Worldwide, approximately 359,000 adults are members of the Religious Society of Friends. There are fewer than 100,000 of us Quakers in the United States—about a third of the number of Missouri Synod Lutherans in Illinois (where I sang in the choir all through high school).
So. It’s no wonder people don’t know much about Quakerism or what Quakers are like today.
The weekly QuakerSpeak videos are trying to correct that with short conversations with contemporary Friends. A recent one
features Guilford College professor Max Carter responding to the frequent question: Are Quakers Amish?
In less than five minutes, Max clearly describes the major differences between the two religions and in the process tells a lot about what Quakerism is.
One of my favorite responses, though, is this
t-shirt that a Friend from Seattle recently made.
“Afterthoughts” are my blog version of a practice followed in some Quaker meetings. After meeting for worship ends, people continue in silence for a few more minutes during which they’re invited to share thoughts or reflect on the morning’s worship. I’ve adopted the form here for last-day-of-the-month brief reflections on headlines, quotes, comments overheard, maybe even bumper stickers.