Wednesday, Apr 19, 2023 4:00p -

BU School of Theology
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Boston, MA 02215

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Friendly Witness: The Spiritual Ground of Quaker Social Action

A hybrid conference exploring what the contemplative religious tradition of Quakerism has to say about social action.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

4 PM - 9 PM (ET) | Zoom and Onsite

What is this conference?

What does the contemplative tradition of Quakerism have to offer the world in terms of social action? In this conference, exploring Friendly Witness, we will bring together a few Quaker scholars and practitioners to engage in conversation about this question. The conference will provide a collaborative academic-activist venue for people who are curious about Quaker theology to engage with scholars and practitioners about past influences and current concerns. 


Our speakers will explore the ways in which Quaker conceptions of Spirit, spiritual disciplines, and testimonies on peace, ecology, equality, and justice play out in lives and communities. 


Co-sponsored by Boston University School of Theology, Beacon Hill Friends House, and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, this conference is an academic and community partnership in understanding the implications of Quaker theology for practical action. 

The details

Who is invited: Everyone interested in exploring these questions! We encourage Quakers and non-Quakers alike to attend. 


Note that you can attend as much or as little as you’d like! 


Cost: This conference is free and open to the public


Location: Hybrid! 

Plenary Presentation: 4 PM (ET)

An Ever-Branching River: The Beautiful Watersheds of Quaker Theology

Dr. Christy Randazzo

Panels: 7 PM - 9 PM (ET)

Panel 1 | 7 - 8 PM

Schism, Sanctuary, & Transformation

Mystics and Evangelicals: The Theological Backstory to Recent Schisms in Quaker Churches

Stephen Angell

Leatherock professor of Quaker studies, Earlham School of Religion

James A. Corbett, Quaker Spirituality, and the Sanctuary Movement

Rady Roldan-Figueroa

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, BU School of Theology 

Becoming the Quakers the World Needs

Robin Mohr

Executive Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas 

Panel 2 | 8 - 9 PM

Ecotheology, Social Action, & Imagination

Quakers and Eco-spirituality

Cherice Bock

Adjunct professor of ecotheology at Portland Seminary; leader of the Oregon Interfaith Power & Light at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon 

Listening to the still small voice: How Quakerism shows up in life and action at Beacon Hill Friends House

Jennifer Newman

Program Director, Beacon Hill Friends House 

Rufus Jones, Howard Thurman, and the Sin of Segregation

Welling Hall

Earlham Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies Emerita and BHFH Quaker Fellow

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