The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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“A Friend’s meeting, however silent, is at the very lowest a witness that
worship is something other and deeper than words, and that it is to the
unseen and eternal things that we desire to give the first place in our
lives. And when the meeting…is awake and looking upwards, there is much
more in it than this. In the united stillness of a truly ‘gathered’ meeting,
there is a power known only by experience, and mysterious even when most
familiar.” Caroline Stephen, (1908).

Overview and a disclaimer:

Most faith groups have specific beliefs that their membership is expected to follow.
Sometimes, as in the case of the Roman Catholic church, these requirements are numerous.
The Religious Society of Friends is near the opposite end of the religious
spectrum. They rely heavily upon spiritual searching by individual members, individual
congregations and meetings (regional assemblies). This makes the Quakers difficult
to describe in a short essay. We attempt here to portray mainstream Quaker practice. Some
Quaker meetings at the liberal and evangelical ends of the spectrum differ significantly
from what is covered here.

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Latest update: 2015-APR-20
Author: B.A. Robinson

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