New eBook “Remixing Faith” Now Available

My new eBook “Remixing Faith: Seeds of Renewal” is now available for (free) download as an eBook or a .PDF. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to refine and summarize some of my thinking as it pertains to the concept of convergent Friends, remix, and renewing faith traditions and share it with Friends inContinue reading “New eBook “Remixing Faith” Now Available”

As The Seed Falls: Building a Generative, Convergent Quakerism

This is the opening excerpt from a longer post on my Medium Blog about convergent Friends and the Renewal of the Quaker tradition. A Seed Falls Jesus, in speaking about his looming death, talks to his disciples in a metaphor that I want to draw on as we explore the topic of change and renewal togetherContinue reading “As The Seed Falls: Building a Generative, Convergent Quakerism”

Convergent Model of Renewal: A Sketchnote Companion and Discussion Guide (Complete)

Last night we finished up a six-week discussion at Camas Friends Church on my book. You can purchase “A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture” through my publisher Wipf and Stock or on Amazon (it’s more expensive there): “A Convergent Model of Renewal.” I want to share the complete “SketchnoteContinue reading “Convergent Model of Renewal: A Sketchnote Companion and Discussion Guide (Complete)”

Convergent Model of Renewal: Discussion Guide and Sketchnotes (Chp. 2)

We are doing a discussion at Camas Friends Church on my book, “A Convergent Model of Renewal.” I am posting the sketchnotes and  discussion questions here each week for anyone who would like to download them and use them. Feel free to share and dispense however that makes sense as usual things are shared here underContinue reading “Convergent Model of Renewal: Discussion Guide and Sketchnotes (Chp. 2)”

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)”

Write the Vision: Quakers, Zines and Participatory Culture

This is a synchroblog written for Quaker Voluntary Service, of which I am a board member. The theme is “Quakers and new media.” (Twitter Link #qvssynchroblog) “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and doesContinue reading “Write the Vision: Quakers, Zines and Participatory Culture”

Getting Found in Translation: Reflecting on Issues of Theological Translation

Whenever Quakers from various streams get together, similarities and differences quickly arise. This is the current state of our tradition; it’s not something we should fight against. Instead, we need to learn how to move within it by being clear about who we are while “moving towards sympathy,” as Howard Thurman says, with another. ThisContinue reading “Getting Found in Translation: Reflecting on Issues of Theological Translation”

The Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Participatory Church

I love the word participation. It’s stem means “taking part” or to “partner.” The Quaker meeting of which I am the ‘released minister,’ Camas Friends, strives to be a participatory church. A partnering church. A church that welcomes the contributions, leadership, insights, resources, personalities and concerns of those who are in the meeting. As IContinue reading “The Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Participatory Church”