Meeting for Readings and How to Do Them

Mikel Birkel’s book “Engaging Scripture” Reading the Bible with Early Friends,” is a fantastic book that is helpful not just for Quakers but for anyone looking for different ways of reading Scripture (inwardly, meditatively, together, lectio, for transformation, etc.). It’s a book we’ve used in a variety of settings at Camas Friends Church and people really love it.

One of the things we’ve done Sunday morning a few times is what Birkel calls a “meeting for reading.” A meeting for reading isn’t exactly like the silent reading parties that go on up in Seattle and other cities, but it’s a great idea. Continue reading Meeting for Readings and How to Do Them

Upcoming Agenda for Greensboro Visit

Guilford College is flying me out to Greensboro, NC next week (March 27-April 1) to be their “Judith Weller Harvey Scholar” and to do some speaking around the area. I’m looking forward to visiting with f/Friends, having a little time away with my wife, Emily, who is joining me, and meeting new folks. I will have copies of my book with me and am looking forward to talking about it with anyone who will listen!

If you’re in the area, I’d love to have you come out and join us at one of the events. Here’s a sketch of the agenda in case you are interested:

Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm – Living Room Stories: The Twilight Zone at Greg and Jenn’s home.

Sunday, March 29 at 11am – Preaching at First Friends Meeting in Greensboro (2100 W Friendly Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403).

Monday, March 30 at 7pm – Judith Weller Harvey Scholar Lecture at New Garden Friends Meeting – Facebook Event Link (801 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410)

Tuesday Morning, March 31 – 9am North Carolina Yearly Meeting Ministers Association discussion at New Garden Friends Meeting (801 New Garden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410)

If you’re around, I hope you can come participate in one of these events.

A Convergent Model of Renewal is Ready for Order

A Convergent Model of Renewal by C. Wess Daniels

My first book to be published is printed and ready for order. You can order it directly from the publisher and received a 20% discount off the retail price.

The book will be available as an e-book and through local bookstores, Amazon and other services in the next 3-6 weeks.

Thank you for ordering! If you read the book and post about it use #convergentmodel on instagram, twitter or facebook so we can track the conversation.

Click here to go to the publisher page.

The Contours of Convers(at)ions

Yesterday I began to sketch out some thoughts on how my approach to teaching the Bible has shifted towards a participatory understanding of learning and community. (This is no small part is influenced by the research of my dissertation and is reflected in much greater detail there and in my forthcoming book.)

Today I want to say something about why this play on words, convers(at)ions, which I take to reflect the interplay between conversation and conversion.

It is my belief that we are shaped by many micro-conversions throughout life. I’ve written about three of my own in the past (a, b & c). There may be one central moment where we “wake up” from a like Lazarus, but as I look back through my life I see many points at which my life took on, sometimes, radically new information and incorporated it into my existing framework or even shifted that framework in a new direction. Continue reading The Contours of Convers(at)ions

Convers(at)ions With Scripture

There has been an evolution of thought for me when it comes to understanding how to read, interpret and teach Scripture within community. That evolution has taken place over the course the last 18 years or so (I’ve been leading bible studies since I was in High School myself). It began with the basic thought a biblical teacher’s role was to teach the text. This meant raising key ideas and helping people to get the right answer about how to understand what God is saying in this verse or passage.

But over time, my approach has shifted away from this teacher-based model to one that is more participatory and dialogue oriented. There are a few factors that have helped me make the move.

Continue reading Convers(at)ions With Scripture