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).

Great Meadow, Acadia

From Down East’s 2023 Acadia Calendar, photographed by John K. Putnam

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This I Know Experimentally

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, June 5, 2022 I want to begin this morning with a story familiar to Friends.  It’s the story of George Fox’s epiphany.  It’s about a moment in his life in 1647 when he was … Continue reading

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Sturgeon Leaping on the Androscoggin

Just a half mile or so upriver from our house, courtesy of the Nature Conservancy in Maine and Seacoast Current

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Grotesque

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Ursula Le Guin, “To the Rain”

In the Annual Report of the American Council of Learned Societies (where I worked from 1993 to 1997), the current President of ACLS quotes lovely poem by Ursula LeGuin: To the Rain BY URSULA K. LE GUIN Mother rain, manifold, measureless, … Continue reading

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The Light, The Seed, The Tree of Life

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, April 10, 2022 How do we talk about a God who is beyond our knowing? The opening hymn we sang this morning, “Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise,” praises a God beyond our comprehension: “immortal, … Continue reading

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Losing and Finding My Bearings

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, December 5, 2021 Sometimes when we’re confused, we say “let me just get my bearings, here.”  I may have just woken up from a nap.  Or I may have stumbled on a walk.  Maybe … Continue reading

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Winslow Homer, The Blue Boat, 1892

Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); image from Wikimedia Commons

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War and Foolishness

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, September 19, 2021 War is what’s on my mind and in my heart today – and foolishness, too.  War and foolishness because war, I believe, is one of the most profound forms of human … Continue reading

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Piscataquis River at Low’s Bridge, November 2020

Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik / Bangor Daily News

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