Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting  
Poplar Ridge, NY

What We Do



First Day Messages

Each First Day, the pastoral vocal ministry is offered by Friends whom the Meeting has asked to serve in this capacity. Archived pastoral reflections are collected here.

Date Title


2022/06/05 What You Have to Add A.T. Miller
2022/05/15 Prophet Muhammad and George Fox David Connelly
2022/05/08 The Motherless Child A.T. Miller
2022/05/01 Careful For The Truth Charles Weld
2022/04/10 Deep Impressions A.T. Miller
2022/03/13 Listening in Tongues A.T. Miller
2022/02/13 Evolution Weekend Howard Nelson
2022/02/06 Weathering the Storm A.T. Miller
2022/01/09 The Path of Love A.T. Miller
2021/12/12 Immanence and Imminence, Advent Stories and Learning How to See Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/12/05 Planted Within You A.T. Miller
2021/11/14 Blessings A.T. Miller
2021/11/07 Jesus, The Cross, and The Sum of Us Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/10/10 Inclusion for Transformation A.T. Miller
2021/10/03 Resilience and Hope: Drawing Strength from Our Quaker Faith Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/09/12 To Balance Ourselves Upon a Broken World, for a Moment Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/09/05 Letting Christ Be A.T. Miller
2021/08/22 Speaking Lives A.T. Miller
2021/08/01 How Change Happens Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/07/11 To Write Upon the Ground and Try What Love Can Do Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/07/04 Grace and Space A.T. Miller
2021/06/20 Lingering Light A.T. Miller
2021/06/16 Prayer David Eckhardt
2021/06/06 The Selfhood of Seeds, the Personhood of Plants, and Listening to our Kin Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/05/16 Losses and Gains A.T. Miller
2021/05/09 Motherís Day Claire Howard
2021/05/02 Metaphors Be With You: The Force, Godís Hands, The Bread and The Knife Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/04/11 Saint Francis A.T. Miller
2021/04/04 Easter Sunday - History, The Whole Truth, and The Endless Song Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/03/21 Perseverance Julie Lockhart
2021/03/14 Disruption A.T. Miller
2021/03/07 March Moons, Myths, and the Sweetness of the Spring Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/02/21 Meditation Jim Burkett
2021/02/14 Ready to Be Loved A.T. Miller
2021/02/07 Blessed Are They Who Mourn Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2021/01/10 Say Yes to Truth A.T. Miller
2021/01/03 Bells That We Would Ring: The Long Loneliness and How the Light Gets In Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/12/20 Jesus, Prophet of Love A.T. Miller
2020/12/13 Healed in Stormy Seas A.T. Miller
2020/12/06 Hoping Against Hope Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/11/08 Refuge and Reconstruction A.T. Miller
2020/11/01 The Human Heart is the First Home of Democracy Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/10/11 Love Will Guide Us A.T. Miller
2020/10/04 Listening in Tongues Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/09/20 Holding Hands on Death Row Tony Gaenslen
2020/09/13 Stubborn Gladness, Good and Evil, and Balance in a Broken World Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/09/06 Calm and Strong A.T. Miller
2020/08/30 Identity and Core Values Jonathan Caldera
2020/08/09 Falling Back, Falling Forward A.T. Miller
2020/08/02 A Tower of Babel Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/07/26 Deep Calls to Deep Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/07/12 Who We Can Become A.T. Miller
2020/06/21 Father Time A.T. Miller
2020/06/07 Revolutionary Love Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/05/31 A Hidden Wholeness Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2020/05/10 Eternal Mother A.T. Miller
2020/05/03 Now Is The Cool of The Day Christopher Sammond
2020/04/19 Work and Play, Weeping and Laughter Rebecca Sue Shillenback
Always Rising A.T. Miller
2020/04/05 Palm Sunday - Coronavirus Rebecca Sue Shillenback
The Virtues of Dependency A.T. Miller
2020/03/02 Remember and Belong Rebecca Sue Shillenback
Filled Silence A.T. Miller
2020/02/02 Fear and Faith, Hope and Love Rebecca Sue Shillenback
Manifestations of Peace A.T. Miller
2020/01/05 Epiphany - Star of Wonder Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2019/12/22 Incarnation, Idolatry, Power and Powerlessness Rebecca Sue Shillenback
Comfort When the News is Bad A.T. Miller
God Within and All Around A.T. Miller
2019/11/10 Reasoning with the Heart Anthony Gaenslen
