2014 CAREY LECTURE TO BE GIVEN BY MARGERY POST ABBOTT
BALTIMORE YEARLY MEETING
Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD
August 8, 2014
I was surprised to discover how much Margaret Fell spoke of “power.” This concept, which is liberally scattered throughout her writings, has challenged me again and again to break out of the restrictions the world places on us. The power that Margaret knew is the source of transformation of each human heart as well as of the world. It is the source of compassion and of courage, of humility and of words spoken with true authority. This is the power that comforts and protects us, yet is visible through us in all we do. If we are faithful to its calling it allows us to act in ways beyond our human limitations. I will reflect on what I know of this power in my life and the lives of those around me.
Margery Post Abbott is a released Friend currently writing and traveling in the ministry, with the support of Multnomah Monthly Meeting in Portland, Oregon. She has published widely, including her 2010 book, To Be Broken and Tender. Her writings carry a concern for the whole of the Religious Society of Friends, and she works to engage Friends of all traditions. Her concern for making Friends’ voice heard more widely in the world takes her regularly to Washington, DC, where she has served as presiding clerk of Friends Committee on National Legislation and currently is on the FCNL Campaign Committee,