Annie & Peter's Travel Under Concern
My wife, Anne Patterson, and I
have traveled extensively among Friends and others leading group singing. This has often taken the form of
concerts in meetinghouses but has also included leading singing at many yearly
meetings and other Quaker gatherings and weekend workshops at Quaker retreat
centers. Middletown Meeting
recognized this work as a religious calling and wrote a number of minutes of
travel under religious concern over the years for the two of us. We had a support committee that met
with us for many years providing spiritual oversight of this ministry. This work has taken us to twenty
different yearly meetings.
New Zealand YM Report on
the music ministry we did to that Yearly Meeting in December 1999 and January
For more information on Annie's
and my music ministry go to our music website http://www.quakersong.org.
I have led many classes for
Friends Meetings over the years on Quakerism. I also have led many one day and weekend retreats for
monthly and quarterly meetings and and Quaker retreat centers. Middletown Meeting also minutes its
recognition of this teaching ministry.
Meeting Minute on Teaching Ministry
See also the webpage on this
site on my ministry of teaching and retreat leadership.
Writings that relate to
Challenge to 21st Century Quakerism
This is an article I wrote on a night hike I took to Fox's pulpit near
Briggflatts Meeting in England in June 2001. The experience led to reflections on the state of Friends
350 years after Fox's important sermon at the beginning of the Quaker movement.
Ode to Teapot
Valley A poem written at a New Zealand Yearly Meeting summer gathering,
while we were carrying out music ministry in that country around the end of the
For more general information on this subject, see Traveling Ministry