2019/11/03 Wonít You Be My Neighbor Rebecca Sue Shillenback
Shelter in the Storm A.T. Miller
2019/10/06 Sustainability: Planting Seeds of Renewal for the World We Love Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2019/09/22 September Shadow Tag Rebecca Sue Shillenback
At the Crossroads of Joy A.T. Miller
2019/08/04 Touching the Earth A.T. Miller
2019/07/14 Us and Them, Invasions and Self-Evident Truths Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2019/07/07 Foundations and Fountains A.T. Miller
2019/06/09 The Holy Seed Rebecca Sue Shillenback
Broken and Blessed Christopher Sammond
2019/06/02 The Blessings of Idd A.T. Miller
2019/05/12 Violence, Vulnerability, and a Motherís Love Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2019/05/05 Heart is Where the Home Is A.T. Miller
2019/04/21 The Many Christs A.T. Miller
2019/04/14 Unanimous Blood and the Poetry of Everyone Rebecca Sue Shillenback
2019/04/07 First Things First A.T. Miller
2019/03/10 Here and There, Now and Then Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2019/03/10 Human Conflict, Divine Love A.T. Miller
2019/02/13 The Blessed Healing Earth A.T. Miller
2019/01/27 Wrestling, Resilience, and Rising to the Occasion Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2019/01/13 The Spokes of the Wheel A.T. Miller
2018/12/23 The People Who Walk In Darkness Have Seen a Great Light Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2018/12/09 More Light, More Love A.T. Miller
2018/11/18 Enough: Radical Gratitude and the Economy of Grace Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2018/11/11 Expecting the Best A.T. Miller
2018/11/04 Love your neighbor as yourself Jane Simkin
2018/10/21 Taking Care of Anger Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2018/10/14 Do The Hardest First A.T. Miller
2018/10/07 Mediation Jim Burkett
2018/09/23 Praying Without Ceasing A.T. Miller
2018/09/16 A Holy Meeting Place Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2018/09/09 The Gift of Love Anne Dalton
2018/08/05 Late Summer of Life A.T. Miller
2018/07/01 Faithful to Truth, Open to Leadings A.T. Miller
2018/06/03 Keeping Close to Love and Light A.T. Miller
2018/05/06 Navigating New Paths/Transitions A.T. Miller
2018/04/08 On Seeing That of God in Each Other Christopher Sammond
2018/03/11 The Devine Image A.T. MIller
2018/02/11 Evolution Sunday A.T. Miller
2018/02/04 Walking Upon the Earth Claire Howard
2018/01/14 No Man Is an Island Dill Otis
2018/01/07 As Way Opens A.T. Miller
2017/12/03 Out of the Darkness A.T. Miller
2017/11/12 Preserving That of God A.T. Miller
2017/11/05 Love, and the call to Love Christopher Sammond
2017/09/10 Forgiveness and Forgiving A.T. Miller
2017/08/13 God Saw That It Was Good Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2017/08/06 Risking Peace A.T. Miller
2017/07/09 Fire, Freedom, and the Possibility of America Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2017/07/02 Transformation and Hope A.T. Miller
2017/06/11 The Law, the Prophets, Seasons and Stones Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2017/06/04 The Simplicity of Testimony A.T. Miller
2017/05/21 Simplicity in Life and Society Andy Simkin
2017/05/14 MotherÔŅĹs Day - As a Hen Gathers Her Brood Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2017/05/07 Infinity of Spirit A.T. Miller
2017/04/13 Easter Sunday - Then a Miracle Occurs: To Woo Loss Into Song Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2017/04/09 My Purgatory Julie Lockhart
2017/04/02 Seeking and Being Found A.T. Miller
2017/03/19 The Golden Rule and the Balance Between Light and Dark Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2017/03/12 Serenity Sermon Craig Kukuk
2017/03/05 The Long Haul A.T. Miller
2017/02/12 It is Good Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2017/02/05 Love and Truth A.T. Miller
2017/01/15 Yes, We Can and Ode to Joy Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2017/01/08 Otis Redding Howard Nelson
2017/01/01 Everything Old is New Again A.T. Miller
2016/12/18 Christmas Jim Burkett
2016/12/11 Oh Holy Night, Oh Night Divine Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/12/04 Grounding and Rising A.T. Miller
2016/11/06 The Far Horizon A.T. Miller
2016/11/04 Strangers, Stones, Water, Fire Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/10/23 This Little Clod of Earth That I Am Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/10/09 Across a Great Divide Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/10/02 Starting Points A.T. Miller
2016/09/11 The Writing on Our Hearts A.T. Miller


