The purpose of the Quaker Theological Discussion Group is to explore the meaning and implications of our Quaker faith and religious experience through discussion and publication. This search for unity in the claim of truth upon us concerns both the content and application of our faith.
Call for Papers
Quaker Theological Discussion Group at American Academy of Religion, Denver CO
November 16, 2018
The Impact of World War I on Quaker Thought and Practice
To commemorate the global World War I Centenary that concludes at the end of this year, the QTDG invites paper proposals on a wide range of topics related to the impact of the war – including its lead up and aftermath – upon Quaker thought in the Twentieth Century. Papers would explore: Quaker thought and action related to peace, justice, and violence: new theological trends to emerge from the impact of the war: and new organizations for relief work in Europe, reflected in the work of leading Quaker voices and activists such as Henry Cadbury, William Hull, Rufus Jones, Neave Brayshaw, Ruth Fry and many others.
QTDG will be meeting for our annual gathering on Friday November 17, 2017 during AAR in Boston this year. Here is the schedule:
Session 1: Friday Nov. 17 4:30-6:00
Quakers and Public Theology
Understanding the Quakers’ Expansive Conception of Rights Through the Activism of John Dickinson, 1760-1800: Jane Calvert, University of Kentucky
Anthony Benezet’s anti-slavery writings: Jon Kershner, University of Lancaster
Beyond the Bureaucracy: The True Purpose of Quaker Yearly Meetings, Robin Mohr
Session 2: Friday Nov. 17, 7:00-9:00
History and Interpretations of Quakerism
Primitive Christianity Revived: Paul Anderson, George Fox University
Barclay’s Christology: Madeleine Ward, University of Oxford
Rufus Jones’ Interpretation of Quakerism: Dan Randazzo, University of Birmingham
Response: Jeff Dudiak, The King’s University, Edmonton
Please contact us if you have any questions.
We are looking forward to the upcoming Quaker Theological Discussion Group (November 19-22) taking place at the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, TX.
We will hold two sessions on Friday, November 18 from 4:30-9pm in the La Princessa Room at the Hilton Palacio del Rio.
Session 1: “Hybridity and Multi-Religious Belonging among Quakers” 4:30:00 PM to 6:00:00 PM
- Michael Birkel, Earlham School of Religion
- Jennifer Buck, Azusa Pacific University
- Dan Randazzo, University of Birmingham
- Jeff Dudiak, The King’s University, Edmonton, Canada
Session 2: Review of Early Quakers and Their Theological Thought 7:00:00 PM to 9:00:00 PM
- Jon Kershner, University of Lancaster
- Leah Payne, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
- Paul Anderson, George Fox University
- Madeleine Ward, University of Oxford
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta this year for our annual Quaker Theological Discussion group! This year we will be reviewing C. Wess Daniel’s, A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture.
Friday, Nov. 20, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Marriott, room L402.
Moderator: Carole Spencer, Earlham School of Religion
Response: C. Wess Daniels, Guilford College 15 mins.
British, Irish, European, and Pacific Rim Perspectives
Friends in Britain Ben Pink Dandelion
Friends in Ireland and Europe Johan Maurer
Friends in Asia-West Pacific Gerard Guiton
North American Perspectives
Friends General Conference Thomas Swain
Friends United Meeting Sylvia Graves
Conservative Friends William F. Rushby
Evangelical Friends Wayne Evans
African and Asian Perspectives
Friends in Eastern Africa Ann K. Riggs
Friends in Central Africa D. Elizabeth Todd
Friends in India and Asia Ron Stansell
South and Central American Perspectives
Friends in South America Harold Thomas
Friends in Central America D. Gene Pickard
The Future of Quakers in Central America Alvin and Lucy Anderson (ed. Paul Anderson)
The British Quaker Survey 2013 Ben Pink Dandelion
Review of Paul Buckley, The Essential Elias Hicks T. Vail Palmer Jr.
Tribute to T. Canby Jones
Remembering T. Canby Jones Ron Rembert
Tribute to Canby Jones (a poem) Arthur O. Roberts
Here is the schedule for the upcoming QTDG.
Theme: Quakers in Britain and the Review of Paul Anderson’s Following Jesus
Stephen Angell, Earlham School of Religion, Presiding
Friday – 7:00 PM-9:00 PM; Marriott Inner Harbor, Grand Ballroom E & F
This session will involve two parts, first a paper on British Quakerism and then a book review of Following Jesus: The Heart of Faith and Practice, followed by the author’s response. Discussions will follow each half of the session.
Ben Pink Dandelion, University of Birmingham
The British Quaker Survey 2013: Believing and Belonging within Secularizing Society
Paul Anderson, George Fox University
Following Jesus: The Heart of Faith and Practice
Michael Willett Newheart, Howard University
Biblical Bases and Engagements
Carole Dale Spencer, Earlham School of Religion
Quaker Themes and Interpretations
Peter Heltzel, New York Theological Seminary
Ecumenical Implications for Radical Discipleship
Quaker Studies Exploratory Session
Theme: Book Review Session on The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (2013)
Carole Dale Spencer, Earlham School of Religion, Presiding
Sunday – 1:00 PM-2:30 PM; Convention Center 342
This session is devoted to examining The Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (ed. by Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion, Oxford University Press, 2013), a collection of 37 original articles by the foremost authorities in Quaker Studies. Its scope is global and interdisciplinary, and it is divided into four major parts: the history of Quakerism; Quaker theology and spirituality; Quaker witness; and Quakers’ broader engagement with culture. Questions under consideration include: What contributions does this book make to the genre of denominational studies? What is its significance for the study of comparative forms of mysticism? What contributions does it make toward understanding Quaker origins and development? Afterward, a business meeting will be held to ascertain interest in an ongoing AAR Quaker Studies Group.
Matthew Hedstrom, University of Virginia
Ann K. Riggs, Friends Theological College, Kenya
Jon Kershner, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Paul Anderson, George Fox University
Stephen Ward Angell, Earlham School of Religion
Pink Dandelion, University of Birmingham