Doug Bennett
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All Hail Max Carter

May 18, 2015I had the good fortune to be at the Guilford College Commencement on Saturday: a joyful ceremony on a sun-dappled day. (I was there to celebrate the graduation of my nephew, James Alexander Trout.)The day had additional resonance for me because it marked the final commencement for Max Carter, Director of the Friends…See More
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Should We Record Ministers?

May 13, 2015If we believe that all are called to ministry, should Yearly Meetings specially record some people as ministers?When a group of meetings were set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting a few years ago and then formed the New Association of Friends, they had the challenge of working out all the arrangements…See More
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Olivia commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Beside the Volcano in Indiana: What I’m Learning About Schisms Among Friends'
"Thank you, Doug...   and Steven's comment here was clarifying for me so thank you, Steven too.  I was thinking that this is all a matter of who values being on the right path, versus who values being in relationship with one…"
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"thanks for the update.  Please continue to keep us up to date."
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God and King, Word and Sword

            I have been taking Jacob L. Wright’s Coursera MOOC called “The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose and Political Future.” Wright is a professor of religion at Emory University, and I’ve joined thousands of others with widely varying motivations in taking this course.  (I hear these diverse purposes in the course’s on-line discussions and forums.)            Wright uses the course to argue a point of view…See More
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Doug Bennett commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?'
"Thanks, Tom, for your story. I especially liked this: "It seems to me many Quakers begin seeking Quakerism long before they find it or perhaps it finds them.""
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Tom Gottshalk commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?'
"How I became a Friend seems easier to know than why. My short answer to why is: I became a Friend because I gave in to my love of God. That appears short and simple but I arrived at the point of giving in after a life time of…"
6th month 17, 2014
Doug Bennett commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?'
"That's true for me, too, Jay, and thanks for mentioning this.  An important aspect of waiting worship as a spiritual practice for me is the gathering with others. Worshipping with others deepens the experience for me immeasurably. It not…"
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Jay Thatcher commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?'
"The relationship with my meeting is important to me.  I discover Truth through being part of that group of Friends.  When I became a member, a lot of the motivation was about that relationship. "
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Doug Bennett commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?'
"Thanks for the questions, Keith.  Asked what he believed, someone once said “everything I can.” I’d say the same thing. On the one hand I have a deep, unshakeable conviction that there is a truth to be known and a goodness to…"
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Keith Saylor commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?'
"Hello Doug, These words from your piece stirred inside me: "These two, being a seeker and having confidence that God will speak to me today, are what I mean by an orientation." Are you willing expound on what you mean by, that is, what…"
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I am a member of First Friends in Richmond, IN, and now live in Topsham, Maine. I am currently President Emeritus and Professor of Politics Emeritus at Earlham. I have a wife, Ellen, and two sons: Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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All Hail Max Carter

Posted on 5th mo. 18, 2015 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

May 18, 2015

I had the good fortune to be at the Guilford College Commencement on Saturday: a joyful ceremony on a sun-dappled day. (I was there to celebrate the graduation of my nephew, James Alexander Trout.)

The day had additional resonance for me because it marked the final commencement for Max…

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Should We Record Ministers?

Posted on 5th mo. 13, 2015 at 8:16pm 0 Comments

May 13, 2015

If we believe that all are called to ministry, should Yearly Meetings specially record some people as ministers?

When a group of meetings were set off from Indiana Yearly Meeting a few years ago and then formed the New Association of Friends, they had the challenge of working out all…

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God and King, Word and Sword

Posted on 6th mo. 26, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

            I have been taking Jacob L. Wright’s Coursera MOOC called “The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose and Political Future.” Wright is a professor of religion at Emory University, and I’ve joined thousands of others with widely varying motivations in taking this course.  (I hear these diverse purposes in the course’s on-line discussions and forums.)

            Wright uses the course to argue a…

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Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?

Posted on 6th mo. 4, 2014 at 11:00am 6 Comments

I became a Quaker in the mid-1970s, joining Germantown Friends Meeting. Hardly a week has gone by since that I haven’t wondered why I was a Friend. I wonder what that means to me, and I wonder how that may (or may not) come across to others.

It’s odd being a Quaker; people view you as odd if you are one. For myself, I’ve never particularly wanted either the weirdness that some attach to Quakers nor the honorific that others attach. For more than a decade before joining I struggled…

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At 1:01pm on 7th mo. 5, 2012, Mackenzie said…

I read your "plea to read the Bible together" in Friends Journal the other day. It was very well-written. Thank you.

I remember one time having someone tell me that "oh no, I know what the Bible says, Sodom & Gomorrah!" to which I paraphrased a line of Ezekiel back to him: the sin of Sodom was that of pride, fullness of bread, and not holding up the poor and needy. He asked if Ezekiel was in the Bible.

At 11:28am on 4th mo. 6, 2011, Paula Deming said…

Welcome!

Thy fFriend Paula (mother of Earlham '04 grad Elaine Banvard)

 
 
 

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