with Diane Randall
February 23-25, 2018
“To live in that state of tension which enables us to be at the same time critic and friend of the government, to study its workings sufficiently, to be able to help religious insight become political action, remains part of our duty and call. And withal and beyond all, to maintain an abiding faith in the power of good to overcome evil, to live in that way of loving service for which we all most deeply yearn: nothing less than this kind of energetic commitment of our whole lives can satisfy the inner sanctuary of the human spirit.” ~ Clarence Pickett, 1963
Large and small group discussions as well as time in worship, will benefit those who reflect on the intersection of their faith journeys and public life—particularly for those who want to be politically active but who are frustrated by partisanship.
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.
About the program facilitator:
Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby for the policies and legislative priorities established by FCNL’s General Committee. A lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Diane is a fierce proponent for citizen engagement that advances policies and practices to create a better society for all. Diane is a convinced Friend, and a member of Hartford Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting.