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In a time when intentional action to care for our planet is of increasing importance, Friends drafted the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice (2012) to call Quakers to ecological action as an expression of faithfulness. The following work represents one starting point for drawing Friends' awareness to the theology and practice of early Friends in relation to creation by exploring the writings of George Fox. In this essay, we examine Fox's use of the motif of "wisdom," his view of the connection between wisdom and creation, his understanding and experience of the Word of wisdom (that is, Christ), and the way the experience of the wisdom of God in Quaker worship can inspire ethical action in the world.


Originally published as chapter one in Quakers, Creation Care, and Sustainability: Quakers and the Disciplines Volume 6, edited by Cherice Bock and Stephen Potthoff.

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