The Parable of the Grain of Wheat: On Being Publishers of Truth Today

A number of folks have asked me to post this, so here is the message I gave tonight at the FUM Triennial gathering @ Friends University Wichita, KA. “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. ButContinue reading “The Parable of the Grain of Wheat: On Being Publishers of Truth Today”

Truth And The Golden Age

Awhile back I was studying at a well-stocked Quaker library, doing some writing for my dissertation. As I looked through the shelves I began to notice something, the overwhelming majority of the books I could find were books about the history of Quakerism, biographies of Quakers long past, journals, and pamphlets of Quaker ancestors, genealogies, andContinue reading “Truth And The Golden Age”

Quakerism 101: A Very Basic Introduction with Suggested Readings

Here is a short reading list with some basic background to the Quaker tradition in hopes of helping those who are getting started out and/or want to know more about the history, beliefs, and practice of the Religious Society of Friends. I hope that this list can be of use as people seek understanding andContinue reading “Quakerism 101: A Very Basic Introduction with Suggested Readings”

Blocking and Quakerism as a “No” Tradition

The Quaker movement began like other Radical Reformation traditions, rejecting the basic Christian creeds. This wasn’t because they weren’t Christian, but because they believed that creeds created a consumptive rather than participative faith. Quakers believe that creedal Christianity led to folks to professing rather than possessing authentic Christian faith. They saw this playing out inContinue reading “Blocking and Quakerism as a “No” Tradition”

Sketchnote: What Makes for a Good Remix?

What makes for a good remix? What makes for a bad one? When is a remix not a remix but a cover or a something more “original?” These are questions that come up a lot when I present on themes related to the Convergent Model of Renewal. When I think about how traditions can beContinue reading “Sketchnote: What Makes for a Good Remix?”

Our Big News About Guilford College

This was recently posted to Guilford College’s website: C. Wess Daniels has been named the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies, succeeding Max Carter, who will retire this summer after 25 years at Guilford. Wess has been a full-time Quaker minister, educator, researcher and public theologian, and has been working towardContinue reading “Our Big News About Guilford College”