Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

Going Back to Germantown Meeting

September 14, 2014 I went back to Germantown Meeting this morning after a long absence. Germantown is the first Quaker meeting I joined and being back in that meetinghouse brought a flood of memories. I greeted quite a number of … Continue reading

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The Story of the Jews

August 6, 2014 I began reading Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews with the thought that it would be good to know more about the origins of my own religious tradition, Christianity. I finished with a much deeper understanding … Continue reading

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Cozy Harbor, Southport Island, Sheepscot River

Cozy Harbor, July 21, 2014  

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God and King, Word and Sword

June 26, 2014 I have been taking Jacob L. Wright’s Coursera MOOC called “The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose and Political Future.” Wright is a professor of religion at Emory University, and I’ve joined thousands of others with widely varying motivations in … Continue reading

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Why Am I a Friend and What’s It To You?

June 4, 2014 I became a Quaker in the mid-1970s, joining Germantown Friends Meeting. Hardly a week has gone by since that I haven’t wondered why I was a Friend. I wonder what that means to me, and I wonder … Continue reading

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Who Speaks for Peace On Memorial Day?

May 26, 2014 For a Quaker, what’s the right approach to Memorial Day? Is it a day to celebrate? A day to witness against? A day not even to notice?  Every Memorial Day, from morning to evening, I wonder about … Continue reading

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High Water in the River

April 17, 2014 The high snowfall totals this winter coupled with the late, quick thaw of the snow and ice means that the river in front of us is almost as high as we have ever seen it:   Normally … Continue reading

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