It is the one year anniversary of my instrumental album! In celebration, here is a video that I forgot to post!
I shot this while at Fallsington Friends Meeting, whose members were incredibly kind to host my studio while I prepared to record “Clothe Yourself in Righteousness”. Many thanks to them for opening up their beautiful space.
The Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice was approved on 24 April 2012 at the Sixth World Conference Friends, held at Kabarak University near Nakuru, Kenya. It is the culmination of the FWCC World Consultation on Global Change which was held in 2010 and 2011. It is being circulated with the Conference Epistle.
In past times God’s Creation restored itself. Now humanity dominates, our growing population consuming more resources than nature can replace. We must change, we must become careful stewards of all life. Earthcare unites traditional Quaker testimonies: peace, equality, simplicity, love, integrity, and justice. Jesus said, “As you have done unto the least… you have done unto me”. We are called to work for the peaceable Kingdom of God on the whole earth, in right sharing with all peoples. However few our numbers, we are called to be the salt that flavours and preserves, to be a light in the darkness of greed and destruction.
We have heard of the disappearing snows of Kilimanjaro and glaciers of Bolivia, from which come life-giving waters. We have heard appeals from peoples of the Arctic, Asia and Pacific. We have heard of forests cut down, seasons disrupted, wildlife dying, of land hunger in Africa, of new diseases, droughts, floods, fires, famine and desperate migrations — this climatic chaos is now worsening. There are wars and rumors of war, job loss, inequality and violence. We fear our neighbors. We waste our children’s heritage All of these are driven by our dominant economic systems — by greed not need, by worship of the market, by Mammon and Caesar. Is this how Jesus showed us to live?
: We are called to see what love can do: to love our neighbor as ourselves, to aid the widow and orphan, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, to appeal to consciences and bind the wounds.
: We are called to teach our children right relationship, to live in harmony with each other and all living beings in the earth, waters and sky of our Creator, who asks, “Where were your when I laid the foundations of the world?” (Job 38:4)
: We are called to do justice to all and walk humbly with our God, to cooperate lovingly with all who share our hopes for the future of the earth.
: We are called to be patterns and examples in a 21st century campaign for peace and ecojustice, as difficult and decisive as the 18th and 19th century drive to abolish slavery.
We dedicate ourselves to let the living waters flow through us — where we live, regionally, and in wider world fellowship. We dedicate ourselves to building the peace that passeth all understanding, to the repair of the world, opening our lives to the Light to guide us in each small step.
Bwana asifiwe. A pu Dios Awqui. Gracias Jesús. Jubilé. Salaam aleikum. Migwetch. Tikkun olam. Alleluia!
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been singing this song about George Fox, a man who is widely regarded as the founder of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
When I became a singer-songwriter and started sharing some of my music with Quakers, I started getting a lot of requests for it. Though I was never a “singalong” musician (I have my own song that I wrote about Fox), I loosened up and learned the chords. If you’re looking to learn how to play the George Fox Song, I’ll post the chords and lyrics just below this video.
There’s a Light that is shining in the Heart of a man It’s the Light that was shining when the world began There’s a Light that is shining in the Turk and the Jew There’s a Light that is shining, friend, in me and in you.
*chorus* Walk in the Light, wherever you may be Walk in the Light, wherever you may be With my old leather britches and my shaggy, shaggy locks I am walking in the glory of the Light, said Fox
With a book and a steeple and a bell and a key Well they’ll bind you forever, but they can’t, said he For the book, it will perish and the steeple will fall And the Light will be shining at the end of it all.
If we give you a pistol, will you fight for the Lord? But you can’t kill the devil with a gun or a sword. Will you swear on the Bible? “I will not!” said he, “For the Truth is more holy than the book to me.”
There’s an ocean of darkness and I drown in the night Til I come through the darkness to the ocean of Light and the Light is forever, and the Light it is free And I walk in the glory of the Light, said he.
A few months ago Martin Kelley invited me into the Friends Journal offices to talk about Quakerism and the arts, though as usual the Spirit called the conversation to the most direct and crucial elements of our faith journey.
This is my most ambitious song. I don’t say that lightly… my last full length contained some pretty epic stuff (see: this). But this one has more tongue twisters than that lady on the seashore. And the music cuts out. Twice. And the whole song shifts halfway through. Not to mention the cello work by Jake Thro
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is doing a week of action to bring the national conversation around to our bloated military budget. No self-described peace loving nation would ever (in its right mind) spend this much on war!
For my second instrumental song, I decided to attach a camera to my bike’s handlebars and ride around on all different sorts of terrain (even a baseball diamond!). This full project should be coming out after Thanksgiving.