The Jewels of Quakerism Project: All Weekly Surveys, Responses, and Videos

The Jewels of Quakerism Project is a four-fold endeavor undertaken by Callid and Kristina Keefe-Perry.

First. the Jewels of Quakerism is the name of a course taught for six weeks during the Summer of 2009 at the Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center in Wallingford, PA. That class will focus on another "Jewel" each week, showcasing the Keefe-Perry's understanding of what makes Quakerism particular and powerful. The Pendle Hill description of their class can be found here.

Second, the Project will publish an online survey once a week that will invite input from the wider Quaker world. Each week the responses to that survey will be included in the course taught on Thursdays, and made available at Callid's blog at To sign up for updates when new surveys are available, click here. Surveys will remain fill-out-able indefinately and can be found online below, along with responses, formatted so as to be more easily readable.

Third, after the Thursday course is taught each week, Callid and Kristina will create a web video that addresses much of the content covered in that week's class. These videos are intended to serve as information resources to the broader world interested in Quakerism and also as a bridging medium for folks who want to have access to the content of the course at Pendle Hill. Videos will be uploaded and archived to and can be found by clicking here, or by clicking on the links below. All videos can be downloaded, burned to DVD, and reused free of charge as long as they are not used for commercial purposes. [Click here to see where the download button is on the video pages.]

Lastly, at, the Keefe-Perrys will maintain a blog for the duration of the course, making all videos and surveys available as well as providing a means for comments and forum posts.


We will keep all the surveys open indefinetely, so that folks can continue to use the queries and share their experiences with the web. We'll periodically update the response files too, so filling them out even is still communicatively relevant. Videos will be linked here when there are made, usually by the end of the weekend after which the class was taught.

Week One: History and Context: The Religious Society and the Silent Meeting for Worship
Week One Survey - Still Updating
Week One Survey Responses - Last Updated 7/5/2009
History and Context Video
Origins of Silent Meeting for Worship Video

Week Two: Gospel Order, Openings, Leadings, and Ministry
Week Two Survey - Still Updating
Week Two Survey Responses - Last Updated 7/5/2009
Gospel Order and Ministry Video

Week Three: Witness and Testimony
Week Three Survey - Still Updating
Week Three Survey Responses - Last Updated 7/25/2009
Witness and Testimony Video

Week Four: Spiritual Gifts in Community
Week Four Survey - Still Updating
Week Four Survey Responses - Last Updated 7/25/2009
Spiritual Gifts in Community Video

Week Five: Discernment and Spiritual Practices among Friends
Week Five Survey - Still Updating
Week Five Survey Responses - Last Updated 7/25/2009
Discernment and Spiritual Practices Video

Week Six: Contemporary Quakerism: Contrasts and Connections
Week Six Survey - Still Updating
Week Six Survey Responses - Last Updated 7/30/2009
Contemporary Quakerism Video

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Comment by Lu Harper on 7th mo. 5, 2009 at 9:30pm
when you spoke about apophatic spirituality, I'd like to raise the possibility that there is a kataphatic tradition as well within early Friends...I see it in the ways in which Friends understood the Bible internally, within their own experience, as it spoke to them.
Comment by Callid Keefe-Perry on 7th mo. 10, 2009 at 9:28am

I wonder about this. While I understand that Friends certainly had their own way of approaching Scripture, it still seems to me that what they were doing was grounded in that apophatic Cloud of Unknowing rather than in any firm attempt to posit some facet of the Divine. I think about the via negative not so much as the pure stripping away and negation of things, but also the empty sitting with Spirit, hoping to be filled. Perhaps I am stretching it, but that is my reading of it.

Thanks for the thinking!
Comment by Lu Harper on 7th mo. 11, 2009 at 8:51am
I think I was using "kataphatic" more in terms of "the practice of meditation by means of calling forth images from the scriptures" (example given by Bradley P. Holt in Thirsty for God), p. 75, or as "right-brain prayer, using images rather than discursive language" (Holt, p. 83). Mind you, I doubt that early Friends would have approved of my describing it this way, but it just seems as if the language of the Bible was so alive, so much a part of their experience that it would have been very direct for them in a way that is perhaps harder for us to reach now. So I wonder whether in their worship, when a passage arose for them, it might have arisen visually and experientially as well as with language. The apophatic/kataphatic terminology may just get in the way, since there is no "right way" to spiritual experience...
Comment by Lu Harper on 7th mo. 15, 2009 at 11:02pm
Really like the distinction between testimony & witness and invitation & colony in the Week 3 video! Thanks!
Comment by Callid Keefe-Perry on 7th mo. 16, 2009 at 10:37am
Thanks Lu. Both of those topics were things we learned ourselves as we went through the material. We didn't have direct plans to address them, but they seemed to rise for us as we considered the content at hand.
Comment by Kathleen Karhnak on 7th mo. 19, 2009 at 12:32am
Have you had folks use this in their monthly meetings yet, as you suggested in the introductory vlog? I am curious about how you thought folks might use this. I have some extremely preliminary ideas about using this at my own monthly meeting -- I am the adult religious ed coordinator (a de facto committeeless position in my MM....) and tend to think too much of the MANY, MANY ways we can do things and have more trouble settling into a "This will do" kind of mentality. So hearing about others' ideas may be helpful.
Comment by Kathleen Karhnak on 7th mo. 19, 2009 at 12:40am
Oh -- and a technical question. It looks like I can download the video from the site. Is there any problem (e.g., copyright) with my downloading these videos for use at my meeting or to distribute to others?
Comment by Callid Keefe-Perry on 7th mo. 19, 2009 at 9:15am
We have not heard from anyone about their use yet, and don't have any firm ideas about that, but would love for them to be used! They are not coprighted per se - they are under a Creative Commons Non-Commerical 3.0 License and are available for free in whatever form you like as long as they not used for commericial purposes and if you use them you let others know they are free and avilable for use as well.


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