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Conservative Friends

Conservative Friends who follow the classic Quaker understandings of faith and practices. Tag: conservative

Members: 179
Latest Activity: 3rd month 23

Conservative Quaker Resources

A Short History of Conservative Friends is a wonderful introduction to the origins of the Conservative Friends movement. It includes the 1912 Conservative Statement of Faith, which is about as close to an official definition that exists.

What do Conservative Friends Believe? from Michigan's Crossroads Friends Meeting is a useful contemporary description of one meeting's understanding of Conservative Quakerism.

Friends of Jesus is a group organizing a fresh mix of Conservative Quakerism and an outward-reaching progressive evangelical Christianity.

ConservativeFriend.org is a lively outreach project from Stillwater Meeting in Ohio, with lots of pictures and a discussion board.

Wikipedia has a relatively good article on Conservative Friends.

Ohio Yearly Meeting, Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative and North Carolina Yearly Meeting Conservative are the three official Conservative yearly meetings. NCYMC publishes an occasional Journal available by PDF.

New Foundation Fellowship US and New Foundation Fellowship UK have traditional Quaker leanings and act as support networks for isolated Conservative Friends and seekers.

Discussion Forum

At peace with being isolated?

Started by Barbara Smith. Last reply by Paula Roberts 9th month 27, 2014. 11 Replies

A Thought Provoking Piece from Atlantic Monthly

Started by Keith Saylor 3rd month 24, 2014. 0 Replies

Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting on Facebook!

Started by Barbara Smith 3rd month 8, 2014. 0 Replies

New Worship Group near Ithaca, NY

Started by Barbara Smith. Last reply by Barbara Smith 11th month 17, 2013. 14 Replies

When is Ohio Yearly Meeting this year?

Started by Barbara Smith. Last reply by Connie Bair-Thompson 3rd month 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Featured Blog Posts

Meetups, Events, and Resources

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Comment by Kent Wicker on 11th mo. 14, 2016 at 7:32pm

Thanks again, William -- I had neglected to let people know about our journal on Quaker Quaker!  So here is my belated announcement:

This spring, North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) published issue #7 of its journal, entitled "Keeping the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace."  It focuses on the ways in which NCYM-C has sought to maintain unity while accommodating
difference and change, by placing attention to the Divine at the center of its collective life and identity. 

It includes stories of growing up in this yearly meeting, and stories that reflect on the origins of the meeting.  It also relates how Friends in NCYM-C have tried to deal with potentially divisive issues, such as same-sex marriage, through good
process builds trust and openness among Friends – and reflects that trust in God which can require letting go of our own assumptions and understandings. A business meeting undertaken in such a manner can draw even Friends of differing minds into closer community. If openness to Divine guidance and careful attention to right practice are at the heart of a meeting’s habits, there is less opportunity for divergent perspectives, opinions or language to be seen as anything but merely human differences – differences that cannot disrupt the more fundamental Truth that binds us.


Try it out for yourself.  It's now available as a PDF on our yearly meeting website, at: http://www.ncymc.org/journal/index.html.  While there, you can also check out our other journal issues.

Thanks!

Comment by William F Rushby on 11th mo. 13, 2016 at 2:54pm

Hello, Kent Wicker!  I read your introduction to the North Carolina Conservative Friends' journal issue on "Keeping The Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace": http://ncymc.org/journal/2016%20NCYM-C%20Journal.pdf and thought you did a nice job.

 

Comment by Kent Wicker on 11th mo. 7, 2016 at 8:36am

Thank you Friend William -- these both look very interesting -- I am adding them to my reading queue.

Comment by William F Rushby on 10th mo. 31, 2016 at 5:27pm

This is to call to your attention two of my recent publications on Conservative Friends.  The first, entitled "Conservative Friends," appeared in Quaker Religious Thought:  http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/qrt/vol123/iss1/7/

The second, entitled "Ann Branson and the Eclipse of Oracular Ministry in Nineteenth Century Quakerism," is in the Fall issue of *Quaker History*: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/35194

Comment by Connie Bair-Thompson on 7th mo. 17, 2015 at 5:44pm

I have heard that the person who was led to form the worship group has joined a local Catholic church.  I don't know what any other people who were involved in the worship group are doing.

Comment by William F Rushby on 7th mo. 17, 2015 at 12:59pm

What went wrong?

Comment by Connie Bair-Thompson on 7th mo. 17, 2015 at 10:00am

Yes Bill, I believe that's true.

Comment by William F Rushby on 7th mo. 17, 2015 at 9:15am

I was in Barnesville earlier this week, and heard that the effort to start a Christian meeting in the Finger Lakes area of New York State has been abandoned.  What does anyone here know about this?

Comment by Bill Samuel on 4th mo. 7, 2015 at 10:23pm

I think the expressions by Adria would generally resonate with the Workers Group, which is the official body of Friends of Jesus Fellowship and does all the discernment for FOJF. As to people who attend the Gatherings, we are interested in drawing people in. So not all of them are in the same place the Workers Group (of which I am a member) is. So at one end we might have a person or two who is uncertain about Jesus Christ, and at the other end I know at least one who was pretty conservative evangelical to the point of the Bible as the authority and "infallible." We hope the Gatherings are places where people will have a heightened openness to the Holy Spirit, and we'll all grow from our particular hangups.

Comment by Adria Gulizia on 3rd mo. 18, 2015 at 8:36am
Thanks to everyone who expressed support for and interest in the Friends of Jesus Fellowship! Alison, why don't you send me a private message with your contact info and I can put you in touch with others from our group. Relationship comes before membership, and we'd love to get to know you!
Rich, thanks for reminding us of the importance of tenderness. It would be great to see you at our fall gathering, which is conveniently located in NJ.
If anyone is reading this who does not share the views I expressed, you are welcome too, in our groups and our gatherings! Come and get to know us! We don't claim to know everything, but we know who we are in Christ and we want to share that with you.
 

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