The Fullness of Time Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/08/14 Jesus and The God of Possibility Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/08/07 The Rock on Which We Stand A.T. Miller
2016/07/24 Chaos and Comfort A.T. Miller
2016/07/03 The Weak, The Least, The Dependent Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/06/12 Doubt and Belief, Wounds and Wonder Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/06/03 Dispelling Despair as Friends A.T. Miller
2016/05/08 All Creation Groans Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/05/01 All Possibilities, All Time, All Love A.T. Miller
2016/04/10 Praise What Comes: The Inescapable God Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/04/04 Part of the Process of God A.T. Miller
2016/03/27 Easter Sunday - Practice Resurrection Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/03/13 Lent and Positive Disintegration: Dying and Being Born Again Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/03/06 Experiencing the Divine A.T. Miller
2016/02/14 Darwin Sunday David A.V. Eckhardt
2016/02/07 Penitence and Potential A.T. Miller
2016/01/17 Now. Look Here. Melinda Grube
2016/01/11 God of Rest Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2016/01/03 Epiphany and Transformation A.T. Miller
2015/12/13 Being and Becoming Human, Awaiting Emmanuel Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/12/06 Saving Darkness, Saving Light A.T. Miller
2015/11/08 Falling Leaves, Mighty Deeds, and Boats to Carry Us Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/11/01 The Continuing Reformation A.T. Miller
2015/10/18 On the value of foolishness Freddy Simkin
2015/10/11 Telling The Truth Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/10/03 Not Sinners, Not Saints A.T. Miller
2015/09/13 Holding in the Light A.T. Miller
2015/09/06 This is the Day that the Lord Has Made Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/08/09 Call and Response A.T. Miller
2015/08/02 Stillness and Action Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/07/12 One Common Interest A.T. Miller
2015/07/05 Independence Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/06/14 The Continuous Joy of Revelation A.T. Miller
2015/06/07 Accepting the Cup Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/05/10 Bringing Justice and Peace to Birth A.T. Miller
2015/05/03 Behold this Compost Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/04/19 Sermon The Heart of Courage Melinda Grube
2015/04/12 What Is Unbreakable Rises in Us Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/04/05 Still Rising A.T. Miller
2015/03/29 'The Colt and the King', a children's message for Palm Sunday Scott Lochart
2015/03/15 Evolution Sunday Howard Nelson
2015/03/08 Journey of Lent Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/03/01 Where God is Alive ("Forebearers" by Birago Diop) A.T. Miller
2015/02//08 The Great Love Story Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/02/01 Pieces and the Whole

A.T. Miller

2015/01/18 A Village in France Anne Dalton
2015/01/11 Holy Breathing Rebecca Sue Schillenback
2015/01/04 Epiphany and Resolution A.T. Miller