🗓 Now Let's Review
Happy New Year to all of you,Despite the chaos of our current times and in the face of that same chaos I greet you and bless you in the coming you. I am grateful to you and the ways many of us have connected, in one way or another, over the past year. And so I want to thank you all for joining me on this part of my journey. Writing has been a means for me to think out loud and develop ideas for years. When I started blogging back in 2001, I had no idea that 20 years later, I'd still be actively writing online. While the writing has taken many shapes and forms over the years, I have found it rewarding to use idea-sharing as a means of making connections and supporting renewal, liberating spirituality, and creativity with people like you. The fact that people continue to read and share my work, subscribe to the newsletter, and buy my books really astounds me and I'm grateful so thank you.This week's newsletter is a bit of a year-end wrap up and medley of various things I wanted to share. A few things you'll find in this newsletter:I'm doing a little book giveaway and have a few other things I'd like to share with you so be sure to read through the whole newsletter so you don't miss out! My 15 most listened to albums from 2020. Some fun newsletter stats from last year. Check out some of the upcoming events that I think you will be interested in!I'll be back with another issue before the month is out but I need some time for planning, reflection, annual review, and refocusing themes and topics for the coming year. Below I solicit your interest and feedback and would genuinely love to hear from you.Thanks for reading and blessings on you in the coming year,Wess DanielsGreensboro, NC (Haw River Watershed)
✨📚 Book Giveway ✨📚
I am giving away 5 copies of my book, "Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance" as a part of this end of the year celebration.
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📆 Annual Review
This is the time of year when a lot of us do annual reviews. Here are a few resources you might like if you have never done one or are looking for some new ideas.
Conducting an Annual Review: This is my own process I generally follow each year, with some tweaks here and there.
Are You Ready to Do Your Annual Review? Here Are Some Tips and Resources: A round-up I did last year of some great resources.
Reflecting on where you've been and where you're going: From David Allen of Getting Things Done. Some really great questions and resources here.
👩🏼🎤 New Music! Top 15 Listens
I love music. It is one of the things that gets me through the day and one of the things I love most about a new year are the new albums that come out. Here are my top 15 listens on Apple Music in not particular order from this past year. I will say that Phoebe Bridgers' album was my favorite with the new Lo Tom in close second. Maybe you'll find something new you'll enjoy here. If you have an album you've loved last year share it with me!
Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane and Abel by Black Thought on Apple Music — music.apple.com Listen to Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane and Abel by Black Thought on Apple Music. Stream songs including "I'm Not Crazy (First Contact)", "State Prisoner" and more.
RTJ4 by Run The Jewels on Apple Music — music.apple.com Listen to RTJ4 by Run The Jewels on Apple Music. Stream songs including "yankee and the brave (ep. 4)", "ooh la la (feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier)" and more.
Lord Finesse Presents - Motown State of Mind by Lord Finesse on Apple Music — music.apple.com Listen to Lord Finesse Presents - Motown State of Mind by Lord Finesse on Apple Music. Stream songs including "I Wanna Be Where You Are (Underboss Remix)", "I Want You (Underboss Remix)" and more.
Wading In Waist-High Water by Fleet Foxes on Apple Music — music.apple.com Song · 2:15 · 2020 · Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free.
Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was by Bright Eyes on Apple Music — music.apple.com Listen to Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was by Bright Eyes on Apple Music. Stream songs including "Pageturners Rag", "Dance and Sing" and more.
Bonny Light Horseman (feat. Eric D. Johnson, Josh Kaufman, & Anais Mitchell) by Bonny Light Horseman on Apple Music — music.apple.com Listen to Bonny Light Horseman (feat. Eric D. Johnson, Josh Kaufman, & Anais Mitchell) by Bonny Light Horseman on Apple Music. Stream songs including "Bonny Light Horseman (feat. Eric D. Johnson, Josh Kaufman, & Anais Mitchell)", "Deep In Love (feat. Eric D. Johnson, Josh Kaufman, & Anais Mitchell)" and more.
📊 Some Newsletter Stats
Subscribers: I started this newsletter on June 6th with 289 subscribers (imported from my blog gatheringinlight.com). Since that time we've increased by almost 100 subscribers (we're at 376 now). The newsletter averages a 41% open rate, which isn't too bad considering average open rates are anywhere between 19-26%.
Guests: We had three guests: Maia Dery, Ashley Wilcox, and Gwen Erickson write, which you all responded to well considering the open rates (Ashley's was one of the most opened newsletters of the year) and sharing that took place.
Donations: 6 People donated to this work 9 times using the buymeacoffee.com service I've been using for fundraising. Thank you to all of you who were able to support this work in this way. If you are interested in donating or hiring me for lectures, pulpit supply, or other freelance work please see my buymeacoffee.com page for more information on all that.
The Top 5 Most Read Newsletters from 2020
🔗 The 5 Interlocking Evils | Revue — newsletter.remixingfaith.com Resisting Empire, Remixing Faith - Dear Friends,I hope that your week was good and that you remain safe and healthy. These are difficult times and with the elect
🚚 To Move Beyond Quaker Values | Revue — newsletter.remixingfaith.com Resisting Empire, Remixing Faith - Dear Friends,I hope that you are all safe and well. I know that many of you reading this are currently being impacted the fire
🚺 Hearing Women's Voices | Revue — newsletter.remixingfaith.com Resisting Empire, Remixing Faith - Greetings Friends,Today, I've invited my good friend and collaborator Ashley Wilcox to share with you about some of the work
🏁 Where We Begin | Revue — newsletter.remixingfaith.com Resisting Empire, Remixing Faith - Friends,Happy Friday to you all and I hope it is as gorgeous wherever you are as it is here in Greensboro, North Carolina. Las
🐏 Liturgies of Empire and Resistance | Revue — newsletter.remixingfaith.com Resisting Empire, Remixing Faith - Greetings Friends,I trust that you are all staying strong and healthy and hope that you tuned into the Poor People's Campaign
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🐦 Tweet Thread of the Week
A highlight reel of podcasts, interviews, and other things that took place in relation to my book, Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance last year.
Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance — www.barclaypressbookstore.com Resisting Empire, The Book of Revelation as Resistance, C. Wess Daniels
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🔗 Dress Down Friday Links
The latest from @GuilfordCollege, which reversed itself on its plan to make deep cuts to majors and faculty https://t.co/DU8EMXnIX9"
Revisiting ‘The Last Battle’: C.S. Lewis’ Narnia tale for our times — religionnews.com (RNS) — C.S. Lewis’ often overlooked final chapter of the Chronicles of Narnia still speaks to us today.
📆 Upcoming Events
Some events I think you might be interested in:
Course from Ben Wood, Quaker Scholar, on Disability Theology.
“Join me in February for 'Eucharistic Bodies: Quaker Disabled Theology in Secular Times': https://t.co/PTvbi6HpK5”
I will be teaching two courses at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre this Spring
9th February 2021 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This is a one day "teaser" session for the full course (below). It is free and open to everyone. Please register.
Whose side is God on? What does God say about empire, especially when Empire uses God to justify so much of what it does? In our day, “religion” has often been taken as a negative or limiting connotation because of these connections between “God” and empire. Can Friends find new ways of talking about religion, ... Read more
14th April 2021 - 19th May 2021 (£72.00)
This course is open to any and everyone. Please register using the link below.
This is the full course that will run 4 weeks. We will meet once a week for 1.5 hours and look at topics like the 5 interlocking evils, the book of Revelation, Jesus Against empire, and more.
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