https://bhfh.org/friendly-witness-the-spiritual-ground-of-quaker-social-action/ 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.
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
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
Leatherock professor of Quaker studies, Earlham School of Religion
James A. Corbett, Quaker Spirituality, and the Sanctuary Movement
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, BU School of Theology
Becoming the Quakers the World Needs
Executive Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas
Panel 2 | 8 - 9 PM
Ecotheology, Social Action, & Imagination
Quakers and Eco-spirituality
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
Program Director, Beacon Hill Friends House
Rufus Jones, Howard Thurman, and the Sin of Segregation
Earlham Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies Emerita and BHFH Quaker Fellow