The preface to the very first lecture explains the purpose of the series.

“This book is the first of a series of public addresses to be known as the Swarthmore Lectures. The Lectureship was established by the Woodbrooke Extension Committee, at a meeting held December 9th, 1907. The Minute of the Committee provides for “an annual lecture on some subject relating to the Message and Work of the Society of Friends.” The name “Swarthmore” was chosen in memory of the home of Margaret Fox, which was always open to the earnest seeker after Truth, and from which loving words of sympathy and substantial material help were sent to fellow-workers.

“The Woodbrooke Extension Committee requested Rufus M. Jones, M.A., D.Litt., of Yearly Meeting of 1908. In accordance with this decision, the lecture was delivered in the Central Hall, Birmingham, on May 19th.

“The Swarthmore Lectureship has been founded with a two-fold purpose: firstly, to interpret further to the members of the Society of Friends their Message and Mission; and secondly, to bring before the public the spirit, the aims and the fundamental principles of the Friends. This first lecture presents Quakerism as a religion of experience and first-hand reality—a dynamic, practical religion of life.”

The transcripts of the 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2006 lectures (not necessarily the text printed in the books listed above) are available as free downloads from the Quaker Study Centre website.

List of Swarthmore Lectures Edit

List of Swarthmore Lectures
Year Author Title Notes
1908 Rufus M. Jones, 1863-1948 Quakerism: a Religion for life
1909 William Charles Braithwaite, 1862-1922 Spiritual Guidance in the experience of the Society of Friends
1910 Joan Mary Fry, 1862-1955 The Communion of Life
1911 Thomas Hodgkin, 1831-1913 Human Progress and the Inward Light
1912 T.R Glover, 1869-1943 The Nature and Purpose of a Christian Society For biographical information on this lecturer, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article by Sydney C. Roberts, ‘Glover, Terrot Reaveley (1869–1943)’, rev. Herbert H. Huxley, [1], accessed 28 Jan 2007
1913 Joshua Rowntree, 1844-1915 Social Service - its place in the Society of Friends
1914 Edward Grubb, 1854-1939 The Historic and Inward Christ: a study in Quaker thought For biographical information on this lecturer, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article by Thomas C. Kennedy, ‘Grubb, Edward (1854–1939)’, [2] accessed 28 Jan 2007
1915 Silvanus P. Thompson, 1851-1916 The Quest For Truth
1916 Henry T. Hodgkin, 1877-1933 The Missionary Spirit and the Present Opportunity
1917 William Littleboy, 1853-1936 The Day of Our Visitation
1918 Lucy Fryer Morland, 1864-1945 New Social Outlook
1919 Lucy Violet (Hodgkin) Holdsworth, 1869-1954 Silent Worship : The way of wonder
1920 Herbert G. Wood, 1879-1963 Quakerism and the Future of the Church For biographical information on this lecturer, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article by Thomas C. Kennedy, Wood, Herbert George (1879–1963), [3], accessed 8 Dec 2006.
1920 Rufus M. Jones, 1863-1948 The nature and Authority of Conscience
1921 T. Edmund Harvey, 1875-1955 The Long Pilgrimage : human progress in the light of the Christian hope
1922 Carl Heath, 1869-1950 Religion and Public Life
1923 Helen Maria Sturge Personal Religion and the Service of Humanity
1924 Gerald Kenway Hibbert, 1872-1957 The Inner Light and Modern Thought
1925 John William Graham, 1859-1932 The Quaker ministry
1926 A. Neave Brayshaw, 1861-1940 The Things that Are Before Us
1927 Henry Thomas Silcock, 1882-1969 Christ and the World's Unrest
1928 John S. Hoyland, 1887-1957 Light of Christ
1929 Arthur Stanley Eddington, 1882-1944 Science and the Unseen world
1930 Gerhart von Schulze-Gaevernitz 1864 – 1943 Democracy and Religion: a study in Quakerism For biographical information on this lecturer, see James Thompson, ‘Gaevernitz, Gerhart von Schulze- (1864–1943)’ in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edn. May 2005 [4] accessed 14 March 2007
