Quakers and the Still, Small Voice

When we sit in silence on Sunday morning, Quakers often like to say that we’re “listening”. But what does that still small voice sound like?

When we sit in silence on Sunday morning, Quakers often like to say that we’re “listening”. But what does that still small voice sound like?

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

How Do We Save Quakerism?

Are your Meeting’s numbers dwindling? Do you worry that there won’t be a “next” generation to pass Quakerism on to?

Are your Meeting’s numbers dwindling? Do you worry that there won’t be a “next” generation to pass Quakerism on to?
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You aren’t alone. As I’ve traveled the country visiting different kinds of Quaker Meetings, I’ve noticed that many Quaker Meetings are holding a similar, underlying anxiety: what’s next?

Of course there are Meetings that don’t fit this categorization, but if you are one of those Friends who holds a concern for the future of the Religious Society of Friends, read on.

Step 1: Ask Ourselves, “What Are We Trying to Save?”

As someone who gets most excited about Quakerism when I think about the Early Friends, I believe that the litmus test for whether we have life is the fire and Spirit that motivated the emergence of the Quaker movement.
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Why I Blockaded 40,000 Tons of Coal With a Lobster Boat

Massachusetts Quaker Jay O’Hara felt led to blockade a 40,000-ton coal shipment with a tiny lobster boat. What happened next might surprise you.

Massachusetts Quaker Jay O’Hara felt led to blockade a 40,000-ton coal shipment with a tiny lobster boat. What happened next might surprise you.

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

Let Your Heart Sing: Quakers and Music

Do Quakers sing in worship? These Quakers do! Laura Dungan and Aaron Fowler from Wichita, Kansas talk music, Spirit, and a sound so low the human ear can’t perceive it.

Do Quakers sing in worship? These Quakers do! Laura Dungan and Aaron Fowler from Wichita, Kansas talk music, Spirit, and a sound so low the human ear can’t perceive it.

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

Guided By An Inner Truth: Quaker Hip-Hop Artist Sterling Duns

West Philly rapper Sterling Duns talks about his writing process and how he came to be a Quaker.

West Philly rapper Sterling Duns talks about his writing process and how he came to be a Quaker.

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

How Jesus Affirms My Queerness

Today, as some Christians in Indiana claim their religion justifies refusing service to LGBTQ customers, Quaker Kody Hersh lifts up the Jesus who stood with those on the margins of society.

Today, as some Christians in Indiana claim their religion justifies refusing service to LGBTQ customers, Quaker Kody Hersh lifts up the Jesus who stood with those on the margins of society.

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

The Difference Between Quaker Meeting and Other Christian Services

How does Quaker Meeting compare to other Christian services? Quaker author Ben Pink Dandelion explores this question.

How does Quaker Meeting compare to other Christian services? Quaker author Ben Pink Dandelion explores this question.

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

Announcing… Season 2! (QuakerSpeak Lives On!)

This Thursday, tune in to our YouTube channel for the first video of Season 2 and subscribe to get a new QuakerSpeak video in your inbox every Thursday for the next 9 months!

Dear Friends,

It’s been a big three months! Since I wrote my last post about the YouTube Channel that I work on, and how I’ve been working with Friends Journal to find the resources needed to create a second season, I have heard from so many of you about how the project has touched you or your Meeting. Thank you for those beautiful and inspiring messages, and thank you to everyone who ordered a DVD and/or contributed to a Season 2!
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What’s Next for QuakerSpeak?

So QuakerSpeak’s funding didn’t get renewed for a second year. On Monday I will meet with staff at Friends Journal to begin to discern whether the project can continue to be housed there and if so, where the support for Season 2 might come from. I would appreciate your prayers in this time.

UPDATE #2: Season 2 is on!

UPDATE #1: Since we first heard that we didn’t get our funding for a second year, I have spoken with the folks at Friends Journal and they are confident that they want to keep me on for a season 2, and while we’re not totally clear on the details of how that will happen, it seems like things are moving in the right direction.

And if you are interested in helping make a season 2 happen, there is a way for you to help! Just go to QuakerSpeak.com/DVD and pre-order our new DVD… you’ll have the option to put in a little extra to help support season 2. Thanks to everyone who commented on this post, you gave me some Light in a moment where it was obscured! So much gratitude. With grace, there are enough folks like you out there that want to see another year of QuakerSpeak!


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So QuakerSpeak‘s funding didn’t get renewed for a second year.

Without getting too much into the dynamics of the funding organization, I’ll just say that I am not too surprised, but I am disappointed. Most folks I talk to seem to feel like the project has been wildly successful in its first year.

So what comes next? I’m not sure yet.
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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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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak. Now I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you would join me for the journey.

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

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

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

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

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