Health, Healing and Death:
Experiencing God's Love through Health Changes
Accounts of healing play a major role in the accounts we have of Jesus' ministry in the gospels. Jesus admonished his followers to preach repentance and the coming of the Kingdom of God - and to heal the sick. Healings also play a signifcant role in accounts of the early Church in the book of Acts.
George Fox was also known as a healer, although this aspect of Fox's ministry apparently was embarrassing to subsequent generations of Friends. Henry Cadbury edited George Fox's Book of Miracles as a way of reacquainting modern Friends with early Friends healing work. Here is an article on George Fox healing ministry.
The Friends Fellowship of Healing based in Britain YM has over 1000 members and offers a formal training program for Quaker spiritual healers who utilize hands-on healing methods.
For a number of years, Powell House, a Quaker Conference Center located near Albany NY, has held an annual gathering for Friends Involved in the Practice of Spiritual Healing (FIPSH).
Here are two articles I have written on this subject:
On Praying for Others - and Ourselves
Intercessory prayer was rare just a few years ago among FGC Quakers. Many meetings today have a period where Friends "hold others in the Light" at the conclusion of meeting for worship.
Willingness and Health
This is a paper I wrote back in 1987 while I was studying spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.
It is a reflection on ways that holistic health can lead to blame or
self-blame towards the person who is ill and suggests an alternative
I played a major role in organizing the 2006 annual conference of Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling (QPCC) on the subject, "We Shall All Be Changed: Experiencing God's Love through Health Changes". Here is the Bibliography from that gathering.
I wrote a series of Reflection Questions or queries for use in small groups during the gathering that Friends may find useful for going deeper in their efforts to experience their own bodies as being held in God's love.
Body Prayer is a guided meditation I led at the QPCC Conference in which one focuses on imagining holding a part of one's body in God's love & light.