I was unaware of a YouTube video that recently went â€œviralâ€ â€“ at least in proportion to Quaker numbers – until friends referred me to it. The video shows 2006 QLSP graduate Jon Watts rising in the silence of worship in the Barn at Pendle Hill. His vocal ministry turns into a â€œrapâ€ about Quaker history and theology, focusing on the diversity of views among Friends and his own upbringing in Friends General Conference.
Reposted from the 2009 Friends Center Newsletter
I am not adept at most of the modern social networking devices. No Blackberry or cell phone, even. At the insistence of Friends Center staff and students, there is a Facebook account with my name attached â€“ for purposes of getting the word out on campus ministry programs. But I donâ€™t know how to operate it. Continue reading “Max Carter on Jon Watts’ Video”
Three months ago I traveled to the Sierra Friends Center in California to take a break from the spotlight… I had been traveling in the ministry and performing all over Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for two months.Â It was my intention to get some rest and do some discernment about my next steps, including some experimentation with internet outreach. Continue reading ““Dance Party” Reflections – Two Months Later”
QQQQandA is a great resource: a blog made up of answers to questions sent to FGC’s Quaker Information Center. Recently they received a question inspired by my music video, “Dance Party Erupts During Quaker Meeting for Worship”:
Please explain — what is the deal about Quakers and music? Is it true that music is considered sinful? Why? If music is bad, how do you explain the video â€œDance Party Erupts at Quaker Meeting for Worshipâ€?
I recommend that you check out Joan Broadfield’s response.
If you visited my website seeking an anti-Christian Quaker manifesto, you were probably disappointed. After a Guilford College education and a year living in community with all types of spiritual seekers at Pendle Hill, I am decidedly â€œChristian-curiousâ€ and have no illusions about the roots of my religion. Continue reading “Bringing our Quaker family into dialogue”
The Quaker Youtube video sensation, Dance Party Erupts During Quaker Meeting for Worship.
TODAY I AM RELEASING MY FIRST EVER MUSIC VIDEO!
Sorry for the “all-caps,” but I have to express my excitement.Â This has been a long time in the making and I only get to release my first music video once!
Plus… it is really good!Â I promise.Â We filmed it in April at Pendle Hill with many familiar resident faces.Â The concept of the shoot was “Meeting for Worship turns dance party” and it came out so well!Â …thanks to filmmaker Ben Schilling, his helper Allie and all those who graciously came to worship, dance and be filmed.
A week ago I got this email from a Meeting in Pennsylvania who had some questions about the song “Friend Speaks My Mind” after I performed for them this past April. Their questions were not uncommon, and so I took the time to respond carefully and in depth and am re-posting the response here. Hope it is helpful. Continue reading ““Friend Speaks My Mind” Study Guide”