As a participant in an ecumenical workshop where he was the only Quaker, Ron Rembert found himself experimenting with new uses for the traditional Quaker practice of responding to queries. This effort to deepen his own prayer life launched further explorations into the value a Quaker may find in such traditions of prayer and contemplation as lectio divina and the Ignatian method of examen. In adapting these practices to a Quaker sensibility, Ron Rembert finds new ways of using queries and explores the significance of writing our prayers. Discussion questions included.
About the Author(s)
Ron B. Rembert is a member of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio where he teaches a range of philosophy courses, including Introduction to Quakerism and a new offering on Baseball and Philosophy. He is a member of Campus Friends Meeting, which is affiliated with Wilmington and Ohio Valley Yearly Meetings. Ron lives with his wife Theresa, a marriage and family counselor and an active volunteer in community activities. Their son Mark, a graduate of Haverford College, is a co-founder of Energize Clinton County, a nonprofit organization promoting economic development.
Ron launched this work on queries as prayers while participating in a writing workshop at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research during the summer of 2011. He expresses appreciation for the staff of the institute, especially Donald Ottenhoff, Carla Durand, and Sari Fordham, and to his workshop colleagues for their support and encouragement. He also acknowledges Dan Kasztelan and Noah Campbell for their helpful advice.
Pendle Hill Pamphlet #423