Following the Convergent Retreat This Weekend

I’ve mentioned a few times that a bunch of us are getting together this weekend in Northern California for a convergent Friends retreat at Ben Lommond Quaker Center. For those of you who won’t be able to join us, we want to be able to make at least some of the retreat available to you through the wonderful extenstion of the physical into the virtual that Web 2.0 allows for. We don’t have a whole tech-team assembled and designated to making every moment available to the rest of the world, though I have no doubt there will be techies present at the retreat. We don’t want it to get in the way of everyone feeling free to share or have it become a point of distraction. So, we’ll be doing this all on an ad hoc manner and will see what happens and how much stuff we have to share with you. Martin Kelley, one of the co-facilitators, has outlined on his blog in detail the ways in which you can participate in the weekend.

The easiest thing to do will be to watch the QuakerQuaker.org event coverage page: 2009 Reclaiming the Power of Primitive Quakerism for the 21st Century. There you will find blog posts, a discussion board, links to conversations and announcements via the Twitter tag #convergentfriends, as well as photos, youtube videos, etc.This will be the one-stop shop for all things “Reclaiming2009.”

If you can’t come and would like to add input, questions, or just listen in, feel free to jump onto this event page and add yourself to the group. If you are planning on being at the event I would encourage you to signup to QQ, if you haven’t, and join the event page so we can get as many participants active there as possible.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you who are coming and expect the Lord will meet us there!

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...is the William R. Roger Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

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