Wess Daniels has eloquently expressed the concept of being apprenticed to the Quaker faith tradition in his recent eBook, Remixing Faith:  Seeds of Renewal in the Quaker Tradition.  In it he says,  “When it comes to our own renewal as Friends, we need apprentices who are so steeped in the Quaker tradition that they have … More Apprentices

Listening in Tongues

We need to learn to listen in tongues – to really listen to each other, to all of Creation, and to the Divine Other – to listen in ways that open us to fuller understanding, empathy, and authentic relationship. In our individual spiritual journeys, as seekers (and sometime finders) of greater clarity and understanding, it … More Listening in Tongues

Spiritual Gifts – An Unbroken Circle

And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.  (I Corinthians 12:28) Contemporary Friends often feel an implicit (or explicit) hierarchy hidden in discussions about spiritual gifts.  The dominant culture in North America … More Spiritual Gifts – An Unbroken Circle

Guilty As Charged

I was arrested earlier this week, and freely admit I was guilty as charged:  second degree trespassing – remaining on the premises of another person after having been notified not to remain there by an “authorized person.”  My fellow arrestees had some light-hearted banter during the hours we spent being processed about who really owns … More Guilty As Charged

Individual Formation and Corporate Faithfulness

A question has been raised in some circles about how a program like Deeper Roots, which offers an opportunity in Quaker spiritual formation for individuals, relates to the spiritual health of the home meetings of its participants, and what effect the program might have on the public witness of participating individuals and their meeting communities. … More Individual Formation and Corporate Faithfulness


It is almost time for the participants in the Deeper Roots program to gather near Nashville for our first weekend together, and my anticipation is building in a combination of excitement, wonder, and anxiety. All sorts of wonderful things are possible when a group of intentional souls like these Friends come together; the possibilities fill … More Anticipation