Kassasi Village, Sierra Leone

Just wrapped a week of filming here in Sierra Leone. Even before we arrived, I was inspired by the stories of these women who have banded together to embark on new business ventures to uplift their communities. But meeting them in person has been another experience altogether. I am awestruck by their joy, their gracious playfulness and their collective ingenuity.

…and I’m humbled by the task of telling their stories for a broader audience. Thanks to Right Sharing of World Resources for entrusting me with this project.

Sharing this short clip in the brief window as we prepare for the next leg of our trip. Hope to share more soon, but first: headed to Kenya tomorrow!

Just wrapped a week of filming here in Sierra Leone. Even before we arrived, I was inspired by the stories of these women who have banded together to embark on new business ventures to uplift their communities. But meeting them in person has been another experience altogether. I am awestruck by their joy, their gracious playfulness and their collective ingenuity.

…and I’m humbled by the task of telling their stories for a broader audience. Thanks to Right Sharing of World Resources for entrusting me with this project.

Sharing this short clip in the brief window as we prepare for the next leg of our trip. Hope to share more soon, but first: headed to Kenya tomorrow!

Live from Philadelphia!

Last winter I was streaming live every week from my studio here in Philadelphia. It was so magical to share that space with you, and to see what happened when we all gathered to listen in my studio. As the weather gets cool again, I find myself reminiscing and missing it a bit! Here is one of my favorites.

Last winter I was streaming live every week from my studio here in Philadelphia. It was so magical to share that space with you, and to see what happened when we all gathered to listen together. As the weather gets cool again, I find myself reminiscing and missing it a bit! Here is one of my favorites.

Cover of Bon Iver: “715 – CR∑∑KS”

Lately I’ve been challenging myself to learn the work of artists who inspire me. After years of living in my head, this piece by Justin Vernon seemed like a good start. Trying to re-create the magic of this song has been a humbling process, as it took me to school in all sorts of ways.

Lately I’ve been challenging myself to learn the work of artists who inspire me. After years of living in my head, this piece by Justin Vernon seemed like a good start. Trying to re-create the magic of this song has been a humbling process, as it took me to school in all sorts of ways.

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

The Legacy of Clarence and Lily Picket

Clarence and Lilly Pickett were Quakers who lived in the mid 20th century and had an outsized impact on Quakerism and on the world.

Clarence and Lilly Pickett were Quakers who lived in the mid 20th century and had an outsized impact on Quakerism and on the world.

Filmed and edited by Jon Watts
Sponsored by the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership

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.

[+ show transcript]

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 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.

[+ show transcript]

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.

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!”

[+ show transcript]

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 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.

[+ show transcript]

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 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.

[+ show transcript]

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 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.

[+ show transcript]

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 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?

[+ show transcript]

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 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.

[+ show transcript]

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 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?

[+ show transcript]

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.