Burn the Ships – An Entrepreneurial Memoir

Today's blog is a guest post from central Ohio entrepreneur Luke Henry. (Yes, we are related; he's my brother.) His story is unique but rural entrepreneurs will identify with much of Luke's journey. I believe that entrepreneurs are some of the most vital agents of renewal in rural communities. We do well to nurture business, [...]

Solidaridad: Recovering Abundance in Cuba

I recently returned from a visit to Cuba. It is a beautiful country full of fascinating people and a complex history. The eight days went by quickly; we didn't have near enough time to gain a deep sense of the culture and spirit of the country. But what I encountered during our time was a [...]

Recovering Abundance Through Risk

*This post is lightly adapted from a message given by Andy for ESR (Earlham School of Religion) Day at Richmond First Friends Meeting in Richmond, Indiana.  Good morning, Friends. It’s great to be here to worship with you and share with you all. I will say to you what I said to Winchester Friends a [...]

Recovering Abundance in the Middle of Nowhere

*The following is a lightly edited manuscript of a message I shared with the congregation of Winchester Friends Meeting in Winchester, Indiana.  Good morning, Friends. It is good to be with you and worship with you this morning. I was a little concerned because I’ve been under the impression that the Holy Spirit doesn’t interact [...]

Protest and Patriotism: Learning the Awkward Liturgy of Solidarity

I'm a Quaker. Quakers are probably the lowest of the "low church" tradition; historically, we have tried to avoid any kind of ritual or repetition. Our worship is based on waiting in stillness for the Spirit to move. If such a miracle happens during worship, then we might move. I love the simplicity and silence [...]

Introducing Recovering Abundance: A Miracle and Midrash about Rural Renewal

What's with the name Recovering Abundance?  There is a gospel story that I've been carrying around for quite awhile. When I say "awhile," I don't mean a couple days, a couple weeks, or a couple months. I mean a couple of years. It has been bouncing around in my mind, sinking deeply into my spirit, [...]