Doug Bennett
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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
6th month 26
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.""
6th month 18
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
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…"
6th month 9
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. "
6th month 8
Daniel Francis liked Doug Bennett's blog post Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?
6th month 7
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…"
6th month 4
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…"
6th month 4
Doug Bennett posted a blog post

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

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 with the…See More
6th month 4
Doug Bennett commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Who Speaks for Peace on Memorial Day?'
"Here in Topsham/Brunswick, we did have a group called Peaceworks march in the parade. They are a coalition of local organizations focused on peace efforts. Right behind them came a group called Veterans for Peace. I’m glad they were in the…"
6th month 3
richard morgan commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Who Speaks for Peace on Memorial Day?'
" My take on it ( and I hear where you're coming from-living in NY I envy the nice quality of life- and sense of community involving all-  that I'm sure Down easters enjoy. For me anyway being a bit of a rebel -ie having a…"
6th month 3
richard morgan commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Who Speaks for Peace on Memorial Day?'
" In several parades here in Long island NY Veterans for peace members march. In addition in the Bellport Long Island Ny memorial day Parade- the South Country peace group and Women in Black march and usually are quite well received by the…"
6th month 3
Doug Bennett posted a blog post

Who Speaks for Peace on Memorial Day?

For a Quaker, what’s the right approach to Memorial Day? Is it a day to celebrate? A day to witness against? A day not even to notice?  Every Memorial Day, from morning to evening, I wonder about this. Here in Topsham/Brunswick, Maine we have an iconic Memorial Day celebration. There’s a ceremony in Topsham at the town hall/fire station to mark the occasion, then a very locally-flavored parade that marches down Main Street (Topsham), crosses the Androscoggin River, then continues down Maine…See More
5th month 26
Laura Scattergood liked Doug Bennett's blog post Characteristics of Quakers
5th month 3
Forrest Curo commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Five Snippets'
"Each person is "God-breathed," but some of our output is better than some of our other output. Same with the Bible, which was given much of its final form by the priests who ruled Israel as a Temple-state under the Persian Empire. [When I…"
2nd month 9
Ken Baxter commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Five Snippets'
"God-breathed. As Origin of Species, or any number of other works, was 'God-breathed.' My opinion (or am I led by God?) is that reading and using the Bible as practically a fetish is often minimally a disservice to relating to God. "
2nd month 9

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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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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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Who Speaks for Peace on Memorial Day?

Posted on 5th mo. 26, 2014 at 8:30pm 3 Comments

For a Quaker, what’s the right approach to Memorial Day? Is it a day to celebrate? A day to witness against? A day not even to notice?  Every Memorial Day, from morning to evening, I wonder about this.

 Here in Topsham/Brunswick, Maine we have an iconic Memorial Day celebration. There’s a ceremony in Topsham at the town hall/fire station to mark the occasion, then a very locally-flavored parade that marches down Main Street (Topsham), crosses the Androscoggin River, then continues…

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Christmas Story V: Afterthoughts

Posted on 12th mo. 28, 2013 at 12:18pm 0 Comments

This is the sixth and last of a series of posts on the Christmas story in the gospels. The first one concerned Matthew’s account, the second concerned Mark’s account, the…

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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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