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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.

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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.

    "Realizing Our Oneness" by Holly Dhynes

    "Realizing Our Oneness" by Holly Dhynes

    Holly Dhynes shares about realizing our oneness and unity. She offers a metaphor of the ocean to remind us that we all come from the same spiritual source.

    Photo by Shifaaz shamoon on Unsplash

    • 19 min
    "Afraid of Losing It All" by Mark Pratt-Russum

    "Afraid of Losing It All" by Mark Pratt-Russum

    Mark Pratt-Russum shares what he learned from listening to Jad Abenrod's podcast, "Dolly Parton's America." If we can avoid the trappings of a single story, we may find opportunities to know the Truth in these stories. We are in uncertain times as a congregation, but despite the fear of losing it all, can we turn, look up and take in the landscape that is around us? How might that beauty create spaciousness to continue to live in our shared journey together?


    Photo by Andrzej Rusinowski on Unsplash

    • 20 min
    "Holiness Hidden in the Everyday" by Martha Wood

    "Holiness Hidden in the Everyday" by Martha Wood

    Martha Wood speaks about Epiphany, defining it as the moment you feel you understand something important to you or find holiness in the everyday. She reimagines the story of the Magi and the gifts they brought to the Holy Child.

    • 10 min
    "Life Leans Towards Us," by Holly Dhynes

    "Life Leans Towards Us," by Holly Dhynes

    Holly reflects on a few lines from a carol often sung at Christmastime. Life is leaning towards us and in our favor at all times. This song reminds us to rejoice, keep the wide perspective and live from the end.

    • 22 min
    "The Word Moved Into the Neighborhood," By Martha Wood

    "The Word Moved Into the Neighborhood," By Martha Wood

    Martha Wood shares an original short story about a baby born with symbols and words written all over her body in glowing light. There was a message for everyone in every language on her, like "I promise," and "I am here," and "I am yours forever." The Word had become flesh and moved into the neighborhood.

    • 15 min
    "Mary Birthed A Movement, Friends Let's Move!" By Mark Pratt-Russum

    "Mary Birthed A Movement, Friends Let's Move!" By Mark Pratt-Russum

    For his message, Mark encouraged our meeting to consider the theme of movement present in the Christmas story. He used the March on Washington as an example of what is possible when people feel inspired by a movement. Has the Church been fooled into thinking its primary function is to spectate? Mark urged our meeting to consider what our next steps as a community are. What movements are we being called to be a part of? Following the message, open worship was spectacularly rich and deep, with many noticing a tangible presence of the Spirit. Worship extended past announcements and joys and concerns with many folks adding vocal ministry.

    Image: Daily News, 1963. http://live.nydailynews.com/Event/50th_Anniversary_of_the_March_on_Washington?Page=0

    • 18 min

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