Sunday, March 30, 2014

Introducing QuakerSpeak
This week I wanted to highlight a fabulous resource QuakerSpeak. This new web video series is aimed at communicating Quaker experience in ways that are appealing and energizing, particularly to religious seekers and to Friends meetings interested in growing in number and level of engagement.

The goal of the project is to educate and engage viewers and invite them into a Quaker community, as well as to help existing Quaker communities become more responsive to these (and other) newcomers.

These videos are a tremendous resource in understanding the varied experiences and beliefs of Friends. They can be used as teaching tools (for students, faculty, and parents) in better understanding the full complexity of a religion that is often described as "caught" and "not taught."

Watch Videos Here

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Make The Ordinary Come Alive

One lovely benefit of half the country being snowed in this winter again and AGAIN, are the flurry of posts by Friends school educators on Facebook; those who I rarely see on there otherwise. On the unexpected day (or days) home they reconnect with others in the virtual world. And today, this poem has been circling between friends who work with children and still get to have the thrill of a “snow day.” (Of course I live in Savannah, GA and still no snow here ;)

Make The Ordinary Come Alive
By William Martin

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take of itself.