Ephesians 4:1-6 (Debbie Humphries)



“The sum and substance of true religion doth not stand in getting a notion of Christ’s righteousness, but in feeling the power of endless life, receiving the power, and being changed by the power.  And where Christ is, there is his righteousness.”  -Isaac Penington

Ephesians 4:1-6 (NRSV): Unity in the Body of Christ

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.


What is your experience of the unity which the Spirit gives?

Have you felt the power of endless life that Isaac Penington talks of?  How have you been changed by that power?

About Our Speaker: Debbie Humphries grew up Mormon and came to Quakerism in the early 1990s.  Since then she has been a member of Ithaca (NY) Monthly Meeting, Charleston (WV) Monthly Meeting; and currently Hartford (CT) Monthly Meeting. She has been traveling in the ministry with a minute from her meeting since 2004.  Debbie recently completed three years as clerk of the Ministry and Counsel Committee of New England Yearly Meeting. Debbie teaches at the Yale School of Public Health and conducts research on public health nutrition and community health.