Report | QTDG 2019

The Quaker Theological Discussion Group (QTDG) met as an auxiliary meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) on Friday, November 22, 2019, in San Diego, CA. We held two panels on Friday afternoon and evening. On Saturday, a closely related organization, the Quaker Studies Program Unit, held one session at AAR, jointly sponsored with the Pentecostal–Charismatic Movements Unit. A number of these papers will appear in 2020 editions of Quaker Religious Thought, so subscribe to QRT today if you haven’t already!

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The Friday panels began with a group from George Fox University and Portland Seminary sharing on the topic: “Quaker Youth Ministry and Theopraxis in a Multicultural Context.” Presenters included Roger Nam, Trisha Welstad, Steve Sherwood, Leah Payne, Joel Mayward, and Hannah Souter. Nim Njunga joined us via video chat from London, England as an excellent respondent to the panel (you can see him pictured on the wall behind the panelists in the above photos). The panelists shared about a theology conference for high school youth they have been holding at George Fox University for the last several summers called Theologia, funded by the Lily Endowment. They shared about the facets of Quakerism that help shape the way they run the week-long institute, including seeing the high school-aged participants as scholars through whom God can and will speak, and who can and do have important theological insights.

“Quakers Reading Scripture” panel, QTDG 2019

The second Friday panel was entitled: “Quakers Reading Scripture,” and included the following papers:

  • Michael Birkel of Earlham School of Religion, “‘Read Within’: Margaret Fell and Scripture”
  • Carole Dale Spencer of Portland Seminary, “The ‘Mystic Sense’ of Scripture as taught by Hannah Whitall Smith: Nineteenth Century Quaker Bible Teacher”
  • Paul Anderson of George Fox University, “Inspiring Readings of the Inspired Text—Taking the Bible Personally, After the Manner of Friends”
  • David Hahn of Luther Seminary, “‘Hearing to Speech’: A Participatory Theology of Word-Dwelling as Congregational Formation in God’s Mission”

Each paper offered an entry point into the hermeneutical style preferred by Friends, in which the Spirit inspires each encounter with the holy writ. We appreciate each paper, and are particularly grateful to David Hahn for offering a Quakerly perspective on reading scripture in groups, from outside the Quaker community.

Cherice Bock & Jon Kershner, Quaker Studies Unit, AAR 2019
“Quakers & Pentecostals in a Colonized World” panel, AAR 2019

Saturday’s panel of the Quaker Studies Program Unit of the American Academy of Religion centered on the topic “Quakers and Pentecostals in a Colonized World,” and in addition to two papers relating more closely to Pentecostal topics, Cherice Bock, a Quaker who teaches at Portland Seminary of George Fox University, presented a paper entitled: “Friends and Watershed Discipleship: reconciling with people and the land in light of the Doctrine of Discovery.” She offered a re-reading of Quaker history with attention to the benefits many European and European American or Canadian Friends have received due to colonialism, offering an alternative interpretation of Christianity in light of climate change and current awareness of the intersecting justice issues of racism, classism, sexism, and the wedding of Western Christianity and empire. Ekaputra Tupamahu, also of Portland Seminary, offered an insightful response to the panel.

At the close of the QTDG panels on Friday night, a business meeting was held, and we discussed upcoming topics and locations for QTDG gatherings. More information will be released shortly.

We also approved new members for the QRT advisory panel and editorial team. New and existing members include:

  • Cherice Bock is QRT’s new social media manager, joining C. Wess Daniels, the QTDG and QRT website manager.
  • Carole Dale Spencer and Jeffrey Dudiak joined the group of associate editors. Both previously served on the advisory panel, and Spencer is co-chair of the QTDG. They join existing associate editors, Paul Anderson and Gayle Beebe.
  • Christy Randazzo (co-chair of the QTDG), Howard Macy, David Johns, and Madeleine Ward join the advisory panel, alongside existing members Ben Pink Dandelion, Ruth Pitman, Max Carter, Stephen Angell, Corwynn Beals, and Susan Jeffers.
  • Jon Kershner continues as the QRT editor, and Phil Smith continues as the business manager.

