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MIDWEEK November 17: Derek Lamson | Praying the Occupation Without and the Monsters Within

Nov 18 (Thu), 12:30 AM - 1:30 AM Coordinated Universal Time


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In this MIDWEEK we venture into the unusual — the story of the Gerasene Demoniac found in Mark 5:1-20. This story is the most embellished episode of an exorcism found in the book of Mark, is filled with military imagery (the demon calls itself "legion" a Roman military term), and is not a commonly discussed text in Quaker circles.

Derek Lamson will guide us through the story that has been meaningful in his own spiritual life, and is the foundation of his new graphic novel project: Mark V: The Opera, which will be published by Barclay Press in about a year.

“I look forward to meeting you all and doing some digging into the story of the Gadarene Demoniac as a fable for our times and ourselves. You might want to re-read this before we meet, and maybe we'll even let our own demons out for a short trot ...”

Derek is a Christ-centered, progressive, Oregonian Quaker. He says he's a guitar player and scribbler with a side-hustle as a school teacher ... and in a good light he really is that handsome! You can connect with Derek at

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