Brent Bill: Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times

In-Person Event

We are living in dangerous times. Of course, the times have always been dangerous throughout human history. Famine, flood, fire, fighting, and more have threatened human existence for eons. While many North American people of faith today live in relatively little physical danger, we face other dangers. With the rise of political and public incivility and administrations promoting policies and legislation that go against foundational faith principles, what’s a person of faith to do? How do we keep the faith and find a the right balance of nurturing our souls, living a daily life that reflects our values, and be publicly active in support of those who are oppressed, downtrodden, and starving, literally and figuratively, for some good news?

In this workshop, we’ll explore the themes of Brent Bill’s book Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times: Lessons from the Quakers on Blending Faith, Daily Life, and Activism – from how the first testimonies (peace, equality, etc.) sprang from the daily life and faith of the early Friends to how to be a people of hope in dangerous times. We’ll look at Quaker hope and witness of Friends through the ages to today and how the lessons they learned (and continue to learn) inform our hope and witness today.

 At this interactive workshop, participants will engage in:

  • Developing an affirmation for cultivating a rich interior life.
  • Learn ways of speaking spiritually about political/social issues, including sharing how they arrived at their personal or congregation stances on them.
  • Understand how the world needs people of faith to be active in justice issues for God’s sake.
  • Share tools for getting their meeting or church to discuss how they are to engaged in the world.

If you are looking for a fresh way of doing faith that involves the inner life and outer action, as opposed to just one or the other and want to experience a holistic faith that has inner and outer engagement, then this might be the workshop for you.


Brent Bill is a life-long Friend who is a recorded minister, writer, and retreat leader. In addition to Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker, Brent is also the author of Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality; Sacred Compass: the Way of Spiritual Discernment; and numerous other books. He's a graduate of Wilmington College and Earlham School of Religion. He lives in rural Indiana. Visit his website at


December 2nd, 2022 6:00 PM through December 4th, 2022 1:00 PM
524 Pitt Hall Rd.
Old Chatham, NY 12136
United States
Phone: 518-794-8811
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Ages 13-22 ($125)
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Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the
New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Powell House
524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham, NY
phone 518-794-8811
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