“True Godliness don’t [sic] turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavors to mend it.” —William Penn
The world is in an awful state, and it cries out to us to be mended. Our faith was born in a “world turned upside down;” from its origins to the present day, Quakers have confronted the challenge of being faithful to God and also citizens in the wider world. What lessons can we learn from our forebears about standing in our integrity and participating authentically in today’s world? How can we support each other as we face daily temptations that draw us away from our center in the Spirit?
Ben Pink Dandelion works at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and directs the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies at the University of Birmingham. His writings on Quakerism include both academic and devotional works.
Deborah Shaw is assistant director of Friends Center and director of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program at Guilford College. A recorded minister of Friendship Friends Meeting in Greensboro (NC), North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative), she served that yearly meeting and the Pendle Hill Board as clerk.