Become a Patron & Spark a Verse

The Society of Friends

By ​Carey Wallace John 15:15

You are my only friend
but I am a worm and not a man
a breath left on a glass
mud and spit, a blade of grass

Read Full Text

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

Artist Curated by
Spark+Echo Arts


John 15:15

15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

​Carey Wallace

​Carey Wallace

From the Artist

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.


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.

Find out more about Carey at


Most Sparks for John
Emily Clare Zempel

Emily Clare Zempel


@sparkandechoart #SocietyofFriends
No Tweets Yet. Tweet with @sparkandechoart #SocietyofFriends and your tweet will appear here!
Facebook Conversation