I appreciate.  I pray that something I say will be of spiritual benefit to this community that has so warmly and kindly welcomed Erin and me. I will give the message and then … Continue reading

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The Stretch of Our Souls by Ruthie Tippin

Today is my birthday, and it’s really fun to start the day with all of you!  I noticed in the Spokane Friends newsletter that three pastors connected to SFC are celebrating birthdays this week: Paul Blankenship, Leeann Williams, and me!  … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Son (Jesus vs. Pharisees) by John Kinney

Luke 15: 11-32 (NIIV) There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together … Continue reading

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Let Your Light Shine by John Kinney

When approached about speaking I was reluctant and not sure it was a good idea.  But I decided to trust the elder’s discernment and give it a go.  If they think I might have something to say, maybe I do. … Continue reading

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Equality, Equity, Fairness and Freedom by Leann Williams

This has been quite a year for Friends in Common, not to mention the entire planet. During the fall election season, we became acutely aware of the political diversity within our group. With the pandemic it became increasingly clear that … Continue reading

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How Will We Treat Each Other Now? by Jon Maroni

Good morning friends, I am excited to be back in the meetinghouse for the first time in many months for me. Hello and greetings to everyone who is in person here today, and thank you for what you all do … Continue reading

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Nuturing Hope by Leann Williams

There have been a few times in my life within the last two decades that I have pursued a study on the topic of hope. The first study came out of a time of conflict. I was deeply troubled and … Continue reading

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Taking Quakerism Public

During the 2019-2020 year, Interim Pastor Paul Blankenship encouraged the Meeting to consider ways to let the public, both Spokane and beyond, know more about Quakerism in general and this Meeting in particular. Early projects included having street meetings in … Continue reading

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Blessings? by Linda Pierce

In the last few months I have developed a complicated relationship with the word blessed.  This bracelet that I often wear has the words, thankful, grateful and blessed.  I have no problem with thankful and grateful, and the bracelet encourages … Continue reading

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