How Quaker Meeting is Like Jazz

As a jazz musician, Colton Weatherston finds solace in silent Quaker meeting, where he doesn’t have to to think about music. But he also finds some similarities.

As a jazz musician, Colton Weatherston finds solace in silent Quaker meeting, where he doesn’t have to to think about music. But he also finds some similarities.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

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Painting for Worship

Quaker painter Adrian Martinez works in solitude yet craves the communal silence of Quaker worship. We talk with him about art, spirituality, and how a poor kid from D.C. wound up painting for U.S. presidents.

Quaker painter Adrian Martinez works in solitude yet craves the communal silence of Quaker worship. We talk with him about art, spirituality, and how a poor kid from D.C. wound up painting for U.S. presidents.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Weird Quaker Tweets

Out of curiosity, Mackenzie Morgan started searching Twitter to see what people were saying about Quakers.

Out of curiosity, Mackenzie Morgan started searching Twitter to see what people were saying about Quakers.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

How I Became a Quaker

Discovering George Fox’s Journal when we was just 14 years old, Kevin-Douglas Olive found a language to describe his experience and the people he belonged with.

Discovering George Fox’s Journal when we was just 14 years old, Kevin-Douglas Olive found a language to describe his experience and the people he belonged with.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

If the Church Were Christian

Where did the church go wrong? For Quaker pastor and author Philip Gulley, it’s not heeding Jesus’s central message: compassion.

Where did the church go wrong? For Quaker pastor and author Philip Gulley, it’s not heeding Jesus’s central message: compassion.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Is Quaker Worship Meditation?

Unprogrammed Quaker worship is easy to mistake for meditation—an hour of silence where everyone has their eyes closed. But how are they different? We asked 5 Friends who have experience with both traditions.

Unprogrammed Quaker worship is easy to mistake for meditation—an hour of silence where everyone has their eyes closed. But how are they different? We asked 5 Friends who have experience with both traditions.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Teaching Religion in a Friends School

Often in a Friends school classroom, “the majority of people in the room are not Quaker, and there is no expectation that they should be.” But as Tom Hoopes of George School says, the Quaker ethos is present in the conversation.

Often in a Friends school classroom, “the majority of people in the room are not Quaker, and there is no expectation that they should be.” But as Tom Hoopes of George School says, the Quaker ethos is present in the conversation.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Were Quakers Puritans?

With all the talk of “witch hunts” lately, we’ve noticed that sometimes people confuse Quakers with the Puritans. Clearly they haven’t heard the story of Mary Dyer.

With all the talk of “witch hunts” lately, we’ve noticed that sometimes people confuse Quakers with the Puritans. Clearly they haven’t heard the story of Mary Dyer.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

My Spiritual Awakening

Valerie Brown was a high powered lawyer. Then she had an experience that changed everything.

Valerie Brown was a high powered lawyer. Then she had an experience that changed everything.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Music from QuakerSpeak

I’ve been asked a lot in the past 3 years about the music that we use for QuakerSpeak episodes. Mostly when I need music for the project, I just search back through my archive and use a piece that I’ve never released. Sometimes I’ve composed an instrumental or two for the project. But I’ve never made the music publicly available on it’s own, until now.

Listen to all of the music from QuakerSpeak Season 1 & 2 below, and feel free to download the mp3’s. I’m composing music for Season 4 now, so keep an eye out for the next compilation!

It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Are You a Quaker?

You might be a Quaker and not even know it! Watch this video to find out.

You might be a Quaker and not even know it! Watch this video to find out.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Was Richard Nixon a Quaker?

One of the most famous Quakers ever is also one of the most controversial. So was Richard Nixon really a Quaker? Author and Quaker historian Larry Ingle tackles the question.

One of the most famous Quakers ever is also one of the most controversial. So was Richard Nixon really a Quaker? Author and Quaker historian Larry Ingle tackles the question.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Watch Me Talk About QuakerSpeak

So I feel a little bashful about this… but my co-workers thought it was a good idea for me to talk to the camera for a little while.

The video project I’ve dedicated my 30’s to so far is wrapping up its 3rd year and nearing a million views on YouTube. To celebrate, the Friends Journal editors turned the cameras around and asked me some questions about the project.

Thanks to everybody who follows the project and has supported me throughout the years.

It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

How to Deepen Quaker Meeting for Worship

Though many Quaker meetings happen in silence, there is a distinct feeling when a meeting really “goes there.” What can we do to encourage that experience? We talk with Friends from New England Yearly Meeting about how to deepen Quaker meeting for worship.

Though many Quaker meetings happen in silence, there is a distinct feeling when a meeting really “goes there.” What can we do to encourage that experience? We talk with Friends from New England Yearly Meeting about how to deepen Quaker meeting for worship.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

How to Have A Quaker Clearness Committee

Quakers help each other listen by holding a clearness committee.

Quakers help each other listen by holding a clearness committee.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!