John Michaelis, Ian Hughes, Wies Schuiringa; New South Wales Regional Meeting.
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OK, I’ll kick off with some good news!
My new book, “The Early Quakers and the ‘Kingdom of God'” (note the inverted commas), will be published very, very soon. by Inner Light Books (San Francisco). It’ll be in paperback, hardback and in e-book form. I’m really excited about it.
I’m also writing a booklet, about the length of 3 Pendle Hill pamphlets, on the ‘Kingdom’–what I also call the ‘Covenant of Peace’, ‘Covenant of Love’ or ‘Rule of Love’. Take yer pick. The EQs had about 40 names for the ‘Kingdom’. James Nayler sometimes dubbed it the ‘Garden of God’. Nice. This booklet will be in accessible English. It looks at the early Quaker concepts of the Covenant of Peace. Can these concepts be translated out of their 17th century context? Are they important for today? Read it and find out. It should be ready this year sometime.
I’ve written an essay for a book on Quaker Truth edited by the Canadian Q scholar/philosopher, Jeff Dudiak.
I’m looking over a final draft of a chapter for a compendium of Quaker theology to be published by Oxford University (Press). The book is edited by ‘Ben’ Pink Dandelion (Woodbrooke/Birmingham Uni) and Steve Angell (Earlham). It’ll be launched in Jan 2013.
I’ve begun a book on the art of spiritual direction in the Quaker tradition. There isn’t one, so I thought I’d do it. I graduated from my SD course in October last. It was a wonderful experience. I hope the book will be widely read by non-Qs because we have such a terrific tradition going back to the very beginnings of our Society.
And, finally, I’ve moved up to Northern Rivers (NSW). Great!
Love and Peace,