Philip Smith, QRT business manager, and Cherice Bock, QRT media manager, recently visited the QRT archives at George Fox University. Here’s a view of what it looks like when we go retrieve a copy to fill your order for back issues of QRT! You can order any of our previous issues, including the ones pictured here: Phil is displaying #67 (vol 23 no 1) from 1968 that featured Quaker thoughts on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and theology, and Cherice found vol 110 from 2008 and vol 116–117 from 2011, each featuring parts of her master’s thesis research on nonviolent theology and Romans 12–13. Order these and other back issues using our new online payment option!
We had a great time in San Diego a couple weeks back for the annual Quaker Theological Discussion Group meeting at the American Academy of Religion. There were a number of great papers given and stimulating discussions that followed. One of the highlights (this is Wess writing) was Cherice Bocks’ paper “Friends and Watershed Discipleship: Reconciling With People and the Land in Light of the Doctrine of Discovery.” Bock delivered this for the Quaker Studies Unit on Saturday morning and did an incredible job. Once it is published we will share a link here, you are going to want to read this. Finally, we want to welcome new members to the QTDG steering committee, all who were approved during our QTDG business meeting.
These photos are a throwback to last year’s Quaker Theological Discussion Group sessions and Quaker Studies Unit panel in Denver, CO at the American Academy of Religion! We heard papers by those whose work was published in the 2019 QRT issues, #132 and #133, and enjoyed times of scholarly fellowship around our shared Quaker nerdiness. We look forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow in San Diego!
Cherice Bock reviewed Gospel of the Absurd: Assemblies of Interpretation, Embodiment, and Faithfulness by R. Scot Miller for QRT Issue #133. A Friend and Earlham School of Religion grad (now ministering among Brethren), Miller does not write to a specifically Quaker audience, but “presents a Christian ethic based in the Bible and that belies his Friends perspective,” according to Bock. The review describes Miller’s Messianic care ethic, and discusses how Miller’s suggestion of faithful absurdity may be received by Friends today in both liberal and evangelical wings, intimating that neither may like what he has to say but it may be the kind of call all Friends need to hear. Order a copy of the review to learn more about this book and how it might speak to Friends.
The 20th anniversary edition of “Heaven on Earth: Quakers and the Second Coming,” by Ben Pink Dandelion, Douglas Gwyn, and Timothy Peat, was reviewed in the last QRT volume by Jay Miller. This post also includes a photo of the authors from ca. 1997 and ca. 2017!
Miller describes the book’s grounding in Peat’s biblical scholarship, along with analyses by Gwyn and Dandelion of the apocalyptic Quakerism and realising eschatology espoused by early Friends, and shifts in eschatological hermeneutics in subsequent centuries. Check out his review by purchasing your copy of QRT #133 here.
Jon Kershner wrote a review of William Penn, A Life, by Andrew R. Murphy (Oxford University Press, 2018), a book which marked the 300th anniversary of Penn’s death and focuses primarily on his political career. The text also “carefully corrects some of the previous mischaracterizations of the nature of the relationship between Lenape and the early Quaker settlers,” according to Kershner. Check out the rest of the review by purchasing a copy of QRT’s Fall 2019 issue here. Have you read William Penn, A Life? What did you think of it?
Oscar Lugusa Malande wrote “The Concept of Hierarchy and Doing Ministry in the Church: Evaluating the Roles of Leaders and the Use of Authority in Quakerism” for the Fall 2019 issue of QRT. With experience as a pastor and chaplain in Vihiga Yearly Meeting in Kenya, as well as teaching and serving as academic dean of Friends Theological College Kaimosi, he provides insight into the challenges and opportunities of the Friends understanding of authority and ministry leadership in general, and particularly how it is being received and interpreted in an African context. He interviewed Friends from several East Africa countries, and shares some of their opinions and insights. He also offers thoughts about the differences between pastors’ and clerks’ leadership, and the need for close collaboration.