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The Religious Society of Friends FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about The Religious Society of Friends, aka Quakers

In response to various requests in soc.religion.quaker I have compiled the following FAQ answers posting. The history in particular is rather sketchy. This is an evolving document, and corrections are welcomed.

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-1.1 Quakers
The term
-1.2 Shakers
The
-1.3 Plymouth Brethren
The Plymouth Brethren are not an offshoot of Quakerism and ...
-1.4 Oatmeal, Motor Oil, etc.
Since the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania in ...
-2.1 Origins of The Religious Society of Friends
The Religious Society of Friends was started in England around ...
-2.2 American Friends
Friends were active in New England almost from the ...
-2.3 "Programmed", "Unprogrammed", "Evangelical", etc. Meetings,
During the Revival movement in the later 1800's many Friends Meetings ...
-2.4 Worldwide Friends
Many of the Friends elsewhere in the world (besides Britain,...
-3.1 Traditional/Unprogrammed/Silent Meetings
Silent Meetings for Worship are quite a bit different from ...
-3.2 Programmed Meetings
A Quaker Church service is very similar in format to ...
-3.3 Children at Meeting for Worship
Many visitors to meeting, especially those to unprogrammed ...
-4 Meetings for Business
-4.1 Monthly Meetings
Local meetings that hold Meetings for Worship generally hold ...
-4.2 Committees
Since most Unprogrammed Friends' meetings don't have a paid ...
-4.3 Quarterly/Regional Meetings
Larger regional groups of Friends are usually groups of ...
-4.4 Yearly/General Meetings
Even larger groups of Friends are also usually groups of ...
-5 Beliefs of Friends
Friends' beliefs are a little hard to quantify, since ...
-5.1 Christianity
The Religious Society of Friends is a Christian organization,...
-5.2 Authority
Friends generally have held that people are people; no one is ...
-5.3 Marriage
Officially, two Friends marry each other under the care ...
-5.4 War
Friends have generally refused to fight in wars, in particular ...
-5.5 Oaths
Friends traditionally refuse to take oaths of any kind, ...
-5.6 The Death Penalty, the Prison System, etc.
-5.7 Rituals, sacraments, etc.
Friends generally conduct very simple weddings and ...
-5.8 Dress
Many people, are under the impression that Quakers have ...
-6 Terms, Acronyms etc.
AFSC,CFSC,...:...
-7.1 Thee and Thou archaic
Among early Quakers it was traditional to call everyone ...
-7.2 I have a Concern...
Is the traditional method of bringing up an issue to a ...
-7.3 Days of the Week
Early Friends made a big deal out of removing names ...
-7.4 Speaking Truth to Power
Refers to the general concept of the child asking the Emperor ...
-7.5 Holding in the Light
Thinking of someone or something while worshipping, in effect ...
-8.1 Where can I find a local Quaker meeting
One of the best places to look is in your local ...
-8.2 Where can I find Quaker publications
Here are some bookstores that specialize in Quaker publications....
-8.3 Where can I find Electronic publications
Current information on several Quaker mailing lists is ...
-9 Quakers Bibliography
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