Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: For Those Friends Who are Bad at Being Good            March 8-10, 2019


On quick observation, the Quaker lifestyle boasts peace, solitude, and simplicity—qualities that are attractive and compelling to all Friends. Yet living a life of Friendly faith is not as simple as it may look. In fact, it’s often characterized more by the stumbles than the grace. “When someone asks me what kind of Quaker I am,” says J. Brent Bill, “I say I’m a bad one. I’ve got the belief part down pretty well, I think. It’s in the practice of my belief in everyday life where I often miss the mark.” In our Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker workshop, based on his book by the same title, a self-professed non-expert on faith invites participants to a joyful exploration of the faith journey—perfection not required. With whimsy, humor, and wisdom, we will participate in a joyful, interactive exploration of the testimonies. We’ll examine how to put faith into practice to achieve a life that is soulfully still yet active, simple yet satisfying, peaceful yet strong. This workshop is an invitation to a pilgrimage toward a more meaningful and and satisfying life . . . one step - or stumble - at a time.

Our leader is J. Brent Bill, a life-long Friend who is a recorded minister, writer, retreat, leader, and co-clerk (and co-founder) of the Association of Bad Friends (For Quakers Who are Bad at Being Good) on Facebook. In addition to Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker, Brent is also the author of Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, Sacred Compass: The Way of Spiritual Discernment, and numerous other books. He's a graduate of Wilmington College and Earlham School of Religion. He lives in rural Indiana. Visit his website at


Register by Feb. 25: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters

After Feb. 25: $260/$145/$90$195

Childcare with 3 weeks notice.

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