Testimony; John Woolman on Today’s Global Economy

Testimony; John Woolman on Today’s Global Economy

by David Morse

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If John Woolman were living in today’s world, how would he respond to our globalized economy?

Or, to begin with a different question, if you and I were living in John Woolman’s eighteenth-century world, how would we respond to the issue of slavery?

Starting with the second question helps us understand something of Woolman’s world and the spiritual testimony that made him such an extraordinary individual. With that understanding, we can return to illuminate the first question.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148271130
Publisher: Pendle Hill Publications
Publication date: 02/19/2014
Series: Pendle Hill Pamphlets , #356
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 30
File size: 108 KB

About the Author

David Morse is a writer and sometimes carpenter who lives in Connecticut, where he is a member of Storrs Friends Meeting. His essays and articles have appeared in diverse magazines such as The New York Times Magazine and Japan Economic Journal as well as Friends Journal, Peacework, and The Friend. He is the author of The Iron Bridge (Harcourt Brace, 1998), a novel which centers on an actual collaboration between a Quaker and an arms-maker to build the world’s first iron bridge at England’s Severn Gorge in the 1770s. While completing the novel, Morse took an active role in building an addition onto the Storrs Friends’ meeting-house – a case of life imitating art. He is married to fellow writer Joan Joffe Hall. He can be reached at his web-site: www.david-morse.com

New England Yearly Meeting’s Committee on Prejudice and Poverty sponsored an earlier version of this essay, entitled John Woolman and the Global Economy, including photographs by Skip Schiel. It is available from FGC Bookstore.

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