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Bringing our Quaker family into dialogue

Posted in Christianity, FGC, Pendle Hill, Quakerism, Songwriting, Spirituality, The Art of Fully Being with tags , , , , on August 10, 2009 by Jon Watts

Six days ago I released this music video, which has been shared widely among Friends.

Some of the lyrics have provoked dialogue, specifically about the relationship between modern Quakerism and Christianity. Here are a few of my own thoughts…

Let’s start with:

“I’m not a Christian
but I’m a Quaker
I’ve got Christ’s Inner Light
But he’s not my savior.”

(the remainder of the lyrics are posted on

If you visited my website seeking an anti-Christian Quaker manifesto, you were probably disappointed. After a Guilford College education…

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“Quaker Viral”

Posted in Christianity, Quakerism, The Art of Fully Being with tags , , , on August 7, 2009 by Jon Watts

I just returned from a camping trip with my brother and his wife and baby in the Sierra Nevadas to find that my first music video has been widely shared amongst Quaker circles in it’s first three days in existence! Tons of emails in my inbox, facebook messages and a semi-fiery conversation in the “comments” tab of the video.

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Stories from Mixed Vice Work – #1: “Grab a Pen”

Posted in Mixed Vice Work, Recording, Songwriting with tags , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by Jon Watts


This is the first of a series of five brief essays reflecting on my process of writing the new EP, Mixed Vice Work. In order to help make sense of the project and in an effort to further include listeners in my process, I’ll be sharing four more in the coming months – each in reference to a specific song from the EP.

Jon putting the finishing touches on his new EP.
As you may know from having watched the promotional video for the new EP, Mixed Vice Work is an ambitious project… reflecting on themes previously explored and turning old ideas entirely on their heads.

Each essay will contain two sections: the 1st – a brief history of…

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“Friend Speaks My Mind” Study Guide

Posted in Christianity, Quakerism, The Art of Fully Being with tags , , , on June 8, 2009 by Jon Watts

A week ago I got this email from a Meeting in Pennsylvania who had some questions about the song “Friend Speaks My Mind” after I performed for them this past April. Their questions were not uncommon, and so I took the time to respond carefully and in depth and am re-posting the response here. Hope it is helpful.

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Disaster Strikes, Grace prevails

Posted in Mixed Vice Work, Newsletters, PYM, Touring with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by Jon Watts

Dear Friends,

Greetings! Another beautiful and blessed arrival of summer is upon us!

When last I wrote, it was to celebrate the success of my travels in the ministry in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in the months of March and April. Little did I know what lurked just around the corner…


Jon and his poor wrecked car.

Jon Watts with a smashed car in PYM

Need I say more? Sunday morning, after my final show (opening for Tribe One) in Philadelphia, I walked across the street to start packing my car for the trip home to Virginia. What I discovered – a crushed rear blinker, bent back axle, crumpled trunk and mysterious business card (“I seen everything”) – was a bit unexpected.

And that’s not all!

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PYM Tour wrap-up and announcing Mixed Vice Work, a new EP to be release June 25th!

Posted in Mixed Vice Work, PYM, Touring with tags , , on May 1, 2009 by Jon Watts

Dear Friends,

I am excited to share with you the end of my PYM trip and to bring you some very special news!

1. PYM tour wrap-up
2. Thanks yous
3. Future travel plans
4. Announcing Mixed Vice Work, to be released in June
5. Pre-order the new EP!
6. Other ways to support my music and ministry

PYM tour- Growth, Inspiration, Process

As I write this newsletter I am preparing for my final performance as an opening act for Tribe 1 on Saturday evening. What an incredible trip this has been! For an artist who is accustomed to playing once or twice a year (or whenever I release a CD), this has been a great opportunity for me to learn what it feels like to be…

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Journeying through PYM

Posted in Newsletters, PYM, Touring with tags , on March 26, 2009 by Jon Watts

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Dear Friends,

Greetings from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I have been living for the past month as I visit Meeting after Meeting in this densely populated Quaker homeland!

Since last I wrote, I have shared music and ministry with the good folks at Blacksburg and Roanoke Meetings, the Young Friends of BYM, members of Stony Run and Bethesda Meetings, Lancaster Meeting, Kendal Retirement Community, The Haverford Quarter, Haverford College and Westfield, Chambersburg and Valley Monthly Meetings!

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