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

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