Books by Seekers

Many members of Seekers Church have published books. Topics include spiritual growth, prayer and poetry, stages of life, church history, children’s fiction and gender identity. Here are introductions to some of our authors, with links to their work. Enjoy!

Authors in Seekers

Marjory Bankson Click here for more detail.

14 Book Bankson Stalking the SpiritStalking the Spirit in a Do-It-Yourself Church. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2014.  Ordering Information

This book is the story of Seekers Church, known for creative worship, an open pulpit, shared leadership, a strong matrix of mission groups, and generous giving.

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Creative Aging, Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World. 14 Book Bankson Creative AgingWoodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2011.  Ordering Information

Explores the spiritual dimensions of retirement and aging, offering creative ways to to share your gifts and experience, particularly when retirement leaves you questioning who you are when you are no longer defined by your career.

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14 Book Bankson Soulwork of ClayThe Soulwork of Clay: A Hands-On Approach to Spirituality (Photography by Peter Bankson). Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2008. Ordering Information 

Takes the reader through a seven-step process of making clay into a fired vessel, drawing parallels at each stage to the process of spiritual growth.

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Call to the Soul: Six Stages of Spiritual Development. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg 14 Book Bankson Call to the SoulFortress Press, 2004. Ordering Information

Describes the Cycle of Call (inward & outward dimensions) and the Spiral of Call (identity, work, gift and legacy).

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14 Book Bankson Braided StreamsBraided Streams: Esther and A Woman's Way Of Growing. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Books, 2005. Ordering Information

Explores how the spiritual, cultural and physical streams of life intersect for wholeness.

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14 Book Bankson Seasons of FriendshipSeasons of Friendship: Naomi and Ruth as a Pattern. Revised edition Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Books, 2005. Ordering Information

Draws on the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi, exploring what we can learn from their unique friendship that survived marriages and moves, death and displacement. The book proposes that we need different kinds of friendships in different seasons of our lives.

 

Peter Bankson Click here for more detail.    

The Soulwork of Clay: A Hands-On Approach to Spirituality (by Marjory Bankson; 14 Book Bankson Soulwork of Clayphotography by Peter.) Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2008. Ordering Information

Peter’s photographs illustrate the pottery in this book by Marjory.

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14 Book Sokolove Calling on GodCalling on God: Inclusive Christian Prayers for Three Years of Sundays (with Deborah Sokolove.) Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2014. Ordering Information

This special prayer book is for today’s Christians who find comfort in the rhythm of the traditional lectionary but long to connect with God in ways that are satisfying to the modern heart and mind.

 

Pat Conover Click here for more detail.

14 Book Conover transgender good newsTransgender Good News. Silver Spring, MD: New Wineskins Press. 2002. Available from New Wineskins Press (12 Wessex Rd., Silver Spring, MD, 20910) for $19.00.

Explores the physical, cultural and spiritual dimensions of the transgendered experience.

 

Emmy Lu Daly  Click here for more detail

16 Book Daly And Then AgainEmmy Lu is a lively, curious long-time member of Seekers Church. Her rich and varied life includes service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, many years of support for L’Arche community (where she helped establish one of the L’Arche communities in Northern Virginia, and entertaining younger veterans as a chanteuse at the VA Hospital in Washington DC.

And Then Again… . Washington DC, Emmy Lu Daly. 2015   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Muriel Lipp Click here for more detail

14 Book Lipp Secrets of the ForestSecrets of the Forest. (1995, Minneapolis, MN: T&N Publishing, 1995. Ordering Information  

When Roscoe goes camping with his family, he learns that he must be very quiet and patient to see any wild animals.

 

John Morris Click here for more detail.

14 Book Morris The Musician Approaching SleepThe Musician, Approaching Sleep. Loveland, OH: Dos Madres Press, 2010. Ordering Information

Poetry of deep composure, wrought in the face of what at every moment awaits in life to still the phrase, the line, the breath of the musician.

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16 J Morris When I Snap My FingersWhen I Snap My Fingers You Will Remember Everything. Ithica, NY / Berkley, CA, 2016. No Record Press. Ordering Information.

An anthology of previously published short fiction.

 

Deborah Sokolove Click here for more detail.

14 Book Sokolove Sanctifying ArtSanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation Between Artists, Theologians, and the Church. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013. Ordering Information

In showing the commonalities and distinctions among the various ways that artists themselves approach their work, Sanctifying Art can help the church talk about the arts in ways that artists will recognize.

