Dialogue Across the Divides: A Report from the Quaker Theological Discussion Group 2011 Annual Meeting

I was delighted to have an opportunity to read a paper penned by David Boulton entitled “Nontheism Among Friends” at the 2011 Quaker Theological Discussion Group sessions, held in San Francisco on November 18, the day prior to the opening of the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature 2011 annual joint conference. […]

Divinity: A Nontheist Take

Being a nontheist Quaker is still somewhat controversial, even though we’ve been among liberal Quakers for most of the last 100 years. My evolution to this view was more sudden than I thought possible, since my shift from Trinitarian Charismatic Mennonite to Agnostic Quaker occurred within the space of a few weeks when I was around 34 […]

Those Bourgeois Quakers! Class, Community, and Politics

Just as, therefore, at an earlier period, a section of the nobility went over to the bourgeoisie, so now a portion of the bourgeoisie goes over to the proletariat…. – The Communist Manifesto Wealth is attended with power, by which bargains and proceedings, contrary to universal righteousness, are supported; and hence oppression, carried on with worldly […]

Philosopher / Activist / Minister

Last year, while discussing my sense of direction with friends, I described my vocation(s) as a blend of philosopher, activist, and minister. As I’m hoping to clarify my vocation in this blogspace, this triad is one point to start. Philosopher is a part of who I am. I define philosopher as one who pursues truth […]

A Different Angle

After almost exclusively blogging on the Radical Progress blog for about two years, I feel that blog has reached a settled point. I also may have reached a personal turning point. This new sub-domain will be more personal, less theoretical than RP. The new angle came up for me after representing Illinois Yearly Meeting for […]