Convergent Friends

A movement seeking a deeper understanding of our Quaker heritage and a more authentic community life. Tag: convergent

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About Convergent Friends

Robin M. coined the phrase in early 2006 in her post "Robinopedia: Convergent Friends." She wrote: "It describes Friends who are 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. It includes, among others, Friends from the politically liberal end of the evangelical branch, the Christian end of the unprogrammed branch, and the more outgoing end of the Conservative branch."

Important Posts:

Emergent Church Movement: The Younger Evangelicals & Quaker Renewal. Martin Kelley, 9/2003.
Faith Enough to be Outrageous. Claire, Winter 2006
Convergent Friends Introduction. (PDF), Rachel Stacy, spring 2007
Unraveling the Myths about Convergent Friends. LizOpp, 3/2007.
Convergent Friends: a Long Definition. Martin Kelley, summer 2007.
Converging around Jesus: A Personal Story. David Male, summer 2007.
Convergent Friendship and Playing around with the Other Kids. C Wess Daniels, summer 2007.
What Convergence Means to Ohio Conservative. Martin Kelley, 8/07.
Convergence Among Friends: From Kitchen to the Parlor, Robin M and C Wess Daniels, 10/2007.
Convergent presentation at Woodbrooke Study Center. C Wess Daniels, 5/08
Where is the Convergent Conversation Now? Robin M, summer 2008.
How do I find other Convergent Friends? Robin M., summer 2008.
Joining the Convergent Conversation, Angelina Conti, Friends Journal, 5/2009.
What Does a New Kind of Quaker Look Like?, Scott Wagoner, Quaker Life, 1/2010.

Eight Questions on Convergent Friends: An Interview with Robin Mohr by Martin Kelley, Friends Journal, 1/2012.

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Discussion Forum

Quaker monks\nuns...

Started by Margaret Banford. Last reply by Christopher Hatton 12th month 8, 2012. 22 Replies

Do you like the word 'quakerly'?

Started by Helen Bayes. Last reply by C. Morningbear Cullimore Mercer 10th month 26, 2011. 7 Replies

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Comment by Christopher Hatton on 8th mo. 11, 2014 at 3:57pm
Hi Wess, yes I did alas Jez is too busy ... And as it happens so am I this year. However, last week I worshiped online with "Friends of the Light" and during the discussion afterwards I met another convergent Friends who knows (of) you.

We just need a critical mass and "bingo" (not that I play for money).
I was inspired by all your ideas for a nursery of truth. Now is not the time for me, but I am interested in keeping the idea alive.
Comment by C. Wess Daniels on 10th mo. 28, 2013 at 2:16pm

Chris - I love the idea. If you can gather some folks, I'd be happy to help in any way I can. 

Have you connected with Jez Smith? He might be interested. 

Comment by Christopher Hatton on 10th mo. 26, 2013 at 3:43pm

Looking for interested fFriends (primarily on the European side of the pond?) willing to help set up and drum up support for a "mini nursery of truth" like event.

Possible meeting places could be:

A sympathetic Friends Meeting House in Europe e.g.

Moyallon or Belfast Meeting, Ulster

Woodbrooke - Birmingham, Central England,

-Swarthmoor Hall, northern England

- Svartbacken Quaker Retreat centre or Friends Meeting House in Stockholm, Sweden

- Congénies Friends Meeting House, Southern France

- Bad Pyrmont Friends Meeting House (South of Hannover) Germany

I was nspired by the following:

Not sure about funding, support, best time of year.. but putting the idea out there and see who responds :-)

Love, peace and happiness


A regular tattooed Rockabilly who happens to be a bad drummer and a spontaneous dancer, and member of the emerging church / re-revived primitive Christianity!

Comment by Stephanie Stuckwisch on 11th mo. 17, 2012 at 12:53am

To Friends on the Western USA and Canada - I just wanted to put in a recommendation for the Way of the Spirit program. It's patterned after the School of the Spirit, program of contemplation and study rooted in the Judeo-Christian/Early Quaker heritage. 

I just completed the first year and have signed up for the second. The best part of the program is it actively includes Friends from evangelical and liberal traditions.

You can find more information the events section of QuakerQuaker.

Comment by Charley Earp on 4th mo. 19, 2010 at 3:26pm
Comment by DianeReynolds on 2nd mo. 16, 2010 at 8:41am

What a beautiful comment.

Comment by DianeReynolds on 2nd mo. 14, 2010 at 3:05pm
Scot Wagoner's What does a new kind of Quaker look like (above) captures some of the emerging church ethos, though I would say the emerging church is more "Ancient/Future," --and of course my definition, like anyone else's, is my definition ...
Comment by DianeReynolds on 2nd mo. 14, 2010 at 3:03pm
If you are truly interested, I've linked below to three stories I've written on the emerging church, two from 2005, one from 2008. Of course the emerging church has been officially deemed dead, but don't believe everything you read. :) Links:
Comment by DianeReynolds on 2nd mo. 14, 2010 at 2:15pm
In short, the emerging church is a "conversation," probably started by Brian McLaren (or Zondervan, take your pick), about how to make churches more relevant for postmodern people who don't like formulaic answers to faith questions. It doesn't comefrom QUakerism, unless you see Richard Foster's ecumenical forays as a precursor to emerging. Emerging churches often engage the culture and often go into the community to meet people, meeting at bars or clubs, rather than asking people to come to them. I think one of the pieces Convergent hooks into is the desire to build bridges between disparate parts of Christendom, which translates well to trying to bridge some of the divides within the Quaker world.

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