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 "contemplative medicine".

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.

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Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies

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They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.  
Death cannot kill what never dies.  
Nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle; the Root and Record of their friendship.
If absence be not death, neither is theirs.  
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.  
For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent.
In this Divine Glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure.
This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.
 - William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude, 1702.

Note: This passage was quoted by J.K.Rowling as the epigraph of her novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Braithwaite on Outreach

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Men & Women with a Message of Power

It is as a "religion of life" that Quakerism will be presented in the future and is being presented now.

Its distinguishing note will be its resolve to bring all this human life of ours under the transforming power of spiritual life.  It will stand out against all divisions and compartments that separate the sacred from the secular, the sanctuary from the outward world of nature, the sacrament from the days' common work, the clergy from the laity. 

It will tell of a Christian experience that makes all life sacred and all days holy, all nature a sanctuary, all work a sacrament, and gives to every man and woman in the body fit place and service.  Its concern will be to multiply men and women who will have a message of power because they are themselves the children of light.  It will claim the whole of man's life, and the whole of life, individual, social, national international, for the dominion of the will of God.

William C. Braithwaite and Henry T. Hodgkin, The Message and Mission of Quakerism (Philadelphia, Winston, 1912), 25-26.

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