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Acting in Faith

Home Group at World Conference of Friends
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: May 31, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

There’s a Godly Play©* version of the story of Adam and Eve in which the moment of crisis is one of recognizing separateness.  Before eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the story goes, humans understood that we were one with God, with one another, and with creation. The crisis gave us eyes to see nakedness when we didn’t before, to become disconnected when we were as one. 

Key to the story is Adam and Eve’s choice not to eat from the Tree of Forever.  My feeling is that this means the human state of yearning for connection, but...

Anne-Marie, a resident of a Peace Village in Burundi
By: Lucy Duncan
Published: May 14, 2012

by Lucy Duncan

During my time at the World Gathering of Friends at Kabarak University in Nakuru, Kenya, most mornings there was no water available on the dormitory floor where I was staying. The first morning I thought it was temporary, but as the days went on, I and my floor mates learned to deal with it, by taking showers at night, by keeping water in buckets, by getting used to accumulation in the squat toilets.  In the end, it was a blessing. I didn’t take a shower for three days and when finally I did, at 2 am one morning when the campus was so quiet, I learned again...

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: May 4, 2012

compiled by Lucy Duncan

Note: Below are excerpts from the addresses during daily worship and plenary sessions at the 6th World Conference of Friends in Nakuru, Kenya. My sense of the spirit at the conference was that unity was stronger than division, that love flowed easily among the participants, that we felt together that we were among F/riends, that we were home. The messages offered during worship operated as a prism, offering many views of the rainbow light which shone through the participants at the conference. Not...