Quaker Heritage Center to Present Lecture by Historian/Author Paul Buckley

Presentation Highlights New Book on Elias Hicks

April 25, 2014

Renowned Quaker historian and author Paul Buckley will speak on the traveling Quaker preacher Elias Hicks (1748-1830) Wednesday (April 30), at 7 p.m., in the T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse at Wilmington College.

The Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center is presenting the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Buckley will discuss his new book, The Essential Elias Hicks, in which he describes Hicks, in 1828, as the best-known Quaker in the United States.

“He was a deep and original religious thinker, a commanding and compelling preacher, and although 80 years old, still a faithful traveling minister,” Buckley writes about Hicks.

“In the past half-century, he had visited nearly every meeting from Canada to Virginia and was about to embark on the longest journey of his life, going as far west as Indiana to visit among Friends and preach to the wider world about Quaker faith and practice.

“To Hicks, Quakerism was a profound critique of, and a radical alternative to, the worldview of the wider society. Friends were not ‘of the world’ nor were they ‘in the world’ – they were separate from it. In Hicks' words, they were called to reject all its ‘friendships, manners, maxims, policies, customs, fashions, vanities, pleasures, and amusements.”

Buckley added, “This message challenged Friends then and continues to challenge us today.”

Following his lecture, a reception will be held in the adjacent Quaker Heritage Center gallery, where the current exhibit features a series Herbert Block’s political cartoons from the Herb Block Foundation, titled “The Long March.”

The exhibit runs through May 2.

Quaker Heritage Center Presents 'Elias Hicks' Author, Paul Buckley

Time: 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Location: T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse

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