Friends Association for Higher Education has been hosting a series called “Quaker Leadings in Higher Education” during the pandemic, since we couldn’t meet in person for a conference. Check out the great topics and presenters on the former panels here.
They’re beginning a series-within-the-series of panel discussions with contributors to the book I co-edited with Stephen Potthoff, Quakers, Creation Care, & Sustainability (2019). The first panel will be on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 4pm Pacific. This one will focus around the topic: Creation Care & George Fox: linking 21st century praxis to early Friends. I’ll be serving on this panel, along with Robert Howell, a Friend from Aotearoa New Zealand, and Walter Hjelt Sullivan, a Friend from Haverford College who wrote about the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT). Stephen Potthoff of Wilmington College will be the moderator.
My friend Rebecca Artinian Kaiser and I wrote about the theme of wisdom in the writings of George Fox and the connection of this theme with creation. We presented this paper way back in 2012 at the American Academy of Religion conference, and then modified it for this book. The panel will discuss this topic to some degree, and also envision what activism looks like in the mold of George Fox. If Fox were alive today, in all his disruptive glory, what do you think he would be doing? Do we have the guts—and the leading—to do similarly? What does this look like when we live it out?