Sweet Life

I’m in the studio this evening giving thanks. Every moment of this life is a blessing. Sometimes I forget that, and music helps me remember.

I’m in the studio this evening giving thanks. Every moment of this life is a blessing. Sometimes I forget that, and music helps me remember.

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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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Deep Breath

I’ve been dealing with a ton of anxiety over the past couple of days, as I’m sure many of us have. Sometimes when I’m anxious I sit at the piano and play something slow just to remind myself of the beauty that naturally unfolds when I wait and listen and focus on my breath.

I hope you are also finding ways to reconnect to beauty today, even amidst the turmoil, and that this music helps you to get back to your breath, even if just for a minute.

I’ve been dealing with a ton of anxiety over the past couple of days, as I’m sure many of us have. Sometimes when I’m anxious I sit at the piano and play something slow just to remind myself of the beauty that naturally unfolds when I wait and listen and focus on my breath.

I hope you are also finding ways to reconnect to beauty today, even amidst the turmoil, and that this music helps you to get back to your breath, even if just for a minute.

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 Quakers Christian?

Are Quakers Christian? I talked to 11 Quakers from across the United States and asked about their relationship with Christianity.

Are Quakers Christian? I talked to 11 Quakers from across the United States and asked about their relationship with Christianity.

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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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How Quakerism Influences My Artistic Process

As a lifelong artist, Maggie Nelson began to notice some similarities between her experience in Quaker worship and her approach in the studio.

As a lifelong artist, Maggie Nelson began to notice some similarities between her experience in Quaker worship and her approach in the studio.

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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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Growing Up Quaker in Indiana

As a kid growing up in holiness-influenced Indiana Quakerism, Max Carter was taught to avoid a long list of sins, including soft drinks—“which led to hard drinks!“—and dancing—“a vertical expression of a horizontal desire!”

As a kid growing up in holiness-influenced Indiana Quakerism, Max Carter was taught to avoid a long list of sins, including soft drinks—“which led to hard drinks!“—and dancing—“a vertical expression of a horizontal desire!”

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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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How I Practice Quakerism Throughout the Week

Being a Quaker isn’t just about sitting in silence for an hour on Sunday morning. Fritz Weiss shares some of the ways he carries his Quakerism throughout the week.

Being a Quaker isn’t just about sitting in silence for an hour on Sunday morning. Fritz Weiss shares some of the ways he carries his Quakerism throughout the week.

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What to Expect at a Quaker Wedding

Planning to attend a Quaker wedding? Here’s what you can expect.

Planning to attend a Quaker wedding? Here’s what you can expect.

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The Prayer Life of Quakers

What does Quaker prayer look like? Australian Friend David Johnson says it’s something every human being does naturally, and it leads to inordinate spiritual refreshment.

What does Quaker prayer look like? Australian Friend David Johnson says it’s something every human being does naturally, and it leads to inordinate spiritual refreshment.

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The Intimacy of Quaker Worship Spaces

Sitting in silence with a group of people every week can be an intimate experience. How do Quaker worship spaces encourage that?

Sitting in silence with a group of people every week can be an intimate experience. How do Quaker worship spaces encourage that?

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What Do Quakers Believe About God?

What is God? We asked 20 Quakers, here’s what they said.

What is God? We asked 20 Quakers, here’s what they said.

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The Paradox of Quaker Belief

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pE6eewimjI

Most Quakers agree there is an Inner Light in every person. But is the Light Christian or is it universal?

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Leaving Quakerism Better Than We Found It

Norval Reece was giving a tour of his Quaker meetinghouse when someone asked, “What is this space used for now?” That’s when he realized we’ve got to do a better job of telling our story.

Norval Reece was giving a tour of his Quaker meetinghouse when someone asked, “What is this space used for now?” That’s when he realized we’ve got to do a better job of telling our story.

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Ministering to the Poor

San Francisco Quaker Meeting is located at the border of one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and one of its richest. Member David Breitzmann discusses the meeting’s attempts to meet the needs presented by its location, and how it has grown and deepened in the process.

San Francisco Quaker Meeting is located at the border of one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and one of its richest. Member David Breitzmann discusses the meeting’s attempts to meet the needs presented by its location, and how it has grown and deepened in the process.

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How Does Culture Influence Quaker Worship?

When Ayesha Imani found Quakers, she knew this was where she belonged. But she also felt limited by the culture she perceived in Quaker meeting—that is until she tried worshiping with other Quakers of African descent.

When Ayesha Imani found Quakers, she knew this was where she belonged. But she also felt limited by the culture she perceived in Quaker meeting—that is until she tried worshiping with other Quakers of African descent.

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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 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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