In the 1930s and 1940s, Friends engaged in a number of remarkable—and controversial—activities that were intended to provide assistance to people who were being persecuted by the Nazis. From today’s perspective, it seems clear that Quakers made a great many mistakes as they were trying to provide that assistance. Nevertheless, Friends’ actions did end up saving hundreds—and possibly thousands—of human lives.
This forum will provide a space in which we can reflect on the things that our spiritual ancestors did—and failed to do—as they responded to the catastrophic times in which they lived. It will be led by David Harrington Watt. David is a member of Radnor Meeting and also the Dorothy and Douglas Steere Professor of Quaker Studies at Haverford College.
This will be held on Oct 1st after Meeting for Worship (approximately 11:30AM) either on-site or using the Zoom link on the home page of the website.
On Tuesday, 10/24 at 7 pm we will meet over ZOOM for a dialogue about the film, “The Crying Game.”
We wanted to be sure to let friends know that “The Crying Game” is rated “R,” with strong depictions of violence and sexuality that some might find difficult or disturbing. It is an award-winning film (including the 1993 Oscar for best screenplay). Director/screenwriter Neil Jordan has explained that his film explores themes involving the interplay of moral choice, moral growth and love within modern culture. Some commentary from contemporaneous interviews with Jordan include the following:
“I do gravitate toward stories where people are struggling to find moral positions and where conventional morals no longer apply.” (Phila Inquirer 11/13/94)
“You think that love is the same thing as sex–and it’s not, is it?” (Time, 3/1/93)
“You always think your object of desire will fulfil your desires, but it’s always something else.” (Phila Inquirer 11/13/94)
“There is a tremendous comfort in the theological world: you are in touch with realms that you are not part of . . . . The characters in my work get changed because they come into contact with something beyond their universe.” (Phila Inquirer 11/13/94)
“I think films should be uninterpretable, to a certain extent. They should not be reducible to verbal explanations. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be films” (in The New Yorker 12/7/92
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 846 7472 7727
Please join us for a small group discussion focused on Spiritual Development. At Radnor we have combined our spiritual development circle with midweek worship. The modified format begins with a short period of silent worship, opening to worship sharing on the theme of spiritual formation, and then to fellowship. Our current plan is to offer this midweek opportunity once per month over ZOOM and once at the Meetinghouse. The first Wednesday of the month is by Zoom, and the third Wednesday of the month is on-site in the ‘fireplace room’ at the Meetinghouse. All are welcome!
Here is the Zoom link