The Faith and Practice of Freedom Friends Church is available. We have here a fresh 21st century interpretation of a generous, progressive, orthodox Quaker faith.

The snazzy black cover features a photo of the neon sign that hangs in our front window. At sixty five pages it includes an introduction by the pastor, and an extensive glossary.

We brought it out for our fifth Birthday party this weekend. We sold half of the copies we had in print at the FWCC section of the Americas gathering on Saturday night. But the second order will go to the printers before the week is out.

The online version is free, but you may want to own your own copy or buy one for your meeting's library. You may buy one for $10 USD plus $2 for postage. You may order by the paypal button on the left. (please send a simultaneous email to peggyparsons AT cs DOT com, with your mailing address.) If you want to purchase in a foreign currency paypal will neatly exchange your currency. We will put you on the honor system to decide what to pay to cover postage to where you are. If you wish to order by mail please send your address and a check for$12 per copy to

Freedom Friends Church
2425 13th Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301

We are grateful to God to be able to share this with all of you.


Sure an its the Saint's Day

Sweet Home Chicago
where they still dye the River Green

A very sexy picture of my
present Piper
( I keep him on retainer - just ask him)

My Suggestion for the official theme Song for the Lambs War

And a reminder that taking care of the 'snakes' was always women's work


And the Wiiner IS.......

Visitor #40K
You signed in at 3:31 am Pacific time (glad I went to bed)
You show up as
Your ISP is Verizon
you came immediately from "howdienduphere" Blog (methinks you are a Q)

Identify yourself and claim your prize!
(identify yourself and I will give you the e-mail to send me a snail address)

If 40K doesn't step up in 24 hours I will work backwards on the list.


It's Time for another Contest !

The Hit counter is at 39,830 this morning.

When it gets to 40K, I will attempt to Identify the visitor.

The Prize will be a fresh off the press copy of the Faith and Practice of Freedom Friends Church - which we expect to get back from the printer next week!

SO Check in often - this shouldn't take too long!




Marge Abbott and I will be leading this retreat at Pendle Hill at the end of the month. There is still space and time to register. Email me if you have questions - Pp

March 27-29 - Yes this month!


Target Audience: Young Friends, Convergent Friends, Quaker Bloggers, People who live with fear, People who admire primitive Quakerism, People who are frustrated with Quakerism, People who want a spiritual basis for their activism and people who want a more active expression for their spirituality.


Changing the world by being a changed people


Margery Post Abbott & Peggy Senger Parsons


4:30-6:00 p.m. Registration

Bookstore open* in the Barn

6:30-7:10 Dinner in Main House (All Meals in Main House)

7:30 Welcome and Orientation

7:45-9:30 Session I : On Being Dangerous: First generation Quakers were an a real and persistent threat to the economic, spiritual and political status quo of their day. At other times during our history Friends have occasionally risen near to this level. How do we re-kindle this dangerous spark for the 21st century?

Introductions: What is your concept of “being dangerous”?

What made early Quakers dangerous?


7:30 a.m. Rising Bell

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-9:30 Meeting for Worship in the Barn

10:00-12:00 noon Session II: Living into God’s Wisdom: The Sermon on the Mount was the most dangerous document ever written. Escaping the entrapping gravity of conventional wisdom, how we learn to live into the values of this teaching.

Stumbling over “perfection”: What does this early Quaker doctrine mean? How does it get distorted? How might it point to strength and empowerment?

12:20-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 Free time (Bookstore open 1:00 – 3:30)*

3:30-5:30 Session III: A Fearless Faith: An honest disclaimer about the advantages and risks of a life lived in the Spirit. People are dying for want of what we take for granted. How to get it to them without losing ourselves. With a fearless faith, we are neither paralyzed nor in denial. Responding to the Guide allows room for choice in the midst of chaos or danger.

6:00-6:40 Dinner

7:30-9:30 Session IV:. Paradoxes and Polarities: What are our blind spots – the polarities which drive humanity apart and drive us from God? The cure for polarities is the ability to live with paradox.


7:30 a.m. Rising bell

8:00-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-9:30 Meeting for Worship in the Barn

10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Session V: Transforming Love. Only changed people can change the world. The love of God is a supremely powerful agent of change. Radical acceptance of ourselves, of God, and for God’s love for all people including us is the gate to the transformed life. What transformation do we know within ourselves? How do we support one another and nurture the growth of the Spirit in each other’s lives?

1:00-1:40 Dinner


*The Bookstore is open only at the times specified