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Preparing for war: Are we ready?

ESR Professor of Peace and Justice Studies Lonnie Valentine shares a reflection on the importance - and timeliness - of conscientious objection to war:

With the love of war growing strong, what will follow after the attack on Syria, the “Mother of All Bombs” dropped on Afghanistan, and now the threats directed at North Korea?  As with all previous war-making, this US administration sees how the people praise war. …
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 7th mo. 21, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Reflections on a Sojourn in Switzerland: Time, Friendship, and Faith

In this reflection ESR MDiv student Anne M. Hutchinson shares about her recent visit to Switzerland: 
It’s hard to conceive of Switzerland without thinking of chalets, cheese, chocolate, cleanliness, and clocks. There are indeed chalets with their wide roofs and elaborate exterior wood carvings. However, La Chaux-de-Fonds, the town in which I stayed, is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 5th mo. 12, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments

“It is Well with My Soul”: A Journey of Grief and Faith

In this powerful reflection ESR MDiv student Anne M. Hutchinson shares about the loss of her son. 

Everything about that phone call felt wrong, even before I answered. It had started as an ordinary evening in April. I was in an empty classroom preparing for an English as a Second Language class that I was subbing for, when…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 1st mo. 11, 2017 at 9:08am — 4 Comments

Why not preach Philemon?

ESR's Stephen Angell delivered the following message during worship on September 6, 2016:
Although Paul’s epistle to Philemon is one of the Scriptural texts suggested by the Revised Common Lectionary for this week, I have never heard a sermon given on this text.…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 9, 2016 at 8:43am — No Comments

North Carolina Yearly Meeting: An ESR Visitor’s Standpoint

ESR's Steve Angell attended this summer's annual sessions of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (FUM), and shares his reflection on the gathering:
In separate conversations, two F(f)riends that I have known for a long time, Brent McKinney and Billy Britt, greeted me…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 8th mo. 25, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Summer Cushman: Remembering the Light Within

"I had the opportunity to travel to Whittier Friends Church outside of LA this past weekend. I was invited by the dean of my seminary (Earlham School of Religion or ESR) to come and speak about entrepreneurial ministry, which is a name being applied to ministers working outside of traditional church settings. It’s a growing reality and one…

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Hicks and Gurney Fight it Out at Silver Bay

Students in Steve Angell's "Creation of Modern Quaker Diversity" class this fall were asked to imagine a scenario in which Joseph John Gurney and Elias Hicks met up in a present-day context with which the students are familiar. Below is one of the resulting essays, from MDiv student John Edminster:

In the fantasy-narrative here unfolding,…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 11th mo. 6, 2015 at 9:31am — No Comments

John Connell reviews "Early Quakers And Their Theological Thought, 1647-1723"

2015 ESR graduate John Connell reviews the recent release, Early Quakers And Their Theological Thought, 1647-1723, co-edited by ESR's Stephen W. Angell and Pink Dandelion. 
The introduction of this volume, penned by editors Pink Dandelion and Stephen W. Angell, wastes no time in reminding readers why this is an important…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 10th mo. 22, 2015 at 8:40am — No Comments

Jesus, John and Daniel Striped Tiger

The following is the text of a message delivered during worship by ESR student Travis Etling on September 22, 2015. 

    Before we lived in Cornville, we lived in Tucson.  My cat Daniel was born in Tucson several years prior to the events in this story.  Daniel was the only orange striped cat born to a cat named Tabby Abby.  Tabby…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 30, 2015 at 8:22am — No Comments

ESR's Steve Angell reviews "Go Set a Watchman"

Harper Lee's new book, "Go Set a Watchman" (the title is from Isaiah 21:6), is her second published novel.  Her first novel, the highly acclaimed “To Kill A Mockingbird,” was published in 1960, some fifty-five years earlier.  “Go Set a Watchman” is set in the same fictional Alabama…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 7th mo. 15, 2015 at 1:38pm — No Comments

The Gift of Blessing

ESR Dean Jay Marshall delivered the following message during Earlham School of Religion Worship on April 29, 2015:

I consider blessing to be a subversive act. The disposition that chooses to encounter the other with affirmation and hope, instilling courage,…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 4th mo. 30, 2015 at 10:01am — No Comments

Steve Angell answers a Quaker Questionnaire

College student Samantha Siebert reached out to ESR's Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies Stephen Angell to complete a questionnaire on Quakerism for a project in her religion class. Below are her questions and his responses. Do you think he got all of the answers right?

Please describe a typical Quaker service. What takes place?…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 12th mo. 10, 2014 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

Quakers Are Mystics

ESR MA student Tracy Davis completed this essay for her Quaker Mysticism course with Carole Spencer.

Quakers are mystics. Friends testify to a communicative Creator who is both transcendent and immanent, present among us, even within us. Our practices of silent waiting worship, corporate…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 12th mo. 5, 2014 at 8:30am — 24 Comments

John Dear's Prompt

Thomas Swann reflects on Father John Dear's keynote lecture from ESR's 2014 Ministry of Writing Colloquium:

My back went soft in the presence of his spoken truth when I heard him quote Daniel Berrigan, an early and constant influence, "The point of this life is to make our story fit into the story of Jesus".  Oh my.  What a contrary flow of theology in…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 11th mo. 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

What is God?

ESR's Carole Spencer shares her reflections on leading a recent retreat on "Images of God":

A basic assumption of the workshop is that God is beyond all words and images, yet we need symbols and metaphors to be open to the mystery of the divine in which we live. A second assumption is that our language…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 10th mo. 31, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

Listening and Visioning

The following is the text of a message delivered during worship by ESR student Travis Etling as part of the ESR Board of Advisors meeting on September 28, 2014. 

I think that a robust religious imagination helps us to think about the future. Vision has to do with looking forward, looking outward. If contemplative…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 10th mo. 8, 2014 at 8:49am — No Comments

The Nonviolent Life

The following is a review of John Dear's book, The Nonviolent Life, by ESR student Christie Walkuski. Dear is the keynote speaker for ESR's 2014 Ministry of Writing Colloquium on October 31-November 1.  You can learn more about that event and register online hereAs we lead up to the Colloquium, you are invited to join the ESR community in reading The Nonviolent Life during the…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 10th mo. 1, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

2014 ESR and Bethany Opening Convocation Message

On Thursday, August 28th, ESR and Bethany Theological Seminary shared their opening convocation in Bethany's Nicarry Chapel. Students, faculty and staff joined together to worship and listen to the message presented by ESR Ministry of Writing Professor Ben Brazil. 

[L]iving in a…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 24, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

Why Do Quakers Have Testimonies?

ESR alum and current Richmond First Friends pastor Derek Parker delivered this message during worship there on Sunday, August 24, 2014:

[F]or many of us, when it came to religion, we were subtly taught never to ask “Why?”  Matters of faith were to be matters of certainty – not…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 12, 2014 at 9:03am — No Comments

Christians and the problem of torture

ESR graduate Scot Miller is currently working to complete a Doctorate of Ministry at Western Theological Seminary. This is the second in a series of essays that are meant to contribute to that project.

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 9th mo. 10, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

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