Dr. Stanford J. Searl, Jr., teaches in the doctoral program of Union Institute and University, a self-directed and interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. He received his Ph.D. in English from Syracuse University, writing about the Puritan Imagination.
2005 0-7734-5853-0 This study draws upon original qualitative research in which the author – in systematic and analytical ways – asked nearly fifty Quakers from both the eastern part of the United States and in England to describe their understandings of Quaker silent workshop in the unprogrammed tradition. The research draws upon contemporary theory and integrates an interdisciplinary perspective about the complex relationship between silence and words. In addition, drawing upon the work of contemporary feminist scholarship, the book offers a critique of some key twentieth century studies about silent worship.