Quaker Religious Thought


In 1917, the American Friends Service Committee was formed as a unified effort across the Anglo-American Friends world to respond to the ravages of the First World War. Rufus Jones was only one, amongst many, who devoted significant time and attention to that effort. Jones was the person selected as the Committee’s first Chairman, however, and remained its Honorary Chairman until his death in 1948.1 Jones’s prominent status amongst Friends internationally both as a writer and a weighty Friend influenced this choice. While his academic work likely played a role in building his “weight” amongst Friends, much of it was also driven by the reputation Jones gained as a spokesman for Friends. This was linked to his intentional project of re-unifying Friends, divided during the multiple schisms of the nineteenth century, with his theology of divine/human interdependence through the Inward Light.



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