Quaker Organizations Project

I have started a new project: to write a Handbook for Quaker Organizations.  To prepare to do this, I have interviewed about four dozen people who have been heads of Quaker organizations or have served on the boards of Quaker organizations. I am currently transcribing these interviews.  

From January to June 2019 I was Cadbury Scholar at Pendle Hill working on this project, but the project will take longer than the residency at Pendle Hill.  I will use this page on River View Friend to make some materials for the project available to others.  If you have suggestions for the project, please send them along to dougb@earlham.edu.  Here is the proposal I submitted to Pendle Hill for the Cadbury Scholarship.

Here is one version of the slides I have used in early presentations (at FAHE, at ESR, at Pendle Hill) about the project.  


2019.10.01     Update 1 on the Project


CHAPTER DRAFTS (comments welcome)

2019.09.30     Table of Contents

2019.10.25     Preface


Here are some earlier things I have written about Quaker organizations

Can We Have Quaker Schools Without Quakers?, in Deborra Sines Pancoe et al., Leading in the Light: Celebrating 325 Years of Quaker Education in America (Philadelphia: Friends Council on Education: 2014), pp. 25-31. 

Port Huron Meets Germantown Meeting; or The Promise of the New Left, the Promise of Quakerism, and What They Could Learn from One Another, Convocation Address, Earlham, College, January 2010

Quaker Meetings and Quaker Colleges: What Should They Do for One Another? Quaker Higher Education: A Publication of Friends Association for Higher Education, v5, Issue 2, December 2011, pp. 9-12.

Quaker Governance of a Quaker College, Quaker Higher Education: A Publication of Friends Association for Higher Education, v2, Issue 1, April 2008, pp. 2-6.

The Value of the AFSC Corporation, Acting in Faith Blog, American Friends Service Committee, February 27, 2013.

Organizational Leadership as a Spiritual Gift, in Kathy Hyzy, An Inner Strength: Quakers and Leadership (Friends Bulletin Corporation, 2011), pp. 127-134.

The Idea of a Quaker College, Convocation Address, Earlham College, August 2000.

While President of Earlham College (1997-2011), I also oversaw compilation of a comprehensive Governance Manual. Its preparation required piecing together in one place a great deal of accumulated practice and custom that had never been brought together in an authoritative document. Its current edition (substantially similar to what I helped produce) is available here.: http://earlham.edu/policies-and-handbooks/handbooks/governance-manual/.