James Cone’s ‘A Black Theology of Liberation’ and white liberal Quakerism

Every now and again I encounter a book that gives me such a jolt it demands to be talked about. I've just finished James Cone's 'A Black Theology of Liberation', first published in 1970, and it has stirred me up. I found it both exciting and disturbing, and I need to process what I've read. … Continue reading James Cone’s ‘A Black Theology of Liberation’ and white liberal Quakerism

Setting aside white guilt

In my work around issues of race and whiteness with Quakers, it’s not uncommon to hear white people express an overwhelming feeling of guilt. Learning about whiteness – discovering your nation’s history of colonialism, realising how you’ve benefitted from the  privileges of whiteness , remembering the times you didn’t challenge a racist comment, facing your … Continue reading Setting aside white guilt

Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Ch 4 & 6: Now is the cool of the day

In May 2019, the annual Swarthmore Lecture was given by Eden Grace, a member of New England Yearly Meeting and Director of Global Ministries for Friends United Meeting (FUM). Eden’s lecture was entitled ‘On earth as it is in heaven: The Kingdom of God and the yearning of creation.’ I’m blogging my reflections on the lecture, chapter by … Continue reading Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Ch 4 & 6: Now is the cool of the day

Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Ch 3: Beginning, end, and new beginning

In May 2019, the annual Swarthmore Lecture was given by Eden Grace, a member of New England Yearly Meeting and Director of Global Ministries for Friends United Meeting (FUM). Eden’s lecture was entitled ‘On earth as it is in heaven: The Kingdom of God and the yearning of creation.’ I’m blogging my reflections on the lecture, chapter by … Continue reading Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Ch 3: Beginning, end, and new beginning

Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Ch 2: Staying low

In May 2019, the annual Swarthmore Lecture was given by Eden Grace, a member of New England Yearly Meeting and Director of Global Ministries for Friends United Meeting (FUM). Eden’s lecture was entitled ‘On earth as it is in heaven: The Kingdom of God and the yearning of creation.’ I’m blogging my reflections on the lecture, chapter by … Continue reading Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Ch 2: Staying low

Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Ch 1: The Kingdom is come and coming

In May 2019, the annual Swarthmore Lecture was given by Eden Grace, a member of New England Yearly Meeting and Director of Global Ministries for Friends United Meeting (FUM). Eden’s lecture was entitled ‘On earth as it is in heaven: The Kingdom of God and the yearning of creation.’ I'm blogging my reflections on the lecture, chapter by … Continue reading Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Ch 1: The Kingdom is come and coming

Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Introduction

In May 2019, the annual Swarthmore Lecture was given by Eden Grace, a member of New England Yearly Meeting and Director of Global Ministries for Friends United Meeting (FUM). Eden's lecture was entitled 'On earth as it is in heaven: The Kingdom of God and the yearning of creation.' This lecture set out a solid, … Continue reading Reading the 2019 Swarthmore Lecture – Introduction

Finding a good way to talk about evil

A shorter version of this article first appeared in 'The Friend' on 20 April 2017. I find British Quakers reluctant to talk about evil. Can we use the words ‘evil’ and ‘sin’ in a way that is helpful and life affirming? The writers of Twelve Quakers and Evil (2006) show a strong desire to understand evil … Continue reading Finding a good way to talk about evil