What to Expect in Quaker Meeting for Worship

What can you expect in a Quaker Worship Service? This is a guide for newcomers on the basics: what to expect in Quaker Meeting for Worship.

What can you expect in a Quaker Worship Service? This is a guide for newcomers on the basics: what to expect in Quaker Meeting for Worship.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir

Also known as All God’s CREATURES Got a Place in the Choir. Peter and Annie Blood-Patterson, creators of the Rise Up Singing Songbook, sing the classic children’s song, All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir.

Also known as All God’s CREATURES Got a Place in the Choir. Peter and Annie Blood-Patterson, creators of the Rise Up Singing Songbook, sing the classic children’s song, All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

Why I Stopped Paying Taxes

Quaker War Tax Resistance: In 1994, Joseph Olejak stopped paying taxes. Find out why, and what his Quaker Meeting did when it landed him in jail.

Quaker War Tax Resistance: In 1994, Joseph Olejak stopped paying taxes. Find out why, and what his Quaker Meeting did when it landed him in jail.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

Quakers and Sex: A Call to Embrace Sexual Diversity

What does the Quaker religion believe about sex? Su Penn offers one possible answer: “Quakers are uniquely qualified to transform how we deal with sex and sexuality in our culture and make it healthy and wholesome.”

What does the Quaker religion believe about sex? Su Penn offers one possible answer: “Quakers are uniquely qualified to transform how we deal with sex and sexuality in our culture and make it healthy and wholesome.”

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

Why I Don’t Wear a Tie in Court

Scott Holmes, a Quaker lawyer from Durham, North Carolina, felt led to stop wearing a tie in the courtroom. This is his story of exploring that leading and its implications.

Scott Holmes, a Quaker lawyer from Durham, North Carolina, felt led to stop wearing a tie in the courtroom. This is his story of exploring that leading and its implications.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

Advice for White Men

Niyonu Spann, founder of Beyond Diversity 101, talks about her idea of heaven and how she invites everyone (including white men) to fully bring it.

Niyonu Spann, founder of Beyond Diversity 101, talks about her idea of heaven and how she invites everyone (including white men) to fully bring it.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

What is a Quaker?

What is a Quaker? Watch this quick 5 minute video and hear from 6 actual members of the Quaker religion.

What is a Quaker? Watch this quick 5 minute video and hear from 6 actual members of the Quaker religion.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

Are Quakers Amish?

This week’s Quaker video: “You’re a Quaker? You mean, like, Amish?” It’s something all Quakers have heard. Max Carter, professor of Quaker religion studies at Guilford College, tells us about the differences between Quakers and the Amish.

This week’s Quaker video: “You’re a Quaker? You mean, like, Amish?” It’s something all Quakers have heard. Max Carter, professor of Quaker religion studies at Guilford College, tells us about the differences between Quakers and the Amish.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

The Quaker Practice of Surrendering the Self-Will

Marcelle Martin on the Quaker practice of surrendering the self-will and how this practice will be absolutely crucial if we are going to avoid catastrophe.

Marcelle Martin on the Quaker practice of surrendering the self-will and how this practice will be absolutely crucial if we are going to avoid catastrophe.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

#Quaker Problems

This week’s Quaker video: When these four Earlham College students were standing in line for hot dogs, one of them cracked a joke about something being a “Quaker Problem”. Little did they know it would become a full-on international Quaker meme within a matter of weeks.

This week’s Quaker video: When these four Earlham College students were standing in line for hot dogs, one of them cracked a joke about something being a “Quaker Problem”. Little did they know it would become a full-on international Quaker meme within a matter of weeks.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

Can Self-Promotion Be Spirit-Led?

When I first received the call to do this work, my core values were offended. Hadn’t I already rejected the part of myself that strives for public attention? I was so attached to my humbleness that I refused to “self-promote”. Ironically, it was my pride and self-will that got in the way of my calling to publicize this ministry.

Give over thine own willing; give over thine own running; give over thine own desiring to know, or to be any thing

-Isaac Pennington full quote

As Quakers, we make this fundamental, unshakeable distinction: God’s will. My will.

If we are to do the will of God, we must first let go of our own striving, our own willing. And if we are to give over our own willing, how could it ever be in good order for us to reach out for something as vain and creaturely as celebrity?

I wrote this post as a part of QVS’ synchroblog on Quakers and new media. See what other bloggers had to say here.

The Allure of Attention

I am familiar with the allure of acting out my void in public. I want the attention. I want to be seen. I want to be known. I am afraid of being passed over.
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Quakers and the Light

In this week’s Quaker video: What is “the Light,” and why are Quakers so excited about it?

In this week’s Quaker video: What is “the Light,” and why are Quakers so excited about it?

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

How Do Quakers Read the Bible?

Quakers believe that the real way that you understand what the Bible has to say to you is to let the words be illuminated. Paul Buckley explains.

Quakers believe that the real way that you understand what the Bible has to say to you is to let the words be illuminated. Paul Buckley explains.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

Coming Out As Gay in Kenya

Quaker Speak: Justimore Musombi talks about being a Gay Christian Pastor in Kenya, homosexuality in Africa, and coming out as gay in Kenya.

Quaker Speak: Justimore Musombi talks about being a Gay Christian Pastor in Kenya, homosexuality in Africa, and coming out as gay in Kenya.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.

Paulette Meier: Quaker Faith in Song

Quaker Speak: Paulette Meier sings songs from early Quaker Quotes. The act of creating music from Quaker spiritual writings helped Paulette through a difficult time in her life. These songs are unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

Quaker Speak: Paulette Meier sings songs from early Quaker Quotes. The act of creating music from Quaker spiritual writings helped Paulette through a difficult time in her life. These songs are unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

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Hey there, thanks for watching! I made this video during my 6 years as director of the QuakerSpeak project. Now I’m discerning my next project, and I’d love to share the journey with you! Please enter your email below to be the first to know when it launches.