What Canst Thou Say? (WCTS) is a worship-sharing group in print for Quakers with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. WCTS is produced cooperatively by a group of Friends who, themselves, have felt the movement of the Spirit and who wish to deepen their understanding by interacting with others. Over the years of publication more than twenty Friends have been a part of the editorial and production team and hundreds of Friends in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain have shared their stories.
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August 2013Literature as Revelation
Guest Editor: Bill Mueller with Mike Resman
Deadline: May 15, 2013
Has the Bible, or any other kind of literature, ever brought you face-to-face with the human condition, the Great Spirit (Living God), an ineffable sense of beauty, and/or a sense of union with everything in creation? How was this revelation different from other kinds? Did this experience change your life? Was the change temporary, or permanent, or both? What spiritual literature most speaks to your condition, and why? Share your stories, and the passages that changed you, with our readers.
Trials and Temptations
Editor: Mike Resman
Deadline: August 15, 2013
"For my sighing comes like my bread, and my groanings are poured out like water" (Job 3:24). Despite some discomfort, difficult times can be powerful vehicles propelling us along our spiritual path. Have you known trials that changed your relationship with God? What lessons have temptations taught; and did you learn because you resisted, or because you gave in? Can you offer a guiding hand to others who may be struggling?
February 2014Spirit-led Writing
Guest Editor: Carol Roth with Judy Lumb
Deadline: November 15, 2013
“Thus saith the Lord..." What is your experience with spirit-led writing? Have you felt the hand of God in your writing? Have you ever received what you thought was channeled material? How did you feel while it was happening? How did you discern whether it was ego or truth? Did you keep it to yourself, or share it with others? How did you feel about sharing it? In what setting did you share it, and what was the response? What do you think now?
May 2014Holding On and Letting Go
Editor: Michael Resman
Deadline: February 15, 2013
"Rich man through the eye of the needle. Matthew 19: 24. When do you hang on and when do you let go of anger, resentment, fear, possessions, past hurts, ideas, relationships, addictions, habits, distractions? What has helped you keep making healthier choices? What has made it more difficult? Share your stories of hanging on and letting go.
August 2014Sacred Places
Guest Editor: Kathy Tapp with Judy Lumb
Deadline: May 15, 2013
Sacred places each have their own story, presence and energy; yet what they really do is help us access the sacred place within ourselves. They lead us to our connection with God/Spirit/ Light. Tell us about that place of comfort, inspiration, healing, whether it be in Assisi or your own backyard, that place where you have gone 'on pilgrimage'. Why did you go? What was it like? Were you alone, or with others? Has a revelation come to you in your sacred place?
November 2014Religious Wounding
Guest Editor: Michael Resman and Mariellen Gilpin
Deadline: August 15, 2013
Have you been wounded or outraged by religious language, concepts, or institutions? Have you been guilted, condemned, or humiliated due to your beliefs or practices? Did that alter your connection with God? Do you still need to insulate yourself from any reminders of the language, concepts, or institutions of your religious past? What has helped you heal, or what would help you heal? Have you been able to reconcile with those who wounded or offended you? How did that reconciliation take place?
What Canst Thou Say is a worship-sharing group in print. Its richness comes from the generous sharing of readers with one another. WCTS has a vision—we want to tell the world God is much more various and wonderful than our skeptical culture allows. We hope to help Friends be tender and open to the Spirit. We need your experience—it may be just what someone else needs to know!
Articles that best communicate to our readers generally focus on specific events and are written in the first person. There is a special richness when the writer goes beyond describing the experience and tells how it has changed her or his attitude or behavior.
We welcome submissions of articles of 350-1500 words and artwork—line drawings or artwork suitable for black and white reproduction—that illustrate the theme of an issue, or that we might retain for use in future issues. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format and artwork in high resolution jpeg files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted. Send via email to <email@example.com> or diskette, or hard copy to WCTS, 818 W. Columbia, Champaign, IL 61820.
All authors and artists retain copyright to their articles and artwork published in WCTS. WCTS retains the right to publish initially and also to reprint in WCTS anthologies. If you want to reprint an article from WCTS, please contact us for permission.
We invite you to be part of our worship-sharing group in print.
—The Editorial Team of WCTS: Mariellen Gilpin, Judy Lumb, Pat McBee, Mike Resman, Eleanor Warnock
What Canst Thou Say? is an independent publication by and for Quakers with an interest in mystical experience and contemplative practice. It’s published in August, November, February, and May. The current editorial and production team is Lissa Field, Mariellen Gilpin, Lieselotte Heil, Richard Himmer, Chris Johns, Joan Johnston, Judy Lumb, Patricia McBee, Grayce Mesner, Eleanor Warnock and Wayne Yarnall. Click here to email WCTS