1931 Howard H. Brinton, 1884-1973 Creative Worship
1932 Francis E. Pollard, 1872-1951 Education and the Spirit of Man
1933 Shipley N. Brayshaw, 1871-1957 Unemployment and Plenty
1934 George Barker Jeffery, 1891-1957 Christ, Yesterday And Today London : George Allen & Unwin, 1934.
1935 William Ernest Wilson, 1880-1955 Our Response To God
1936 Howard E. Collier, 1890-1953 Towards a New Manner of Living
1937 Caroline Cassandra Graveson, 1874-1958 Religion and Culture
1938 A. Barratt Brown 1887-1947 Democratic Leadership
1939 David Elton Trueblood, 1900-1994 The Trustworthiness of Religious Experience
1940 John Armstrong Hughes, 1876-1942 The Light of Christ in a Pagan World
1941 Edgar Bradshaw Castle, 1897-1973 The Undivided Mind
1942 Margaret M. Harvey, 1898- The Law of Liberty
1943 Leyton Richards, 1879-1948 Planning for Freedom
1944 W. Russell Brain, 1895-1966 Man, Society and Religion
1945 Wilfrid Allott, 1891-1972 Worship And Social Progress
1946 Joseph Edward [John] Hoare, 1896-1980 The Warrant For Youth's Search
1947 John W. Harvey, 1889-1967 The Salt and the Leaven
1948 There was no lecture this year
1949 Roger C.Wilson, 1906-1991 Authority, Leadership and Concern. A study in motive and administration in Quaker relief work ISBN 0-85245-021-4
1950 Konrad Braun, 1896-1969 Justice & the Law of Love
1951 Richard Duncan Fairn, 1906-1986 Quakerism — a faith for ordinary men
1952 Thomas Farrimond Green, 1899-1966 Preparation for Worship ISBN 0-85245-046-X
1953 Kathleen Lonsdale, 1903-1971 Removing the Causes of War
1954 Wilhelm Aarek, 1907-1999 From Loneliness To Fellowship : A study in psychology and Quakerism
1955 Douglas V. Steere, 1901-1995 Where Words Come From - an interpretation of the ground & practise of Quaker worship & ministry ISBN 0-85245-067-2 (reprinted as a paperback, 1985)
1956 Edgar Grieve Dunstan, 1890-1963 Quakers & the Religious Quest
1957 Henry J. Cadbury, 1883-1974 Quakerism & Early Christianity
1958 Margaret B. Hobling The Concrete & the Universal
1959 Harold Loukes, 1912-1980 The Castle & the Field
1960 Kenneth C. Barnes, 1903-1998 Creative Imagination
1961 Richard K. Ullmann, 1904-1963 Tolerance & the Intolerable
1962 J. Duncan Wood, 1911-2006 Building the Institutions of Peace
1963 L. Hugh Doncaster, 1914-1994 God in Every Man
1964 Richenda C. Scott, 1903-1984 Tradition and Experience
1965 John Macmurray, 1891-1976 Search for Reality in Religion ISBN 0-85245-001-X
1966 William E. Barton The Moral Challenge of Communism: Some Ethical aspects of Marxist/Leninist Society
1967 Kathleen M. Slack, 1910- Constancy and Change in the Society of Friends
1968 William Homan Thorpe, 1902-1986 Quakers and Humanists
1969 Maurice A. Creasey, 1912-2004 Bearings, or, Friends and the new reformation
1970 Kenneth E. Boulding, 1910-1993 Prospering of Truth
1971 Charles Frederick Carter, 1919-2002 On having a sense of all conditions For biographical information on this lecturer, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article by Roger Middleton, Carter, Sir Charles Frederick (1919–2002), online edn Jan 2006 [5] accessed 8 Dec 2006.
1972 Richard S. Peters, 1919- Reason, Morality and Religion ISBN 0-7100-7651-7
1973 George H. Gorman, 1916-1982 Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship ISBN 0-85245-100-8
1974 Wolf Mendl, 1926-1999 Prophets and Reconcilers, Reflections on the Quaker Peace Testimony ISBN 0-85245-115-6. For biographical information on this Friend see Guardian Obituary
1975 Ralph Hetherington, 1917-2000 The Sense of Glory - A psychological study of peak-experiences ISBN 0-85245-117-2
1976 W. Grigor McClelland, 1922- And a new earth: Making tomorrow's society better than today's ISBN 0-85245-122-9 (London : Society of Friends. London Yearly Meeting. Home Service Committee, 1976. - [7], 91 p. ; 19 cm.)
