R. Melvin Keiser
R. Melvin Keiser graduated from Earlham College with majors in Philosophy and English (1960), B.D. (1963) and S.T.M. (1964) from Yale Divinity School, M.A. in Christian Theology from Harvard University (1971), Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from Duke University (1974), taught religious and interdisciplinary studies at Guilford College in Greenboro, North Carolina for thirty-six years, is author of various essays in Quaker theology and spirituality, such as "Quaker Principles in the Crucible of Action" (Cross Currents, Winter 1993/94),"’I Knew Him Not But By Revelation’: A Hermeneutics of Inwardness and the Ethics of Same-Sex Love" (Pendle Hill, 1996), and "’Gathered Inward to the Word’: The Way of Word and Silence in Quaker Experience" (Woodbrooke, 1997/98), and of books on the English Quaker Isaac Penington (with Rosemary Moore) and American theologians H. Richard Niebuhr and Stanley Romaine Hopper. He is currently collecting his Quaker essays in "Seeds of Silence" and writing a book, "Meaning and Mystery," on the Quaker way of thought, action, and being. A member of Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting, he lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and has been co-director with his wife, Beth Keiser, of the Quaker-based Common Light Meetingplace in the Asheville, North Carolina area.