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14 Book Sokolove Calling on GodCalling on God: Inclusive Christian Prayers for Three Years of Sundays. (with Peter Bankson). Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2014 Ordering Information

 

This special prayerbook is for today’s Christians who find comfort in the rhythm of the traditional lectionary but long to connect with God in ways that are satisfying to the modern heart and mind. Founded on creativity, inclusivity and sharing, it encourages us to remember the divine elements of the natural world around us as we express our hopes and fears for others and ourselves.

 

Seekers’ Alumni Authors

Ron Arms Click here for more detail.

14 Book Arms A Perfectly Flawed EffortA Perfectly Flawed Effort. Washington DC: Opus, Politics & Prose, 2012. Ordering Information. It is also available as a PDF from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

There is value in doing nothing. … Let who you are determine how you use what you have. Learn to wait.

 

Sonya Dyer Click here for more detail.

14 Book Dyer Growing Our Life TogetherGrowing Our Life Together (with Jackie McMakin) Available on line. Click Here.

A selection of prayers from the quarter-century of Sonya’s leadership, presiding at worship of Seekers Church.

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14 Book Dyer Working From the HeartWorking from the Heart (with Jackie McMakin) (2004: Potter’s House Book Service) Ordering Information

A pragmatic eight-step process for finding or creating meaningful work.

 

Jacqueline McMakin  Click here for more detail.

14 Book McMakin Doorways 1Encountering God in the Old Testament (with Rhoda Nary). Washington, DC: Potters House Book Service, 2004. Ordering Information

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14 Book McMakin Doorways 2Meeting Jesus in the New Testament (with Rhoda Nary). Washington, DC: Potter’s House Book Service, 2004. Ordering Information

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J14 Book McMakin Doorways 3ourneying With the Spirit (with Rhoda Nary).Washington, DC: Potter’s House Book Service, 2004. Ordering Information

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14 Book McMakin Doorways 4Discovering Your Gifts, Vision and Call (with Rhoda Nary). Washington, DC: Potter’s House Book Service, 2004. Ordering Information

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14 Book Dyer Working From the HeartWorking From the Heart (with Sonya Dyer). Washington, DC: Potter’s House Book Service, 2004. Ordering Information

A pragmatic eight-step process for finding or creating meaningful work.

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Gr14 Book Dyer Growing Our Life Togetherowing Our Life Together (Sonya Dyer with Jackie McMakin) Available on line. Click here.

A selection of prayers from the quarter-century of Sonya’s leadership, presiding at worship of Seekers Church.

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Our Defining Moment: A Call to Create the World We Truly Want. Global Renaissance. Ordering Information

 

Mary Clare Powell  Click here for more details.

14 Book Powell The WidowThe Widow. Washington DC: Anaconda Press,  Ordering Information   

A pictorial essay of Mary Clare’s mother Ruth Powell.

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14 Book Powell This Way Daybreak ComesThis Way Daybreak Comes: Women's Values and the Future (with A. Cheatham.) Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1986.  Ordering Information

Based on interviews with about 1000 North American women about the structures they were creating and living for the future.

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14 Book Powell Things Owls AteThings Owls Ate (Amherst Writers and Artists, Amherst, MA, 2001) Ordering Information

A first collection of poems.

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Academic Scat (Extra Virgin Press, 2002)  Ordering Information   

Poems from academia, published through a faculty grant fro Lesley University.

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14 Book Powell Arts Education and Social ChangeThe Arts, Education, and Social Change (Peter Lang Publishers, 2005) Anthology edited by Powell and Marcow-Speiser. Ordering Information

Based on the conviction that the arts as integrated into education can transform both teaching and learning, the artist/teachers who contributed to this book describe the effects of bringing arts into prisons, small rural communities in The Far East and Africa, public school classrooms, and teacher preparation in universities and in community arts organizations. Their stories describe how the arts overcome deep-seated conflicts, build skills and confidence, and empower and enliven participants.

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In the Living Room (Greenfield, MA: Extra Virgin Press, 2006)

Chapbook of poems about aging.

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Box of Water (Greenfield, MA: Extra Virgin Press, 2013) Ordering Information

Poems about God, light on water at the YMCA swimming pool.

 

 

Fred Taylor  Click here for more detail.

14 Book Taylor Roll Away the StoneRoll Away the Stone. Great Falls VA: Information International, 1999. Ordering Information

Draws on Fred’s deep spiritual roots and 30 years of work with families and on the streets of Washington, DC to illuminate how much work can be done to change the lives of children who are hidden from public view, growing up with no realistic possibility of a decent life.

 

Hollis Vail  Click here for more detail.

Essences of Love. Bethesda MD: Vail Associates, 1990.Ordering Information

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Eleven Threads Common to Loving Relationships. Available on-line. Click here.

The book explores themes about belonging that Hollis offered to us 20 years ago as we were becoming a separate congregation.