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).

Only God Can Make a Tree?

December 11, 2014 “Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree,” wrote poet Joyce Kilmer in 1947 in one of most-often quoted lines of poetry in the English language. There certainly are poets that think … Continue reading

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Cow Island in November

November 21, 2014   This past Monday I spent a few hours on Cow Island, a 58 acre uninhabited island in the Androscoggin just downstream from our house. I was there on a monitoring visit for the Brunswick Topsham Land … Continue reading

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A Community Hymn Sing With the Kotzschmar Organ

November 17, 2014 An unusual treat yesterday: we participated in a community hymn festival in Portland at Merrill Auditorium. Participating were about 15 church choirs, an audience that filled the lower two tiers of Merrill and, of course, Portland’s Kotzschmar Organ. … Continue reading

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A Few Words on Quakers and Equality

November 14, 2014 [My wife’s book club has been reading The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd’s fictionalized biography of of the Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina (Nina), who were leaders in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Since Sarah and … Continue reading

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Abu Dhabi

November 11, 2014 Looks like a river, doesn’t it?  It’s really a channel of the Persian Gulf in Abu Dhabi. The city is set on a series of islands, sand bars really, now stabilized. This view is the beach in … Continue reading

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For the Fruits of His Creation, Thanks Be to God

November 10, 2014 At First Parish Church yesterday we sang a hymn written by Fred Pratt Green in 1970 called “For the Fruits of His Creation.” The words are lovely; the final verse concludes with these:  For the wonders that … Continue reading

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Was Jesus Divine, If So, When and How?

November 2, 2014 “Some Quakers see ourselves as the authentic Christianity revived; others prefer to avoid thinking of us as Christians at all. To both sides of Quakerism’s Bible divide, it can seem as if those who call themselves Christians … Continue reading

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