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I live in Rockville, Maryland, northwest of Washington, D.C., U.S.A. I am a 1968 graduate of Wilmington College, a Quaker institution in Wilmington, Ohio. I am retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
My main interest is in the Good News of Jesus Christ. I helped start a new local Christian outreach, Friends in Christ, which was the focus of much of my energies for several years, and continues to facilitate two Bible study groups. For decades I was associated with the with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and put a lot of energy into Christian renewal among Friends. However, Quakers in my area are not corporately united around Jesus Christ, and I resigned my membership in my local Friends meeting on April 16, 2005.
I joined Cedar Ridge Community Church, a nondenominational "emerging church". Cedar Ridge's Mission is To be and make disciples in authentic community for the good of the world, and it takes this mission seriously. I remained a part of Cedar Ridge for 9 years.
In late 2014, I felt a need to make a change in faith community to one which did not have the same professional clergy upfront talking to an audience approach. I now attend Dayspring Church in Germantown, Marylnd, a member faith community of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour. Dayspring has no one named as pastor, and follows a shared leadership model which is far more participatory than most churches.
I also appreciate involvement in the wider body of Christ, and have participated in conferences of Christian renewal movements such as Renovaré (Timonium, MD Regional Conference, May 1996, and Wheaton, MD Regional Conference, March 2002). For some insights into my faith journey and perspective, see Some Pieces of My Journey and Bill Samuel's Affirmations of Faith.
I write a brief inspirational message each week for the Friends in Christ email list that reaches around the globe.
I went on a Quaker Tour of England June 15-30, 1998. If you go to the Quaker Tour site, you can see many of the highlights of that tour, with photographs and much text reflecting the educational nature of that tour.
I was one of the founders of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF), and served on its staff for several years. The NCPTF developed and works to enact the U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill to permit conscientious objectors to the military to pay their full Federal tax obligation without violating deeply held religious or ethical beliefs. There are parallel efforts in a number of other countries.
Friends Christian RenewalFriends Christian Renewal Home Page - Activities and groups in various parts of the world related to Christian renewal in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
School of the SpiritSchool of the Spirit is a Quaker ministry of prayer and learning based in the Philadelphia area. It offers residential programs such as On Being a Spiritual Nurturer (I attended the 1993-94 session), as well as Silent Retreats.
Other Quaker ResourcesQuaker Resources on the Web - This page has numerous links to my own pages, pages of other Quaker groups and individuals, and additional Quaker resources.
All Christians should subscribe to the consistent life ethic which opposes the taking of human life, whether with abortion, war, the death penalty, euthanasia, or what. Some Quaker resources on the Web have resources on some of these issues, but few cover abortion. Did you know that many of the early suffragist/feminist leaders in the U.S. were raised as Quakers and that they were strongly anti-abortion? It took so much space on this page to list the pro-life links I wanted to highlight that I removed them from here and established a Pro-Life Links page. I volunteer as a Male Presence at the Rockville Crisis Pregnancy Center, serve as President of Consistent Life, and am Webservant for Seamless-Garment.org.
Listing of a link anywhere on my Web site does not constitute my endorsement of the contents of that Web site, but merely indicates that you might find some of the material at the site useful. If you have problems with the content or the format of any site, please contact the maintainer of that site.
There is One, even Christ Jesus, who can speak to thy condition.
- revelation given to George Fox.