March Ping Homily Selection

I just learned that I was selected to be the winner of the March Ping Homily Book Prize with what I wrote on courage from a non-violent Christian position. Shawn at LoFi Tribe is hosting these as a part of the 9rules religion group idea that was started a few months back. I really like what the idea of creating a topic and having people write about it over the course of the month and so I am not only excited to have been selected but am looking forward to seeing this project grow. To stay up on new Ping Homily please visit Shawn’s Ping Homily page. Thanks Shawn for putting this together.

Robert Gonzalez on Barclay Press

I've been following Robert Gonzalez's blog for awhile now, I think I came across him originally through the good ol' QuakerQuaker . He is a Quaker who lives in San Gabriel, and I really enjoy and appreciate his voice and ideas.  For the next two weeks he will be sharing his life as a partContinue reading “Robert Gonzalez on Barclay Press”

Rain in Los Angeles (What More of a Headline Do You Need?)

So when it rains here I am not so surprised by this moist substance falling from the sky, though I am pretty sure that’s what would happen if it snowed here for many; no, there isn’t any surprise by the rain – but there is by the people…. I was walking my time card over the SIS office today when I realized that basically Fuller’s entire campus is outside – there is so little protection from the rain that it pretty much flows everywhere there’s an opening.

Immigration Events: A Day Without A Mexican

Dr. Juan Martinez from Fuller Theological Seminary, and head of the hispanic studies program, told a couple of us the other day that the Latino faith community in LA is planning a day of prayer and fasting this Sunday April 2. There is supposed to be another school walk out today from High Schoolers, whichContinue reading “Immigration Events: A Day Without A Mexican”

A Simple and Silent Worship Service

I was in charge of planning for the evening so I pieced together a worship/prayer/contemplative time that included bits and pieces of prayers from a Celtic prayer book I have, the Book of Common Prayer, Quaker queries and silence, and scripture reading….  Group Prayers: in the silence of our hearts or in the spoken words let us give thanks for the gift of this dayand pray for the life of the world5.

The New Worlds We Stand Before

There is good news I can’t help but share, yesterday I opened my email to read,Wess,I’ve been given the go-ahead to officially welcome you into the PhD program…I’ve been assigned as your mentor, so I’m thrilled to be working with you for the next few years…I couldn’t be more pleased to have you in the program — I know you will make a strong contribution.RyanSo it all begins again, a new adventure, a new world of ideas, possibilities, and struggle lay before us. I can taste the fresh air of excitement, but I can also feel the hollowness of fear….  But hey, I didn’t know anything about what it would take to come to the point where an email in my inbox reads “Congratulations…???Everyone has their own journey, and story about how they got where they are and the struggles they overcame to get there.

A Nose Dive – Site Down

While working on editing my new theme supported by Eric Taylor’s K2 Reloaded I decided to clear out some of my old plugins I never use, unfortunately you cannot delete active wordpress plugins, you must deactivate them first or else your site will die….  There was no way to go into a safe mode with wordpress so in order to fix the problem I had to go through phpMyAdmin which is built into Siteground’s cpanel.

Tom Fox Found Dead

We hope that in loving both friends and enemies and by intervening nonviolently to aid those who are systematically oppressed, we can contribute in some small way to transforming this volatile situation.“Here is their statement of conviction.As a peacemaking team we need to cross boundaries, help soldiers and other armed actors be humane, and invite them to refuse unjust orders.  We need to help preserve what is human in all of us and so offer glimpses of hope in a dark time.Here is a statement by Tom Fox on ???Why Are We Here?“If I understand the message of God, his response to that question is that weare to take part in the creation of the Peaceable Realm of God.

Kicking it Quaker Style

The main reason we went up was because Robin invited us, but it was really great to hear what Peggy Parsons and Marge Post Abbott had to say about their experiences in the Friends Church…. I have a few new ideas that have sprung from our time there that will later be explored but for now what I can say is that it is great to meet new people and be challenged by new/different ideas.