Annie & Peter's Travel Under Concern


Music Ministry 

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 2000.

For more information on Annie's and my music ministry go to our music website

Teaching Ministry 

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.

Middletown Meeting Minute on Teaching Ministry

See also the webpage on this site on my ministry of teaching and retreat leadership.

Writings that relate to travel

Firbank Fell's 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 millennium.

For more general information on this subject, see Traveling Ministry.
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Death Cannot Kill What Never Dies

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They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.  
Death cannot kill what never dies.  
Nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle; the Root and Record of their friendship.
If absence be not death, neither is theirs.  
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.  
For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent.
In this Divine Glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure.
This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.
 - William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude, 1702.

Note: This passage was quoted by J.K.Rowling as the epigraph of her novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Braithwaite on Outreach

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Men & Women with a Message of Power

It is as a "religion of life" that Quakerism will be presented in the future and is being presented now.

Its distinguishing note will be its resolve to bring all this human life of ours under the transforming power of spiritual life.  It will stand out against all divisions and compartments that separate the sacred from the secular, the sanctuary from the outward world of nature, the sacrament from the days' common work, the clergy from the laity. 

It will tell of a Christian experience that makes all life sacred and all days holy, all nature a sanctuary, all work a sacrament, and gives to every man and woman in the body fit place and service.  Its concern will be to multiply men and women who will have a message of power because they are themselves the children of light.  It will claim the whole of man's life, and the whole of life, individual, social, national international, for the dominion of the will of God.

William C. Braithwaite and Henry T. Hodgkin, The Message and Mission of Quakerism (Philadelphia, Winston, 1912), 25-26.

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