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FRIEND KENNETH L. CARROLL

May 8, Thursday: Kenneth Lane Carroll was born as the 3d child of Albert Raymond Carroll and Mary Ethel
Lane Carroll of Easton, Maryland. He would be educated in the Easton public schools and then
matriculate at Duke University.

Fall: Kenneth L. Carroll’s connection with Quakers began when he was 22 while he was a Duke University
student and dishwasher, at the Friends meeting in Durham, North Carolina.

It has been said that a good meeting for worship comforts
the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. It may do even
more than these two things as, in the living silence or
through the vocal ministry, we experience a sense of
direction or redirection, feel our consciences awakened
or made more sensitive, or find within us a yearning for
the triumph of God’s will in our own lives and in the world
around us.... In the autumn of 1946 I attended my first
Quaker meeting for worship, finally discovering some
Friends present (after two unsuccessful efforts). At that
time the Durham, N.C., Meeting was held only on the second
and fourth Sundays, and not being aware of that fact I had
come on the preceding fifth and first Sundays — hoping to
find a religious approach and type of worship which might
prove meaningful and alive to me. This was at the end of

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1946

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The New Garden meetinghouse of Guilford County, North Carolina, depicting the Yearly Meeting for 1867, by John Collins of New Jersey.

Kenneth L. Carroll’s Touched by God in Quaker Meeting (Pendle Hill Pamphlet #338. Wallingford, Pennsylvania: Pendle Hill Publications <http://www.pendlehill.org/bookstore/catalog/>

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a spiritual pilgrimage which had, at first, taken me away
from the church in which I was raised and then led me to
a rejection of organized or institutionalized religion as
such. I became convinced that religion is purely personal,
with there being no need for a religious community.
Ultimately I came to see that I was wrong, that for me
there is a real need for a religious community — for the
help, guidance, fellowship, encouragement, etc., that are
so vital for a satisfying religious life. This discovery
led me to sample a variety of religious approaches:
Protestantism in many delicious flavors, Roman
Catholicism, and even Reform Judaism. None of those spoke
to my condition, so that there still remained the Quakers
for me to visit. I knew about the Quaker peace testimony,
which I found appealing, but had no real understanding of
their worship — waiting in expectant silence until God
spoke to them before speaking to each other. Also, at this
time when much of the world was marked with despair and
almost overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness and
helplessness (given the great destruction and collapse
brought on by World War II), I too was wrestling with the
questions “What can a person do in a world that needs so
much help, so much healing, so much rebuilding?”
The meeting for worship was rather small, about twenty or
twenty-five people sitting in a circle in the middle of
the Social Room at the Duke Divinity School building.
Without a signal, and almost without notice, those present
slipped from their initial joy in seeing each other into
a silence that soon became a living silence. Although
totally unused to such an approach to worship I found
myself increasingly a part of what was happening. Well
along in the hour the silence was broken for the first
(and only) time when an elderly, white-haired man with a
gentle South Carolina accent uttered a brief message that
came from his heart, and that spoke to most if not all of
us, for it rang of experience, reality, and sincerity.
This professor of medicine at the Duke Medical School told
us how he, too, had been troubled by the question of what
he as an individual could do to help in this world and age
that cried out in so many ways for attention and action.
He, too, had felt overwhelmed by the enormity of the
needs, experiencing almost a spiritual “paralysis.” Yet,
in the preceding week, he had received a great deal of
help and encouragement as he had read a biography of
Elizabeth Fry who had accepted the situation of women in
English prisons as a challenge and then gave her life to
meeting the need she had found. As he had read this and
then meditated on her work it had become increasingly
clear to David Smith that he was not called to take on all
the world’s problems. He now knew that he was called to
meet those individual needs that called out to him for

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Fall: Kenneth L. Carroll’s “Some Thoughts on George Fox’s Visit to America in 1672” (Quaker History
61, pages 82-90).

1976-1978 Cheryl F. Junk

1978-1980 Alice S. Keighton

1980-1982 John B. Hunter

1982-1984 Edward M. Arnett

1984-1986 Calhoun D. Geiger

1986-1988 John P. Stratton

1988-1990 J. Robert Passmore

1990-1992 Karen Cole Stewart

1992-1995 Kathleen Davidson March

1995-1998 Nikki Vangsnes

1998-2000 Co-clerks J. Robert Passmore
& Karen Cole Stewart

2000-2002 Amy Brannock

2002-2002 Jamie Hysjulien (Acting)

2002-2005 William Thomas O’Connor

2005-2007 Terry Graedon

2007-2009 Anne Akwari

2009-2012 Joe Graedon

2012-xxxx Marguerite Dingman

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Kenneth L. Carroll’s “Henry Fell, Early Publisher of Truth” (Journal of the Friends’ Historical
Society 53, pages 113-123).

The Durham Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends took on “dual affiliation”
with the North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative, Wilburite) and the Friends General
Conference (Hicksite), through membership in the Piedmont Friends Fellowship.

Kenneth L. Carroll’s “Sackcloth and Ashes and Other Signs and Wonders” (Journal of the Friends’
Historical Society 52, pages 314-325).

Fall: Kenneth L. Carroll’s “Death Comes to a Quakeress” (Quaker History 64, pages 96-104).

Kenneth L. Carroll’s “Quaker Weavers at Newport, Ireland, 1720-1740” (Journal of the Friends’
Historical Society 54, pages).

In this year and the following one, restoration work was done to the old Quaker meetinghouse in
Conanicut or Jamestown, Rhode Island, a structure dating to 1786 (the building is now maintained
by the Jamestown Historical Society).

Providence’s Lincoln School for girls was set off as a separate corporation from the New England
Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

April: Kenneth L. Carroll’s “The Irish Quaker Community at Camden” (The South Carolina Historical
Magazine 77, pages 69-83).

1973

1975

1976

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