Future Issues

Each issue of What Canst Thou Say? is organized around a particular theme. Use the following themes and associated queries to spur your creativity and organize your thoughts. Then send us your story!


August 2018      Angry with God

November 2018         Buried Treasure: Insights from My Ancestors

February 2019     Being with the Dying

May 2019

August 2019

November 2019





August 2018 Angry with God
Editor: Mike Resman

“The arrows of the Almighty find their mark in me, and their poison soaks into my spirit. God’s onslaughts wear me away. … Oh how shall I find help within myself? The power to help myself is out of my reach.” ―Job 6: 4,13. Have you been angry with God? Why did you become angry with God? How was your anger with God resolved? How has your anger with God altered you spiritual experiences.                                                 Deadline May 15, 2018

November 2018 Other Lives
Guest Editor: Betty Brody with Pamela Richards

A reflection on the lives of our ancestors can help us construct an awareness of the whole fabric of who we are. To be whole is to be healed on a deep level. What spiritual or emotional journeys have been inspired by learning about the lives of your family members who have passed on? Whether you have experienced them as positive or negative, what gifts of healing, awareness, challenges, teaching or inspiration have you received from family members?                                     Deadline August 15, 2018

February 2019 Being with the Dying
Guest Editor: Susan Greenler with Mike Resman

How then shall we live?  Have you supported loved ones with their final journey on earth? How have you and they faced this holy time: creating space for a hope that is ever changing and sharing what needs to be shared in words, touch, or through hearts?  How may we and our loved ones feel complete with this life, softening into a future that will be forever changed, living into this time, moment by moment.          Deadline November 15, 2018

May 2019 Eldership
Guest Editor: Alison Levie with Mike Resman

And dear people of God, be tender over the least breathings of God’s Spirit in one another and all wait to be clothed with a healing Spirit. ---William Dewsbury

What is your experience with spiritual eldership? Has someone acted as a “midwife to your soul? Have you witnessed Friends speaking both kindly and clearly in response to Friends' choices? Have you seen the skills needed for this important role nurtured? Does Spirit-led eldering deepen the faithful vitality of Friends meetings?                                        Deadline February 15, 2019

August 2019 Discernment
Guest Editor: Marcia Nelson with Mariellen Gilpin

"There is a sense in which growth in the spiritual life comes precisely in faithful exercise of whatever capacity for discernment we are given. That is: as far as we are able, we practice an ongoing intentional openness and prayerful attentiveness to intimations of divine presence and guidance, both inwardly and in outward life and relationships." (From Spiritual Discernment, Patricia Loring) 

How have you experienced discernment? What tests of discernment have you used? How have you distinguished discernment from ordinary thinking? In what way(s) has discernment made a difference for you?                  Deadline May 15, 2019