The Fire of the Light: Abolition, Conflict, and Being Known in Quaker Community
“We become true individuals [only in community]…” writes James Fowler. How does our community help us become known, inside and outside of the Quaker world? As members of the Religious Society of Friends, how do we reconcile with and activate our histories for the abolitionist work at hand? How might we access the fiery nature of the Inner Light in this calling, and make a holy place at the table for anger and conflict?
This year’s keynote will explore these questions in an online platform.
Naomi Madaras (pronouns: she/her) is a Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary in New York. A graduate of Guilford College, Naomi served as the program coordinator at William Penn House before transitioning to seminary to pursue a career in chaplaincy. Her clinical training has been in hospitals and nursing homes in New York where she provides spiritual care to patients, families, and staff. Naomi focuses on interfaith community-building, death, and disability in her work. She is a member of Chambersburg Friends Meeting, a regular attender at Brooklyn Friends Meeting, and grew up milking goats and climbing trees on a farm.