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Reclaiming the Power of Primitive Quakerism for the 21st Century

Posted on: December 16, 2008

picture-1Robin Mohr, Martin Kelley and C. Wess Daniels will be leading a (convergent Friends) workshop this coming February 20-22, 2009 at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center. You’re all invited. Here are the details:

Who is this program for? 

  • Are you seeking a deeper understanding of our Quaker heritage and a more authentic life in the kingdom of God on Earth, radically inclusive of all who seek to live this life? 
  • Do you think that some Quaker anachronisms are silly but you’re willing to experiment to see which ones still hold Life and Power?  
  • Are you not sure what you believe about Jesus and Christ but are willing to wrestle with this question?  
  • Are you quite clear what you believe but you’re willing to listen to others who are still struggling? 
  • Are you willing to listen and speak across the artificial boundaries and at the same time to respect the real differences and diversity that exist between and within Quaker institutions? 

What will this program include? 

The weekend will include time to share some of our spiritual journeys in small groups and in writing. We will listen deeply and lovingly to one another, as we speak courageously and gently about our own experiences of the Truth. We will explore what we can learn from each other’s stories, what it means to worship in Spirit and in Truth in the postmodern age, and how to share a lived faith as we serve all creation. We will walk in the redwoods, sing and laugh, have extended waiting worship, and eat together. We will experiment with some traditional Quaker practices and develop some tools to take home, to help us be the change we wish to see in our meetings, churches and the world. Expect inclusive and Christian language. 

To make this retreat accessible to families with young children we will be offering child care during the times that adult programming is in session, if we are notified by February 1. Download the registration form at the bottom of this post.

What is the cost for this program?   

The cost is a suggested sliding scale of between $140 and $220 per person, based on your discernment of your financial status. Nobody will be turned away because of inability to pay the fee. The fee includes the program, accommodations, and six meals.  There is an additional fee for child care. 

For more information on childcare, food, transportation, etc, please download the registration form here. Or other Questions?  Call or email us at Quaker Center. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. 

About the facilitators:

The three facilitators of this weekend are well known Quaker bloggers. They have led conversations with convergent Friends at picnics and dinner parties, the FGC Gathering, Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas, and Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative). They have written about the renewal of the Religious Society of Friends in Friends Journal, Friends Bulletin/Western Friend and Quaker Life.  

Robin Mohr is a member of San Francisco MM, Pacific YM. Her blog is called What Canst Thou Say? at She coined the term “convergent Friends” in November 2005. 

C. Wess Daniels is a member of the Evangelical Friends Church, Eastern Region. He is now pursuing a PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles on issues related to contemporary culture, missiology and renewal in Quaker meetings. He blogs at

Before becoming an independent web developer, Martin Kelley worked for a number of years with Friends General Conference and Friends Journal. One of the earliest Quaker bloggers, he still writes and since 2005 has published the Web-based Quaker magazine, He has a passion for looking afresh at Friends’ testimonies, language and practices.

Download the registration form here.


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