West Hills Friends is a Quaker meeting in Portland, Oregon. You can find more about us at www.westhillsfriends.org. Included on this page are words of people in our community, and visitors.
"Surrender, Being Held, Letting Go" by Mark Pratt-Russum
We have been in survival mode for the last 15 months. We have been holding on to things tightly. What will it look like for us to come down from this state of survival? In this message Mark explores what it feels like to release, to surrender and to trust that we are lovingly held.
"You Are Worthy Of Love" by Mark Pratt-Russum
It sounds simple, huh? You are worthy of love. But darn it, we doubt that all the time. For this message Mark offers us a reminder of our worthiness and uses music from David Bazan (Trouble With Boys) at the end to drive home the point. The video of David Bazan's song can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHah0WT8EtQ
“I’m probably wrong about all of this. Apologies in advance.” by Chris L.
For his first word, Friend Chris L. explores the concept of "minimal viable product" which he picked up while working at a software company. While the concept sounded bad at first, Chris breaks down a minimal viable product in the context of his current life and explores how it is helping him see the world.
Quaker Depths: On Queries by Mica C.
As a Quaker community, we value the tradition in which we gather. Over the next year, we will spend time exploring various "testimonies" of Quakerism. For this installment, we hear from our Friend Mica about the Quaker use of Queries.
"On the Quaker Testimonies" by Lloyd Lee Wilson
We invited Friend Lloyd Lee Wilson to speak to our community about the Quaker testimonies. What is at the core of Quaker faith and practice?
"Waiting Worship" by Lloyd Lee Wilson
Lloyd Lee Wilson, visiting from Friendship Friends Meeting of North Carolina Yearly Meeting, offered a message on Waiting Worship. Waiting Worship appears outwardly as silence, but inwardly is waiting upon God for immediate inspiration.