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Being a Quaker

Being a Quaker

The first major introduction to the practical faith of British Quakers for over ten years, Being a Quaker: A Guide for Newcomers draws on Geoffrey Durham’s own experience and that of many other Quakers of today. This is a warm and incisive exploration of a distinctive religious group. With its well-judged balance of information, personal experience, spiritual guidance and practical advice – as well as an extensive list of recommended websites and other resources – it is the perfect first book for newcomers.

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God

Twelve Quakers and God

What is God? Who is God? Or maybe the question is: Who is God for you? What is the name you use, what is your experience, your understanding? Twelve Quakers write from their own experience, starting from their own insights, not from any agreed statement of belief. Twelve pieces, twelve different viewpoints, yet each has been life-changing for the person involved.

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Worship

Twelve Quakers and Worship

What is worship? It is our response to an awareness of God. The worship of Quakers is simple, waiting together in the silence and stillness. What is seen as important is the spirit in which you live and how worship helps you to help others. Seeking after God is not to escape from the world but to find the power to heal it.

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Pacifism

Twelve Quakers and Pacifism

Some people who are new to Quakerism find that the word pacifism can prove to be a real stumbling block as they try to move forward. We hope that this book may be of use to them. The twelve Quakers who have written these pieces are of differing ages and backgrounds, and their views on pacifism differ too. We hope that readers will find the diversity stimulating and that this booklet may help them as they form—and perhaps change—their opinions.

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Jesus

Twelve Quakers and Jesus

What part does Jesus play in the Quaker faith? Do Quakers "believe" in the Bible? No one can speak for Quakers as a whole on these matters, but in this booklet twelve individual Quakers share their responses to these questions. The variety of the different approaches to the topic reflects the emphasis that Quakers place on each individual's speaking in a way that is truth for him or her.

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Evil

Twelve Quakers and Evil

What is the Quaker view of evil? How do Quakers judge someone like Hitler? Are natural disasters evil? How do Quakers respond? Can evil be forgiven? Quakers start from experience: they test their understanding against the wisdom of other Quakers, of people, of other churches and faiths. Most importantly, they worship, turning to the Light of God, to their deepest values. Twelve Quakers reflect here on evil and therefore also on goodness and forgiveness and trust.

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Simplicity

Twelve Quakers and Simplicity

Twelve Quakers write about what simplicity means for them in their lives. The starting point for all is a manner of worship that is stripped of all inessentials to enable a clearer focus on the Divine. From their own experience, the writers tell of how they try to extend that understanding of simplicity to the way they live their daily lives, and what this means in a troubled world.

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Equality

Twelve Quakers and Equality

In the seventh volume of this series, twelve individual Quakers explore their commitment to equality through their own experience. Topics include prisons, childhood and issues of race, gender and sexuality. All of them write movingly about their lives and their religion. We hope that his book will help those exploring Quakerism for the first time and Quakers, too, will find inspiration here.

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Faith

Twelve Quakers and Faith

What is faith? Are faith and belief the same thing? What does having faith mean? Twelve Quakers write about what faith means to them in their lives, starting from their own insights, not from any agreed statement of belief. Twelve different accounts, written by twelve very different people, show the impact that faith has on each person's life, compelling and enabling each one to put their faith into action.

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Truth

Twelve Quakers and Truth

What is truth? Does it always need evidence? How does it gain its authority? What is the difference between truth and Truth? Twelve Quakers here explore their commitment to live a life that is authentic and has integrity.

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Prayer

Twelve Quakers and Prayer

What is prayer? If it isn’t pleading or wishing, what is it? What’s the point when prayers are not answered? Is prayer expecting God to do what we should do? Can you pray if you don’t believe in God? Twelve Quakers respond to these and many more questions about prayer from their own experience.

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Faith and Practice

Faith and Practice

Quaker faith & practice ("Qf&p") is the core publication of Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. It is an attempt to express Truth through the vital personal and corporate experience of Friends. It is largely composed of extracts from Friends' writings: a fitting way of expressing the breadth of Quaker theology. It also describes the current structures (church government) of Britain Yearly Meeting.

The fifth edition contains eight chapters that have been updated since the fourth edition. The changes include an updated chapter 16 on the Quaker marriage procedure, which now reflects Yearly Meeting’s decision in 2009 to recognise same- and opposite-sex marriage as equal. Other amendments reflect new committee, administrative and accountability structures in the Society, and more open membership procedures.

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New Light

Would you dare to live your life open to new light (or truth) from wherever it comes? Are you willing to accept the equality of all humanity, treating everyone with respect? Is yours a sacramental vision that does not allow you to despoil the earth or neglect or kill anyone? Could you trust your experience as prime evidence for the Divine without caging the Spirit in man-made dogma?

To see what life would be like if your answers are "Yes!" then the voices of these twelve Quakers will speak to you. For they follow a way that embraces maximum spirituality with minimum religion. Their spiritual path is as simple, radical and contemporary as it was when it began over 350 years ago. Having guarded probably the best kept spiritual secret in the world, because of their refusal to proselytise, Quakers now feel, in the face of climate change and religious extremism, this is the time to speak out and share a way that is tolerant, liberal and compassionate: a way that makes life meaningful, happy and helps to heal the world.

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