The substance of these essays has little to do with any particular theological view, being rather an existential analysis of and prophetic advocacy for the experience of our creature-hood exposed to the glory of God. From one angle or another, all these essays encourage us (1) to accept the profound inadequacy of our natural resources to meet our spiritual needs and (2) to understand ourselves as called to participation in the empowering otherness of the divine. The most basic fact of human nature, Dallman reminds us, is that we are self-transcending beings groping within the disaster of lives centered in ephemeral human selfhood. Having therein corrupted a moral character structured around life in Eden, thatis, around self-surrendering responsiveness to God, we can find enlightened wholeness of life only through the corrective dynamics of centering our person on the eternal Truth revealed in the Inward Light. Reconstructing ourselves aroudn this new center of being, Dallman shows us, is our responsibility, a choice of our free will, enabled and enacted through the inwardly known life and power of God.
—from the introduction by Wood Bouldin
Patricia Dallman has ministered and taught among liberal Quakers in the Philadelphia area and Europe since the mid-1980s. She is an editor of Hope Bulletin, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting social justice newsletter.