Reflections on the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture. Part 3 – Cheap Quakerism and Living Tradition

Here’s part three of a series of posts reflecting on Ben Pink Dandelion’s Swarthmore Lecture – ‘Open for transformation: being Quaker’. In part one, I reflected on Ben’s call for clarity and his description of Quakerism as a journey of individual and communal transformation. In part two I wrote about the theological pluralism of contemporary … Continue reading Reflections on the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture. Part 3 – Cheap Quakerism and Living Tradition

Reflections on the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture. Part 2 – Being honest about the stories we tell

Here’s part two of a series of posts reflecting on the book of Ben Pink Dandelion’s Swarthmore Lecture - ‘Open for transformation: being Quaker’. You can find part one here. A sentiment I have often heard is that Quakers don’t do, or need, theology. It’s true that you don’t need a degree in theology to … Continue reading Reflections on the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture. Part 2 – Being honest about the stories we tell

Reflections on the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture. Part 1 – Seeking clarity on being Quaker

Last August, whilst travelling among Friends in the US, I listened online to Ben Pink Dandelion’s Swarthmore Lecture, delivered to a crowd of Quakers at (British) Yearly Meeting Gathering. As with the previous year’s lecture by Gerald Hewitson, I felt strongly affirmed in my individual Quaker identity, and challenged in my commitment to Quakerism as … Continue reading Reflections on the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture. Part 1 – Seeking clarity on being Quaker

Friends of Jesus Fellowship and Quaker Renewal UK

The Spirit moved in mysterious ways and sent us on a 1,300 mile journey. After much indecision about whether we should go to the Friends of Jesus Fellowship (FoJF) Fall gathering in Ohio, we decided it was too far, too expensive, and just plain unworkable. Resigned to a quiet weekend on the land, we got … Continue reading Friends of Jesus Fellowship and Quaker Renewal UK