with Margaret Sorrel and Dinah Bachrach
October 27-29, 2017
“We need to understand the worship that is more in our everyday life that is manifested more by efforts of love and of devotion to truth and righteousness. We need to consecrate ourselves more to God and to humanity and less to forms and ceremonies and to ritual faith. It is time that Christians were judged more by their likeness to Christ than their notions of Christ.
~ Lucretia Mott, 1849
Please join us to explore the theology, spirituality, and activism of two Quaker human rights radicals, nearly
contemporaneous in their long lives, and consider their contributions both to America and to Quakers. We
will examine the lives of Quaker Abolitionists such as Coffin and Mott, and the theological ideas that
inspired them (and that they in turn used to inspire others).
As we look at the history in which these Quaker mentors were ensconced, we will consider their relevance
to our present situation in the latter part of the second decade of the twenty-first century. Discussions
about mid-19th century history and theology, relevant to the life and witness of Mott and Coffin, will be
encouraged. In addition to spending time in large group discussions, we’ll also break into smaller groups
for discussion and integration.
Stephen Angell and Carole Spencer wrote articles relevant to this workshop that we hope you’ll read before
you come. You can access them (and a number of other articles on Quakers) with this link:
About the program leader
Stephen W. Angell is the Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies at the Earlham School of Religion. He is also the author and editor of many books and articles on Quaker studies and African-American religious history, including Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights (with Hal Weaver and Paul Kriese; Quaker Press of FGC) and the Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (with Ben Pink Dandelion; Oxford University Press). Making his home in Richmond, Indiana, he lives in the same county (Wayne) that was home to Levi Coffin during many years of abolitionist activism. Lucretia Mott is a weighty presence in many courses that he teaches, including “Quakers and the Bible.” And he loves to sing the Lucretia Mott song!