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.
The corpus of Quaker women’s history and literature offers one of the most fascinating studies of gender across all centuries and continents. This small group of women pioneers, activists, prophets, and writers has often been at the grassroots of revolutionary movements, fuelling and propelling the way for global, monumental change. The 2018 release of Michele Lise Tarter and Catie Gill’s New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650 – 1800 (Oxford University Press) demonstrates the potential for strong, innovative interdisciplinary scholarship on the influence of these women. This project seeks to follow that successful volume and its focus on gender in Quaker studies to gather an interdisciplinary body of writers with a shared interest in reassessing nineteenth-century Quaker women, highlighting new discoveries and interpretations about their literary creation, historical landmarks, and transatlantic movements.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Women and the expansion of Quakerism
- Women’s socio-political positions within Quaker theology and culture
- Women and nineteenth-century religious schism
- Women’s Meetings (as a site of power, autonomy, change)
- Women and Quaker print culture
- Women on the margins of Quakerism (geographic or theological)
- Women and social reform (e.g. abolition, suffrage, prison reform)
- Women and war
- Women and Language
- Women and Prophetic Performance
- Religio-political writings by women, Autobiography and “convincement”
- Dissent and identity studies
- Women, leadership, and networking
- Lesser known Quaker women
- Women Friends’ influence on other religious sects and communities
Please submit proposals of approximately 500 words, along with a curriculum vita, to: Robynne Rogers Healey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Carole Dale Spencer (email@example.com) by 15 March 2019. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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