Our Spiritual Mothers: Women of the Early Quaker Diaspora, 1650-1800

March 24, 2019 @ 11:45 am – 12:15 pm America/New York Timezone
Abington Monthly Meeting
520 Meetinghouse Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Wanda Wyffels

All Welcome! Class at Abington Friends Meeting –
Join us on Sunday, March 24 at 11:15 a.m. for a class in our John Barnes Room. Michele Lise Tarter has been researching Quaker “Spiritual Mothers” for the past 25 years. Her latest book, New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650-1800, recently released by Oxford University Press, features new research about early women Friends during the first 150 years of the Quaker movement. These healers, prophets, imprisoned writers, itinerant preachers, abolitionists, educators, and authors formed a transatlantic literary network promoting the earliest Quaker practices of prophesying and writing. Their manuscript and published writings were perceived as The Milk of the Word of God to feed the Children of Light.
A Professor of English at The College of New Jersey, Michele has published and presented extensively on 17th-century Quaker women, transatlantic witch hunts, and early American prisoners. She is co-editor of two other book collections: A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America (Cornell University Press, 2001); and Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America(University of Georgia Press, 2012). She is currently writing about the memoir-writing program she started in New Jersey’s only maximum-security prison for women in 2001. Michele is a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in New Jersey.