‘She had come to the end of her resources and had to throw herself on God.’

This year’s Swarthmore Lecture ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven: the Kingdom of God and the yearning of Creation’ was given by Eden Grace of Friends United Meeting. Rex Ambler offers a personal response

Eden Grace. | Photo: © Mike Pinches for Britain Yearly Meeting.

I had some difficulty with the Swarthmore Lecture this year. One part of this was quite wholesome: the lecture was telling us that if we were going to respond creatively and effectively to the climate threat, we would have to dig deep into ourselves, perhaps deeper than most of us were accustomed to going. But the other difficulty was that it used language that most people in Britain, including Quakers, would find strange and arcane.

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