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6509 - Malone University Chapel to Focus on Quaker Testimonies of Equality, Integrity/Honesty, and Simplicity

January 18, 2013 | 6509

The Malone University Office of Spiritual Formation is pleased to present a Chapel service explaining the Quaker Testimonies of Integrity/Honesty, Equality, and Simplicity on Wednesday, January 30 at 10:05 a.m. in the sanctuary of the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW in Canton. Malone University chapel events are free and open to the public.

Malone University Professor of History Jacalynn Stuckey Welling, Ph.D.,  will begin the service by offering a welcome, introduction, and time of "centering." 

Hannah Kelley, who graduated from Malone in 2009 with a degree in Bible and Theology, will offer a video testimony via Skype on Integrity/Honesty. Kelley is now in graduate school at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. *The Quaker Testimony of Integrity is a call for consistency between what a person professes and their actions in "real life."

Kayla DeVitto, a senior Communication Arts major from McDonald,  will offer a testimony about Equality. *According to the Earlham School of Religion, the Quaker Testimony of Equality "is exemplified by their corollary theological belief in "that of God in everyone."  The idea that everyone has at least potential access to God's leadings was a radical declaration of theological equality when first formulated by Fox.  It has since gone on to play a defining role in the history of Quakerism.  The principle of equality is manifested, for instance, in the recognition and status accorded to the rights and gifts of women from the very earliest incarnations of the Quaker movement.  To a group of people who held that women no more have souls than does a goose, Fox countered with the words of Mary, who said that: "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour" (Fox, The Journal, 1646-7, pg. 11).  In the following century, the Testimony of Equality led Friends to free their slaves and assume leading roles in calling for the abolition of slavery.  By the time of the American Revolution, it had become plausible to declare the fundamental equality of all human beings to be a self-evident truth; though it would still take centuries for this truth to be fully enacted in the laws of the land."

Marissa Lolli a freshman Early Childhood Education major from Canton and a member of the Malone University Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team, will offer a performance about Simplicity. *This Quaker Testimony applies to the details of daily life and encourages Quakers to live a life of material simplicity in order to not be weighed down by possessions and to be able to give more money to charity.

The Chapel service will close with remarks from Dr. Welling, prayer, and shaking hands.

* Source: http://www.esr.earlham.edu/support/comprehensive-case/the-vine/the-quaker-testimonies.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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