I am a minister, photographer, retreat leader, author and Quaker -- albeit one who's not always good at being a good Quaker. I am the author of "Awaken Your Senses," "Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality," "Mind the Light: Learning to See with Spiritual Eyes" and "Sacred Compass: The Path of Spiritual Discernment" (foreword by Richard Foster).
This blog is a compendium of writing, photography, seriousness and silliness -- depending on my mood.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Quakers Revitalization -- Come Chat About It!
This is a time of renewed interest in Quaker life and
spirituality. This interest is shown by the number of Quaker titles on
amazon.com (and their strong sales) and through other things, such as
Beliefnet.com's "Belief-O-Matic." Thirty thousand people a day try
Belief-O-Matic. An issue of Newsweek magazine reported that a "disproportionate
number" of respondents to the quiz identified themselves as "liberal Quakers."
The article notes that the page on the BeliefNet web site devoted to Quakers has
become one of Beliefnet's top fifty links! So why aren't our Meetinghouses
bursting with newcomers?
Join us at
Quaker Center, January 25-27, for a weekend of spiritual reflection around this
question and, more importantly, exploring God's future for Friends. It will be a
time focused on positive language, idea generation, learning, sharing, videos,
and more using interactive techniques and tools. You'll come away from this
weekend with a fresh sense of God's working with and among us. Registration is
open now for A Modest Proposal: Participating in God's Future for
Friends at quakercenter.org.
THE PROGRAM LEADER:
J. Brent Bill is the author of many articles and books,
including Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment, Holy
Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, Mind the Light, Learning to
See with Spiritual Eyes, and the recently released Awaken Your Senses:
Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God. He also wrote A
Modest Proposal for the Revitalization of the Quaker Message in the United
States which has been the basis for a number of retreats across
the United States.
Brent is a
Quaker minister, author, photographer, and congregational consultant and the
coordinator for FGC's New Meetings Project. Brent graduated from Wilmington
College and the Earlham School of Religion and has worked as a local church
pastor, yearly meeting staff member, and seminary faculty member. For eleven
years he was the executive vice president of, and congregational consultant for,
the Indianapolis Center for Congregations. The Center for Congregations is a
project of Lilly Endowment, Inc and is dedicated to helping congregations find
and use the resources they need to thrive.
Brent and his wife Nancy live on Ploughshares Farm,
which is fifty acres of Indiana farmland that is being reclaimed for native
hardwood forests and warm season prairie grasses.
Center's full 2013 program schedule here.