Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

The Kindlings Muse

March 6, 2016

In 1999 a small group of friends set out to rekindle the spiritual, intellectual and creative legacy of Christians in culture. We had no idea what we were doing, but we knew God would lead us and we can report that God has been faithful as have been so many in the merry band of thoughtful creatives for whom God is of central importance.

Over time the Kindlings Muse podcasts, Kindlings Hearth Retreat, KindlingsFest and emerged as ways we could pursue our mission. As this sprawling movement became an organization it inevitably meant higher levels of complexity in our multiple programs, operations, fundraising and staffing.

This year we hit some challenges and the Board has made the following decisions.

After a time of prayerful discernment The Kindlings Board has decided the organization should take a sabbatical, a time of rest, to seek God’s will regarding the future of The Kindlings movement.

Effective February 12th, Dr. Jeff Keuss is no longer serving as Executive Director of The Kindlings. The Board would like to thank Jeff for his contribution of time and talent in this movement.

We are putting some operations on hold (Hearth Retreats, Hales Muse and KindlingsFest), but will maintain The Kindlings website and Dick Staub will continue to host the Earl Palmer podcast at the University of Washington.

As many are aware, The Kindlings has partnered closely with Orcas Island Community Church throughout the years. This church periodically hosts events that may interest you, so feel free to visit for what they may be planning.

Please join us in prayer as we consider what God has next for The Kindlings.

We cannot adequately express our gratitude for all our friends and supporters who contribute to this movement.

We welcome your questions or comments, please email:

Grace and Peace,

The Kindlings Board
Chris Lanier
Bill Kinnon
Imbi Kinnon
Tom Ritter
Kathy Staub
Dick Staub
Marty O’Donnell