Elizabeth Gurney Fry’s Checklist

I’m am interested in checklists, setting annual goals for myself, and working on specific habits I want to create or break. For example, I am currently working on a 2020 goal of “building a consistent habit of exercising.” So far I have been successful at this goal, going to the gym 4-5 times a weekContinue reading “Elizabeth Gurney Fry’s Checklist”

On Traveling in the Ministry

This is a post I’ve been wanting to write about my traveling in the ministry with Lloyd Lee Wilson, a member of Friendship Friends Meeting and North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) this past June. It is about my first experience of traveling in ministry and what I learned in the process. Lloyd Lee and IContinue reading “On Traveling in the Ministry”

A New Kind of Nursery of Truth – Part 3

This is the third of a three-part series on whether or not Quakers can be “Publishers of Truth” today. In this series I want to talk about how I think early Quakers understood what it meant to be “publishers of truth” in earlier years (Part 1), just a couple challenges we face when it comesContinue reading “A New Kind of Nursery of Truth – Part 3”

Outline for a Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Service

 Immanuel, God With Us. I enjoy putting together meditative worship services. A couple years back I posted this resource for using with a Christmas eve Candlelight Service. I have been working to make an updated one and since it’s just about complete I wanted to post it here for those of you who might beContinue reading “Outline for a Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Service”

Participatory Church and the Trials of Falling Asleep (Luke 22:39-46)

“He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if youContinue reading “Participatory Church and the Trials of Falling Asleep (Luke 22:39-46)”

Meeting is a Muscle: Teaching Worship To Children / Chad Stephenson

This is a guest post written by Chad Stephenson a Quaker from San Francisco. It is a response to the Friends Journal article “Bringing Children to Worship” and my follow-up article found here. This article comes largely from Chad’s work with children as a librarian as the San Francisco Friends School. He’s a good friendContinue reading “Meeting is a Muscle: Teaching Worship To Children / Chad Stephenson”

Describing “Silent” Worship to Children

Awhile back I did a Godly Play story during our meeting for worship. We invited the children to say with the adults and participate in our listening to the story. After the story we had our normal 15 minutes of silent, or waiting, worship. This is a description I wrote up and used that Sunday.Continue reading “Describing “Silent” Worship to Children”

Thoughts on Bringing Children To Worship

As parents bringing children and teens to a time of worship can be a struggle. We place a lot of expectations on our kids and often hope they won’t “misbehave” during church. Plus, it is easy to succumb to their rowdiness, distraction and desire for entertainment. The last thing on earth most parents seem toContinue reading “Thoughts on Bringing Children To Worship”

Curators and Caretakers and the Practice of Giving (Gen 1. 28)

* “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule…all the living things that creep on earth.” _Curators and Caretakers The church often uses the word “stewardship” to generalize things that have to do with resources that we share in common. We have stewards who take care of our budget, our buildingContinue reading “Curators and Caretakers and the Practice of Giving (Gen 1. 28)”