Ever More Precise Let’s begin with a poem called Claritas by Denise Levertov: The All-Day bird, the artist, whitethroated sparrow, striving in hope and good faith to make his notes ever more precise, closer to what he knows.
This is the message I shared at Camas Friends on Revelation 5. [Painting by Francisco de Zurbarán — “Agnus Dei”] Fear, Desire for control and Violence are some of the main qualities that tend to show themselves when our lives feel like they are spinning out of control. When we first learned about our daughter’s … Continue reading The Lamb that Was Slain (Revelation 5)
The Lampstands in the Darkness This past week the American consciousness has been tilted towards the East Coast. Every news source, every line posted to social media, and many of the prayers offered up have been on behalf of those who were injured, killed and/or traumatized on Monday in the Boston marathon bombing. You may … Continue reading Darkness, Lampstands and Light (Revelation 2-3)
Bafflement During the retreat I was on last weekend with other young leaders led by Parker Palmer and Marcy Jackson, Parker mentioned that he never writes books about things he knows, he only writes on things that baffle him. You know the difference? You never google the stuff you are sure of, it’s only the … Continue reading Revelation 1: From Bafflement to Wonder
I’ve been reading James K. Smith’s book, and am loving it! I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in questions of postmodernity and the church; it is now on my convergent Friends required list. Anyways here’s a quote that really got to me: If Christian theology should proceed from the primacy of God’s revelation … Continue reading Revelation and Tradition
Last night about 35 people from around the Greensboro area gathered at First Friends Meeting to begin a conversation around how we can read and re-read the Bible in ways that not only pays attention to our own privileges and biases we take to the text but the lenses and experiences that the text brings to … Continue reading Poverty, Empire and The Bible: Reading the Bible Off-Center (an online study)
Here is the message I shared at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC on July 31, 2016. Cross posted from my medium blog. The Rally Thank you for inviting me here this morning [my name is Wess Daniels and I’m a Quaker minister and teacher at Guilford College] and I am glad to see … Continue reading Empire & The Multitude (Rev 7)