Exploring a Rhythm of Life, Creativity, and Leadership from the Quaker Tradition with Rhett Smith

Rhett Smith Podcast 6: Exploring a Rhythm of Life, Creativity, and Leadership from the Quaker Tradition — with Theologian, Professor and Writer, Wess Daniels.

Rhett and I became friends at Fuller Seminary when I was working on my Masters in Theology and he was working on his Masters in Family Therapy. He and I have remained connected even though he now lives in TX. I’ve always appreciated his insights and he has helped me countless times on pastoral care issues and other questions I’ve had around leadership. So you can imagine my delight to have him invite me to be interviewed for his podcast.

In this podcast we discuss a lot of different things such as:

  • leadership in the Quaker tradition (flattened leadership)
  • what participatory culture looks like
  • developing weekly rhythms of self-care
  • harnessing creativity in our work (i.e. sketchnotes)

Rhett Smith Podcast 6: Exploring a Rhythm of Life, Creativity, and Leadership from the Quaker Tradition

Our Big News About Guilford College

This was recently posted to Guilford College’s website:

C. Wess Daniels has been named the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies, succeeding Max Carter, who will retire this summer after 25 years at Guilford.

Wess has been a full-time Quaker minister, educator, researcher and public theologian, and has been working toward cultivating renewal among all branches of the Religious Society of Friends. For the past 5½ years, he has served as Quaker pastor at Camas (Wash.) Friends church, a programmed meeting in the Northwest Yearly Meeting.

As a doctoral student at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, his area of research was renewal of the Quaker tradition within contemporary context. He created a model of renewal for use by Quakers and all faith traditions and, in July 2014, received his Ph.D. from Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies.

“With his skills and experience and a commitment to Quaker renewal and participatory culture, it is my strong belief that Wess is the right person at the right time to fill the leadership role as our William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies,” said President Jane K. Fernandes. “I am very pleased that we have reached a successful conclusion to the search for this essential position helping to assure that the Quaker ethos remains a vital force on campus.”

Read more here.

It is with great excitement and a deep sense of humility and call that I have accepted this position. Emily, the kids and I are also very very sad to be leaving Camas Friends Church, a community we deeply love and have poured our hearts out for over these past 6 years. They will also be embedded within our spiritual DNAs, our memories, and life narratives. Without Camas Friends, I would not be who I am today. They have been good teachers, co-laborers and dear Friends.

I found the Friends Center and Guilford College to be world-class. I’m convinced that the work they are doing there is not only important but is at its core renewal work. I believe that the students and staff there will continue to have an impact in and beyond the Quaker world and I am so excited to have an opportunity to work alongside people there. I look forward to the many challenges and learning opportunities there and hope that I can make a meaningful contribution to the life of the community there.

The outpouring of love and support on Facebook has been overwhelming and not anything like what I would have expected. Now my attention turns to leaving Camas Friends as well as I can and helping them and my own family transition. Prayers for grace, patience, and God’s guidance for all.

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.