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).

Holding in the Light

I want to talk more about the Light today.  We Quakers talk often of “the Light.”  It’s one of our ways of talking about Jesus or God or divinity.  There is a particular phrase that’s especially on my mind this … Continue reading

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Bake Cookies!

That’s what Maida Heatter yelled at her TV. A doctor was talking about the ways you could reduce stress. He started listing ways: Exercise. Diet. Yoga. Take a walk. “I yelled, ‘Bake cookies.’ ” “Baking cookies is a great escape,” … Continue reading

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Androscoggin River, May 2019

photo by Robbie Bennett

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Learning to Drive

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, May 19, 2019 We celebrated my Dad’s 100th birthday two weeks ago.  He wasn’t with us; he died in 1990.  But I made him a cake and we celebrated his good life. He taught me … Continue reading

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A Language for the Inward Landscape

Message at Durham Friends Meeting          May 5, 2019 I’ve been reading a remarkable recent book.  It’s by Brian Drayton and William Taber, and published in 2015.  Its title is a little forbidding: A Language for the Inward Landscape: Spiritual Wisdom … Continue reading

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Message or Miracle? Awakening to the Light

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, April 7, 2019 Here we are, gathered as a community whose beginnings lie about 2000 years back, “a long time ago in a place far, far away from here.”  I want us to imagine ourselves … Continue reading

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Hearing Leadings

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, February 3, 2019 What is God asking of me today?  Where is God leading me? These days, such questions are very much on my mind.  Especially these days, because it seems we live in such … Continue reading

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