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).

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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Androscoggin Now Free of Ice

The ice went on its way over the weekend: at last!

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Constraints on Leadership: Missions, Roles and Values

April 3, 2014 “We must not suppose that those in authority are unaware …, but we must recognize that their liberty of action is often circumscribed by the nature of their office: the powerful are not necessarily free.” That quotation … Continue reading

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The Still Frozen River

The Androscoggin River, still frozen solid, Topsham Maine, March 26, 2014.

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Helmcken Falls, British Columbia

March 12, 2014 Helmcken Falls, Well Grey Park, British Columbia, Canada. Via 500px, taken by Viktoria Haack.

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Can We Sing Together?

March 5, 2014 Acting in Faith, the American Friends Service Committee blog for “connecting Friends to the work of AFSC,” has put up a blog post I’ve written entitled “Can We Sing Together?” Here’s how it begins: In worship this … Continue reading

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Thames Flooding

February 20, 2014 England is suffering serious flooding this winter. This is a scene from the Thames River courtesy of The Big Picture.

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