The Jewels of Quakerism Project is a four-fold endeavor undertaken by Callid and Kristina Keefe-Perry.
. 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
, 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 quakerquaker.org. 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.
, 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 Blip.tv 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.]
, at quakerquaker.org, 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
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!