Convergent Friends: A Handbook Part 2 – Starting Your Own Convergent Friends Worship Group

Three years ago we started a monthly convergent Friends worship gathering in the Camas/Portland Metro area. The goal of the meeting was to bring those Friends who desire to worship together, build relationships and create an open and flexible worship liturgy that can be adapted according to those who host it. Each month we rotateContinue reading “Convergent Friends: A Handbook Part 2 – Starting Your Own Convergent Friends Worship Group”

Convergent Friends: A Handbook – An Introduction to Convergence (Pt. 1)

In this online handbook you will find a variety of articles written by convergent Friends. This is by no means an exhaustive collection of writings but rather it is meant to function as an introduction to the concept of convergent Friends and part two of the handbook is meant to help people think about what itContinue reading “Convergent Friends: A Handbook – An Introduction to Convergence (Pt. 1)”

The Plush Silence of Heaven (Psalm 82)

This is the message I gave this past Sunday based on Psalm 82. God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the rightContinue reading “The Plush Silence of Heaven (Psalm 82)”

Building a Participatory Pedagogy

Given my love for teaching, and my forced time off this winter semester, a time I would typically be teaching, and the various teaching opportunities I have with Camas Friends, I have been reflecting a lot on what it means for me to be an educator. I want to share some of the key building blocks I amContinue reading “Building a Participatory Pedagogy”

A “Convergent Model” Book is Coming

One of the editors from Pickwick Publications sent me the uncorrected proofs of my soon-to-be published book, “A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in  a Participatory Culture.” It is amazing how much work goes into making this happen, from the research, writing and countless hours editing, I will be glad to seeContinue reading “A “Convergent Model” Book is Coming”

Portraits of Failure, Communion of Love

Portraits of Failure A man named Asaph is believed to be the author of the Psalm. It is about his wrestling with his own failure and the near miss of being sucked into the illusion of measuring life in relation to successes and failures. “No doubt about it! God is good— good to good people,Continue reading “Portraits of Failure, Communion of Love”