Testimonies

Quaker Culture: Testimonies

Friends’ testimonies are descriptions of actions and behaviors that have characteristically sprung from the very foundation of shared Quaker beliefs. They are neither proscriptive nor prescriptive, but descriptive of Friends’ lives.

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The Quaker Way: A Rediscovery - Review

The Quaker Way: A Rediscovery by Rex Ambler

reviewed by Talley Kenyon

So just what is The Quaker Way? What is going on when we sit in silence? Why do we need a Meeting for Worship?  How does all this play out in our everyday lives? These questions are explored and explained in the seven short chapters of this new book by British Friend, Rex Ambler.  

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Of Quakers and Cowboys

The image of the cowboy was created in Western movies and novels as a hard living, hard drinking gambler who is quick with a gun and lonely for women.  Quakers are also viewed in popular culture through erroneous stereotypes, and are believed to be extinct, except for their image on the Quaker Oats box. 

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A Paradox of Belief

George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, disapproved of creeds, as they are divisive rather than unifying. He also thought that mere words could not encapsulate the transcendence of the Divine. Quakers have always interpreted the words and symbols of Christianity and the Divine in novel ways, and our understanding of Quaker faith has also evolved over time.

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