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Philip Gulley

Phil Gulley is a pastor at Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby, Indiana, near Indianapolis. He lives in the nearby town of Danville with his wife Joan and their two dogs, Ruby and Jack. They have two sons, and one granddaughter, Madeline, who rules the roost.

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New Book Release

A LESSON IN HOPE will be available September 1st! Sam Gardner has been pastor of Hope Friends Meeting for just four months when a member passes away, leaving her entire estate to the meeting. It's not long before this unexpected windfall creates a storm of conflict.

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Living the Quaker Way

Philip Gulley's latest book of non-fiction invites us to explore the long held priorities of Quakerism - simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality.

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Engaging Presentations

Several times a month, Philip ventures from his Indiana home to tell stories, lead workshops, and discuss spirituality. Keep an eye on Phil’s schedule to see if he’s headed your way. If he isn’t, we invite you to extend an invitation to visit your church, college, or community.

Life Lessons

We have more entertainment than ever before, and more depression. Our opportunities seem infinite, but we feel weighed down with burdens. We have thousands of years of spiritual traditions to help guide and energize our lives, but too often feel spiritually listless. We all need help for our journey. May our GraceTalk messages bring you hope, insight, and deep joy.

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Welcome to GraceTalks

Several years ago, I was speaking at a pastor’s conference and asked those present if their understanding of God had changed since their childhood. Everyone raised a hand, except for one man, who said, “I was taught about God at an early age and I still believe everything I was taught. I’ve not changed my mind about anything.”

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The man appeared to be in his early 50’s, and though I was shocked anyone could serve as a pastor, writing and speaking about God each week, without having any fresh insights, I refrained from saying so.

Later that day, a woman present approached me and said, “It’s true. I’ve known him all my life and he’s the most boring, unimaginative preacher I’ve ever heard.”

Oddly, the man seemed proud his mind had never changed, as if his resistance to fresh thought pleased God. I have met others like him, whose faith is forever still, never stirred by a ripple of doubt or curiosity. If that is true of you, you will likely find this website troubling. But if you are a seeker, if you are committed to your spiritual growth and evolution, then I hope these weekly messages resonate with you. If you read my books, whether privately or in a small group, I hope they expand your mind, life, and spirit. For I believe God is honored not by the tired repetition of yesterday’s dogma, but by our efforts to be a new creation in a changed world. With that hope, I invite you to this site.

Our Latest GraceTalk Messages

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    Listening to Life (3)

    As long as a child is cute, as long as a woman is physically attractive, we happily include them in our lives.  But let that first wrinkle, that first silver hair, that first infirmity appear, and her cultural value and importance plummet. 

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    Listening to Life (2)

    People in other countries wonder why there are so many gun deaths in America.  It’s because of our culture.  There are 88.8 guns for every 100 residents in America.  That’s the most of any country in the world.  Tunisia has the fewest guns, with 1 …

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