QuakerSpeak Turns 5 and Passes 2 Million Views!

Dear Friends,

thank you so much for your support throughout the years and for following along with my work. Thanks to viewers like you, the QuakerSpeak project is having an outsized impact. Can’t wait to come back into the office and work on Season 6.

in peace
Jon

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 Do Quakers Worship in Silence?

On the surface, it can seem like Quaker worship is just sitting in silence. But as Lloyd Lee Wilson explains, something much more profound is happening.

On the surface, it can seem like Quaker worship is just sitting in silence. But as Lloyd Lee Wilson explains, something much more profound is happening.

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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.

Are You a Liberal or Orthodox Quaker?

Many seekers have discovered Quakers through online quizzes like Beliefnet, but what do they mean by “Liberal” and “Orthodox” Quakers?

Many seekers have discovered Quakers through online quizzes like Beliefnet, but what do they mean by “Liberal” and “Orthodox” Quakers?

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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.

9 Core Quaker Beliefs

As a lifelong Quaker, Arthur Larrabee was frustrated that he couldn’t answer the question, “What do Quakers believe?” So he set out to do just that.

As a lifelong Quaker, Arthur Larrabee was frustrated that he couldn’t answer the question, “What do Quakers believe?” So he set out to do just that.

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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.

Committing to the Quaker Spiritual Path

Quaker author Lloyd Lee Wilson believes that there are many paths to God, but that once you’ve picked one, you have to be “all in.” What does that look like for the Quaker path?

Quaker author Lloyd Lee Wilson believes that there are many paths to God, but that once you’ve picked one, you have to be “all in.” What does that look like for the Quaker path?

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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 Power of Vulnerability

What’s the most effective way to encourage social change? For Quaker artist Joey Hartmann-Dow, it’s got to include vulnerability.

What’s the most effective way to encourage social change? For Quaker artist Joey Hartmann-Dow, it’s got to include vulnerability.

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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.

What Do Quakers Believe?

What do Quakers believe? As an experiential religion with no creed, there isn’t always an easy answer. We asked 26 Quakers about belief, and the resulting conversations were powerful.

What do Quakers believe? As an experiential religion with no creed, there isn’t always an easy answer. We asked 26 Quakers about belief, and the resulting conversations were powerful.

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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.

Reading the Qur’an as a Quaker

How do Quakers “love thy neighbor”? For Michael Birkel, it meant crossing religious boundaries to have meaningful conversations with his Muslim neighbors.

How do Quakers “love thy neighbor”? For Michael Birkel, it meant crossing religious boundaries to have meaningful conversations with his Muslim neighbors.

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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 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. Now I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you would join me for the journey.

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. Now I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you would join me for the journey.

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. Now I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you would join me for the journey.

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. Now I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you would join me for the journey.

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. Now I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you would join me for the journey.

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. Now I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you would join me for the journey.

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. Now I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you would join me for the journey.