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Comment by Ellis Hein on 4thMo. 25, 2018 at 10:55

Brenda, are you taking the class? Do  you know anything about the instructor?

Comment by Brenda Redshaw on 4thMo. 25, 2018 at 12:36

Ellis yes, and know just a little about Ben Dandilion apart that he is from the Liberal side. That is okay as I can learn from anyone.

Comment by Trevor Bending on 4thMo. 29, 2018 at 17:33

That's Ben Pink Dandelion, gave the BYM Swarthmore Lecture in 2014 (or 2015?)

Comment by Patricia Dallmann on 4thMo. 29, 2018 at 22:43

Ben Pink Dandelion is one of the few voices among Liberal Quakers who is both discerning and well-regarded. His online course, which I took a couple of years ago, was geared to those who were unfamiliar with original Quaker faith and history, but did have some material I'd not read before. His Swarthmore lecture is from 2014, and the following paragraph is the response I had after listening to it a couple of times:

I've listened to the lecture a couple of times and thought Ben's analysis was sound. The tradition has been recast according to secular individualism, and as a result the theology that has undergirded our core insights has been "unpicked" and the insights lost. The modern Liberal values of diversity and uncertainty of belief, coupled with an unfamiliarity and lack of understanding of the tradition, weaken the Society to where it no longer can hold up the standard of Truth to a suffering and chaotic world.  It is, as Ben said, a "world not attuned to the life of spirit, and runs on different rules and different values." Sadly, that worldliness has made inroads into our Society. Ben's referring members back to the Book of Discipline is a step in the right direction, I think, but recovering the power of the original Society would require - on a wide scale - an inward deepening and refining of spiritual discernment  that can't be prescribed by another but must originate in the conscience out of sense of necessity for truth. 

Comment by Brenda Redshaw on 4thMo. 30, 2018 at 8:22

Thanks Trevor and Patricia.

Your analysis is very interesting. I agree with this "an inward deepening and refining of spiritual discernment  that can't be prescribed by another but must originate in the conscience out of sense of necessity for truth."

I would add to it, a personal awakening to ones lost and helpless state due to an encounter with the Spirit of not just truth, but also of holiness.

One of the very great benefits for me on the course is the chance to discuss things with the academic side, who I have found are much more open to discussion despite differences as they have a willingness to learn that I do not find so much in non academic circles.

Comment by Brenda Redshaw yesterday

I did gain knowledge from the course, and get to hear the opinions of others. It has greatly inspired me to return to my studies in Quaker history and visit Woodbrooke this summer as l now feel there might be a place for me in Quakerism whereas before, l felt there wasn't one.

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