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Newtown Quakers to hear research studies by Haverford and Princeton college seniors


John Ratliff, a member of Newtown Quaker Meeting and a senior at Haverford College, will discuss his study of Gnosticism in the Bible, and Kamryn (Kamy) Loustau, a senior at Princeton University, will discuss her study of mourning rituals among African American slaves at 9:45 a.m. Sunday at the Newtown Quaker Meetinghouse, 219 Court St.

Ratliff’s program, “Interpreting Gnosis: Understanding the Material and Immaterial,” will look at “an early branch of Christianity that emphasizes the importance of divine knowledge and salvation, relate Gnosticism to Quaker thought, explore the main Gnostic texts, and compare them to our modern understanding of the Old Testament.

Loustau’s program, “Mourning by Morning and Freedom by Night,” investigates the different processes that African American Slaves performed in order to mourn the lives of those lost and explores how they found freedom and hope during these rituals.

Newtown Friends Meeting for Worship begins at 11 a.m. Childcare is provided.

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