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Trail Magic

Trail Magic

Watching the first QVS volunteers arrive to the house in August…
Growing faith in our abilities to cope with and thrive in new settings –

My space,
Your space,
Our space
Home could be here – or anywhere.
If you ask, they will be there…

Balancing strong and gentle is an ongoing process.
Remembering to love helps.
Feeling stressed isn’t just about not having time.
It can be hard to find 10 minutes a day to pray.

Large gatherings of different people in sunny parks
And the scents of treats outside amongst the building of friendship
A penny for you and one for me,
Put it on the railroad tracks
Then in the Boo Radley Tree!

Sitting around the fire at Dean and Christina’s Atlanta reception,
Talking and watching the fire
And bonding with Dean.
Sitting on the blue denim couch,
Talk about Quaker History.
Greater clarity on the things I’m seeking –
Work fulfillment,
Setting –
Clarity from both presence and absence

Making the mod-podge chore wheel
There is a balance between obedience and efficiency
Lasting community, that understands the full me.
Spiritual journey sharing
And that time I was almost hit by a car

There is an oft used and important time and space to talk,
And there is a harder to find but equally important time to listen.
Two people crying on my couch
So many tears, swollen up with love
Moments and stories of people who find their passion.
The people you live with fill your house with warmth and joy.

A tolerance for ambiguity
When surprise magic happens
The future being better than we expect it will be…

At our retreat in February, the volunteers, Christina, and Erica wrote this collaborative poem.


A Prayer

God beneath you,

God in front of you,

God behind you,

God above you,

God within you.

Talking about the Bible

This morning a group of us sat around the kitchen and living room talking about what we want for our personal Bibles: translations, covers, red letter or not. Some of us have independently started reading the Bible and are exploring how we carry it in our lives. We found the following link helpful as a starting point for examining differences in translations: Translation Comparison Chart

Leroy Barber: Neighboring and Gentrification


In mid-December, Mission Year sponsored an event where their executive director, Leroy Barber, spoke with Atlanta faith-based volunteers about neighboring and gentrification. He discussed the importance of building reciprocal relationships within the communities we serve, and the impact that gentrification has had on certain Atlanta neighborhoods. We really appreciated being able to come together and talk as a group about these issues, especially considering that all of the QVSers (and most of the volunteers from other programs) are newcomers to Atlanta. Read More…

Open House



The construction paper “Welcome Friends” bubble-cut letters are still taped up in our kitchen from the Open House we had for Atlanta Friends Meeting (AFM) last night. Potluck style, of course, dinner drifted into conversation, which carried on until the songbooks came out. There were Friends I’ve come to know quite well, Friends I was meeting for the first time, young Friends, older Friends, and even a Friendly dog. It was designed to be a gift to AFM; a way we could open our lives to those who put so much love into our program. To me though this morning, their spirits still linger here. The songs are being savored and re-sung in the wood floors, the kitchen table is warm with company, and unspoken about barriers in the house have been lifted. At a time when the QVS-ers were beginning to feel worn down and tired, AFM gifted us again by leaving our house feeling open and renewed.

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