Here is a list of books I have written, contributed to or edited.
Quaker Studies: An Overview: The Current State of the Field Authors: C. Wess Daniels, Robynne Rogers Healey and Jon R. Kershner
The first is a book co-authored with two other Quaker scholars, Jon Kershner and Robynne Rogers Healey. The three of us are associate editors on a 6 year project through Brill Publishing on Quaker Studies. We are working with editors Stephen Angell and Pink Dandelion on this this series, which is going to be quite amazing with some new and emerging Quaker scholars in the mix. I’m very excited about it. This initial book is an introduction to the series. Robynne, Jon, and I each introduce a pretty comprehensive look at the work within Quaker studies up until now in each of our respective areas: history, theology, and sociology.
My chapter for the book was a lot of fun to write and I think that those interested in learning more about the history and trajectory of Quaker sociology will want to read it.
A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture. Eugene: Pickwick (2015).
The text is a slightly modified version of my doctoral dissertation from Fuller Theological Seminary (see below). Drawing on insights from philosophy, contextual theology and participatory culture (i.e. Fandom), the book deals with the revitalization of faith traditions and creates a model of renewal that seeks to hold together both tradition and innovation in ways that foster decentralized, participatory change. While using examples from the Quaker tradition it is my hope that this model can be used by people of any faith when thinking about how to reformulate their tradition in new contexts.
Other Books I have contributed to:
Convergent Friends: Renewal, Hybridity and Dialogue in 21st Century Quakerism by C. Wess Daniels and Greg Woods in The Cambridge Companion to Quakerism Edited by Stephen W. Angell & Pink Dandelion
I am very proud of this chapter and the work that Greg and I did on this. This chapter is, in my opinion, the best most clearly outlined history and contemporary description of convergent Friends. It reaches back to the 1800s and looks at some of the key threads that lead into what we now call “convergent Friends.” And it also offers three case studies on convergent Friends: Freedom Friends church in Salem, Oregon, Convergent Friends Worship Group in the Portland Metropolitan area, and Quaker Voluntary Service. I loved writing and working on this chapter and I loved working on it with Greg Woods, who is a Quaker leader, theologian, and scholar in his own right.
“The Publishers of (un)Truth And Learning How to Remix” in Befriending Truth. Edited by Jeff Dudiak.
Father Factor explores the intersection between faith and fatherhood, probing the resonance and dissonance created when men examine fatherhood in all its permutations, and how it is informed by and informs their faith. There are a wide variety of Christian faith perspectives represented in the book—Methodist, Presbyterian, Quaker, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Baptist, Church of God, United Church of Christ—and a whole host of different ethnicities—Korean, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Egyptian, Chinese, African American, and Caucasian. The contributors include ministers, professors, a real estate agent, an actor, nonprofit leaders, stay-at-home dads, and a call center representative, from locations as far apart as Honolulu, Hawaii to Paris, France, and all points in between, they each have a compelling story about faith and fatherhood. (Andy Campbell, ed. Essay. White Cloud Press (2014).)
“The Society of Friends has never had many members, But it is not the number that matters. What counts more is their inner strength and their deeds.” -Gunnar Jahn, chairman of the Nobel Committee in 1947, What is this inner strength? How does it help shape such effective leaders and organizations? This collection of essays from contemporary American Quaker leaders is a wealth of personal reflections on these questions. For study groups and newcomers to Quakerism, each section includes an introduction and queries for deeper exploration of listening, discernment, and action as led by the Spirit. Contributors include: Shan Cretin AFSC, Robin Mohr FWCC, Joe Volk FCNL. Western Friend 2013 145 PP. Paper Edited by Kathy Hyzy
Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices celebrates, critiques, questions, and reflects on the Quaker faith experience. Writing and visual art by teenage and young adult Quakers from around the world and across the theological and cultural spectrum of the Religious Society of Friends give readers a window on the spiritual riches and witness these Friends offer. The contributors in this volume challenge and inspire, as they witness to and celebrate Quakerism as it has been, as it is, and as it could yet be. The voices here come together in a symphony, cacophonous but also deeply resonant. Listen and you will hear that their Spirit – here called by many names – is undeniably rising. (Quaker Press of FGC 2010 356 PP. Paper)
The modern reputation of Friends in the United States and Europe is grounded in the relief work they have conducted in the presence and aftermath of war. Friends (also known as Quakers) have coordinated the feeding and evacuation of children from war zones around the world. They have helped displaced persons without regard to politics. They have engaged in the relief of suffering in places as far-flung as Ireland, France, Germany, Ethiopia, Egypt, China, and India. Their work was acknowledged with the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 to the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Friends Service Council of Great Britain. More often, however, Quakers live, worship, and work quietly, without seeking public attention for themselves. Now, the Friends are a truly worldwide body and are recognized by their Christ-centered message of integrity and simplicity, as well as their nonviolent stance and affirmation of the belief that all people—women as well as men—may be called to the ministry.
This book brings to print the online conversation that has been mending our historical schisms and pointing to who we are as the Religious Society of Friends. If you’re ready to have your stereotypes shattered about who the “real” Quakers are, then read what these 32 Friends from across the Quaker branches have discovered for themselves. Topics include “Worship and Ministry,” “That of God,” “Reclaiming and Re-examining our Traditions,” “Convergent Friends,” and “Openings and Personal Story.” “Liz Oppenheimer has compiled some of the best of Quaker blogs in a more traditional publishing format.” – Brent Bill (Elizabeth Oppenheimer 2009 273 PP. Paper)