1977 Damaris Parker-Rhodes, 1918-1986 Truth - a Path & not a Possession ISBN 0-85245-124-5 (London : Society of Friends. London Yearly Meeting. Home Service Committee, 1977. - [5], 68 p. ; 19 cm.) (superseded by a new book: The Way Out is the Way In, 1985
1978 John Ormerod Greenwood, 1907-1989 Signs of Life : Art and Religious Experience ISBN 0-85245-131-8 (London : Society of Friends. London Yearly Meeting. Home Service Committee, 1978. - [7], 72 p. : plate, 1 ill ; 19 cm.)
1979 John Reader, 1915- Of Schools and Schoolmasters. Some thoughts on the Quaker contribution to Education ISBN 0-85245-140-7
1980 Janet Scott, 1941- What Canst Thou Say? Towards a Quaker theology ISBN 0-85245-151-2
1981 Adam Curle, 1916-2006 True Justice, Quaker peace makers and peace making ISBN 0-85245-156-3. For biographical information on this Friend see Guardian Obituary
1982 Gerald Priestland, 1927-1991 Reasonable Uncertainty: a Quaker approach to doctrine ISBN 0-85245-161-X
1983 Michael Rutter, 1933- A Measure of Our Values: goals & dilemmas in the upbringing of children ISBN 0-85245-170-9 (London : Society of Friends. London Yearly Meeting. Quaker Home Service, 1983. - 172 p. ; 19 cm.}
1984 Laurence Lerner, 1925- Two Cinnas: Quakerism, Revolution and Poetry. A dialogue ISBN 0-85245-182-2
1985 Christopher Holdsworth, 1931- Steps in a Large Room: a Quaker explores the monastic tradition ISBN 0-85245-188-1
1986 Quaker Women's Group Bringing the Invisible into the Light. Some Quaker Feminists speak of their experience ISBN 0-85245-199-7 Lecture performed at the University of Exeter
1987 John Lampen, 1938- Mending the Hurts ISBN 0-85245-206-3
1988 Harvey Gillman, 1947- A Minority of One ISBN 0-85245-207-1
1989 S. Jocelyn Burnell, 1943- Broken for Life ISBN 0-85245-222-5 Given at the University of Aberdeen
1990 John Punshon, 1935- Testimony and Tradition: some aspects of Quaker spirituality ISBN 0-85245-231-4 (London : Society of Friends. London Yearly Meeting. Quaker Home Service, 1990. - 94 p. ; 19 cm.)
1991 Geoffrey Hubbard, 1923-1998 Patterns and Examples. Quaker Attitudes and European Opportunities ISBN 0-85245-236-5
1992 Brenda Clifft Heales & Chris Cook Images and Silence: Future of Quaker Ministry ISBN 0-85245-242-X
1993 Sydney D. Bailey, 1916-1995 Peace is a Process ISBN 0-85245-249-7 Lecture given at the University of Warwick
1994 Margaret Heathfield Being together : our corporate life in the Religious Society of Friends ISBN 0-85245-254-3 (London : Society of Friends. London Yearly Meeting. Quaker Home Service, 1994. - 123 p. ; 19 cm.)
1995 Anne Thomas Only Fellow-Voyagers. Creation stories as guides for the journey ISBN 0-85245-272-1
1996 Jonathan Dale Beyond the Spirit of the Age ISBN 0-85245-282-9
1997 Christine Trevett Previous Convictions ISBN 0-85245-290-X Lecture given at the University of Aberystwyth
1998 Young Friends General Meeting Who do we think we are? Young Friends' Commitment and Belonging ISBN 0-85245-299-3
1999 Alex Wildwood A faith to call our own. Quaker tradition in the light of contemporary movements of the Spirit ISBN 0-85245-312-4
2000 Tim Newell Forgiving Justice. A Quaker vision for criminal justice ISBN 0-85245-321-3. A new updated edition of this book was published in 2007 ISBN 9780901689511
2001 Tony Stoller Wrestling with the Angel ISBN 0-85245-326-4 Lecture given at the University of Exeter
2002 Jackie Leach Scully Playing in the Presence: genetics, ethics and spirituality ISBN 0-85245-337-X For her webpage see
2003 Eleanor Nesbitt Interfaith Pilgrims: living truths and truthful living ISBN 0-85245-347-7
2004 Simon Fisher Spirited living : waging conflict, building peace ISBN 0-85245-357-4
2005 Helen Steven No Extraordinary Power: Prayer, Stillness and Action ISBN 0-85245-379-5 Lecture given at the University of York
2006 Roger and Susan Sawtell Reflections from a Long Marriage ISBN 0-85245-394-9
2007 Beth Allen Ground and Spring: the foundation of Quaker Discipleship ISBN 978-0-901689-67-2
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