Photos of the QRT editorial team and advisory panel can be viewed in the following slideshow. (Not pictured: Ruth Pitman.)

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Report | QTDG 2019

QTDG 2019 – A Success!

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.

QTDG 2019 – A Success!

Quaker Theological Discussion Group This Weekend at AAR!

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!

Quaker Theological Discussion Group This Weekend at AAR!

Quaker Theological Discussion Group, 2019 Program

Quaker Theological Discussion Group, 2019
American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
San Diego, California

Session I: Friday, November 22, 2019 4:30-6:00 pm|
Hilton Bayfront – 206 (Second Level)

Panel: Quaker Youth Ministry and Theopraxis in a Multicultural Context.
Roger Nam, Trisha Welstad, Steve Sherwood, Leah Payne, Joel Mayward, Hannah Souter, George Fox University

Respondent: Nim Njuguna, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center

Session II: Friday, November 22, 2019 7:00-9:00 pm
Marriott Marquis-Oceanside (South Tower – First Level)

Quakers Reading Scripture
“Read Within”: Margaret Fell and Scripture
Michael Birkel, Earlham School of Religion

The “Mystic Sense” of Scripture as taught by Hannah Whitall Smith: Nineteenth Century Quaker Bible Teacher
Carole Spencer, Portland Seminary of George Fox University

Inspiring Readings of the Inspired Text—Taking the Bible Personally, After the Manner of Friends
Paul Anderson, George Fox University

“Hearing to Speech”: A Participatory Theology of Word-Dwelling as Congregational Formation in God’s Mission
David Hahn, Northwest Washington Synod ELCA and Luther Seminary

**All QTDG sessions are free and attenders do not need to register for the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting.

Quaker Theological Discussion Group, 2019 Program

Annual Quaker Theological Discussion Group at AAR (2017)

QTDG will be meeting for our annual gathering on Friday November 17, 2017 during AAR in Boston this year. Here is the schedule:

Quakers and Public Theology scheduled on Friday, November 17 from 4:30:00 PM to 6:00:00 PM in the Boston University Room at the Marriott Copley Place

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

Interpretations of Early Quakerism scheduled on Friday, November 17 from 7:00:00 PM to 9:00:00 PM in the Beacon, Room A at the Sheraton Hotel

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

Business Meeting

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Annual Quaker Theological Discussion Group at AAR (2017)

November QTDG Meeting in San Francisco

Quaker Theological Discussion Group Sessions

Here is the information about our November 2011 meetings at AAR/SBL.

San Franscisco, CA November 18, 2011 4-9pm
Intercontinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street
Golden Gate Room (3rd Floor)

No Charge, All are Welcome!

M18-313

11/18/2011
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Golden Gate – Intercontinental

Theme: Session 1: Important Quaker Journals: Elias Hicks and Allen Jay

David Johns, Earlham School of Religion, Presiding

The Journal of Elias Hicks and Dear Friend, edited by Paul Buckley
Paul Buckley, Earlham School of Religion, Introduction—5 minutes
Stephen Angell, Earlham School of Religion, Panelist—20 minutes
Jim Le Shana, The Friends Center, Haggard School of Theology, Panelist—20 minutes
Paul Buckley, Earlham School of Religion, Respondent—10 minutes

Autobiography of Allen Jay, edited by Joshua Brown
Joshua Brown, West Richmond Friends Meeting, Introduction—5 minutes
Carole Spencer, Earlham School of Religion, Panelist—20 minutes
Howard Macy, George Fox University, Panelist—20 minutes
Joshua Brown, West Richmond Friends Meeting, Respondent—10 minutes

M18-314

11/18/2011
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Room: Mission – Intercontinental

M18-409

11/18/2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room: Golden Gate – Intercontinental

Theme: Session 2: Quakers and Theism/Nontheism

Paul Anderson, George Fox University, Presiding—5 mintues
Jeffrey Dudiak, Kings University College, Panelist—30 minutes
David Boulton, Independent Scholar, Panelist—30 minutes
Patrick Nugent, Cincinnati, OH, Respondent—20 minutes
Shannon Craigo-Snell, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Respondent—20 minutes

November QTDG Meeting in San Francisco