Composting Quakerism: A Podcast Of Quaker Ministers from the NW

Last fall a few of us (younger) Quaker ministers from the Northwest Yearly Meeting got together to start work on a podcast. After a little deliberation we decided to call it Composting Quakerism (Facebook page), bringing together two of my very favorite things. Compost is rife with theological allusion, and packed full of living organismsContinue reading “Composting Quakerism: A Podcast Of Quaker Ministers from the NW”

How To Start A Compost Bin In The City (With Little Money)

Today thousands of bloggers are writing posts on their sites trying to raise awareness on environmental issues. More and more people everyday are growing in their concern for our daily impact on the environment. I’ve written a lot about this, and will continue to do so, not because I am some specialist or know muchContinue reading “How To Start A Compost Bin In The City (With Little Money)”

A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture (2015)

By C. Wess Daniels published by Pickwick Publications Now Available at Pickwick Publications & Amazon.com in print and as an ebook. This book is for those interested in renewing their faith tradition in ways that are contextually appropriate and driven by practices from participatory culture rather than institutional-focused, top-down or based on deficit change models. Download a free excerpt fromContinue reading “A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture (2015)”

Fall and Winter in the Life of the Spirit

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” – Jesus (John 10:10 NRSV) I love Fall. It is a beautiful transition time from summer to winter. From a time of abundance to a time of rest, where we have now gathered ourContinue reading “Fall and Winter in the Life of the Spirit”

John Woolman is Dead

Opening Prayer (from the bulletin?) “John Woolman is dead.” These words may at first appear to be simply an obvious  statement, uninteresting and useless. For some, it may be meaningless.Who is John Woolman, anyways? For others, to say that the 17th century Quaker abolitionist is dead understates the obvious in a similar way to someoneContinue reading “John Woolman is Dead”

Life is a Miracle: Making Peace with All Things (Col. 1:15-23)

This is my sermon from this past Sunday on making peace with the earth. First A Confession: This is not a topic I have not always cared about. I am no scientist. I am a total hack when it comes to gardening at this point. I still have quite a big carbon footprint and I’mContinue reading “Life is a Miracle: Making Peace with All Things (Col. 1:15-23)”

One Take On the Importance of the Quaker Practice of “Open Worship”

Adrian Halverstadt, a Quaker pastor, asks this question on the QuakerQuaker forum boards: I have been thinking a lot about open worship these days. Many of the larger evangelical Friends churches no longer practice open worship in their big venues for many reasons. I guess I am searching for a contemporary definition of open worshipContinue reading “One Take On the Importance of the Quaker Practice of “Open Worship””