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Novelist and poet Carey Wallace, explores the idea of friendship with God in response to John 15:15.

John 15:15

The Society of Friends


Carey Wallace


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Spark+Echo Arts



Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.

John 15:15

John 15:15 is the foundational verse of the Society of Friends, better known as the "Quakers", whose social justice and fiery mysticism were rooted in the idea that Jesus didn't consider his followers servants, but friends. I was raised Quaker, and the early training I received to listen for the "still small voice of God" laid the foundation of my creative life, which I also see as a practice of radical listening and obedience.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Carey Wallace is the author of The Blind Contessa’s New Machine. She was raised in small towns in Michigan. Carey is the founder of the Working Artists Initiative for the International Arts Movement, which helps emerging artists establish strong creative habits; and The Hillbilly Underground, an annual arts retreat which draws nationally-recognized filmmakers, writers, fine artists, and musicians to rural Michigan each summer. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

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