On Passive and Active Silence and Liberation (Exodus 3)

This is a message I shared last week at First Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC. Is Anyone Listening? Today I wanted to talk with you about the tension between silence and liberation, and how we might envision a Quaker community where this tension gets resolved. When you think about all of the terrible things that […]

Empire & The Multitude (Rev 7)

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 […]

Advent, John the Baptist and Preparing for a Break

“John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones […]

Love In the Face of Great Odds

This is a message I brought to Guilford College’s Quaker Leadership Scholars Program  meeting for worship Friday, October 2, 215. A reflection on Luke 6:27-32. This evening I wanted to talk briefly with you about love. I realize picking this topic puts me in danger on falling into making truisms like “Love is a Verb,” “love […]

Origin Stories and Midwives of the Spirit (John 3)

This is my last prepared message given to Camas Friends Church (June 21, 2015). “Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5–6 NRSV) […]