Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Welcome to our online community of Quaker bloggers, video producers, photographers and readers reaching across our divisions and out into the world in fresh ways to talk about ministry and renewal. We hope to engage new voices and share the Quaker message far out into the world. The spirit of Christ has come to teach the people; are we ready to listen?
The term "Quaker-Quaker" was first used in a 2003 essay by Martin Kelley called "We're All Ranters Now: On Liberal Friends and Becoming a Society of Finders":
Many people now join Friends because it's the religion without a religion, i.e., it's a community with the form of a religion but without any theology or expectations. We are a proud to be a community of seekers. Our commonality is in our form and we're big on silence and meeting process. Is it any wonder that almost everyone today seems to be a hyphenated Quaker? If we became a religious society of Finders, then we'd need to figure out what it means to be a Quaker-Quaker: someone who's theology and practice is Quaker.
QuakerQuaker.org's primary audience is those Friends and seekers from all traditions who want to explore classic Quaker understandings of theology and practice and what challenges and inspiration these pose for us both as individuals and as Spirit-led twenty-first century Friends.
Active posters on the QuakerQuaker editorial team includes:
QuakerQuaker is an independent publication founded as part of a 2005 grant from the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership. It is a project of MartinKelley.com. You can learn more about his history and the start of the publication on the QuakerQuaker profile page.
The editorial team creates the main list of featured blog posts. We don't list every post by every Friend but instead focus on interesting posts that say something about the current state of our religious society or point the way toward renewal and outreach. Our editorial guidelines are threefold:
Those new to Friends should keep in mind that there are different types and branches of Quakers and that no particular post, link or website can do justice to the great diversities of our religious society.
There are many parts of the site where people can participate directly. When posting here, remember that this site has a fairly simple and modest goal. We want to support two constituencies:
There are a number of Friends in good standing with their meeting or church who don't fall into either of these categories. They like to have discussions about all sorts of topics. Sometimes these are distractions. Occasionally and sadly, they are sometimes downright unhelpful, even hostile, and we've seen them push away the very audiences we seek. We're kind of tickled that QuakerQuaker has become one of the most diverse gathering places for Friends but diversity for its own sake isn't what we're after.
QuakerQuaker does not seek to be a general-topic Quaker forum. There's lots of great work happening beyond our modest editorial niche and we're happy to link to other sites in our Beliefs and Groups section.
We're less interested in the fractured and broken Religious Society of Friends as it currently exists than we are in the RSOF that God is calling us to be. There's still a "great people to be gathered" (Isaiah by way of George Fox) and the internet is bringing millions of disaffected seekers together in online forums and alt-Christian movements. We want to convert that to a revitalized Friends movement.
As in all life, keep conversation here friendly. We want an open, curious and respectful tone here on QuakerQuaker. If you find there's someone you keep butting heads with, stop communicating with them. Respect the basic intent of any group you join. If you don't agree with a group's basic premise you probably shouldn't join it. Debate for its own sake isn't appreciated here. We're not writing epistles, fighting over finances or deciding over property and personnel issues. This is not an official Friends body; no consensus needs to be reached on any topic at all. Share your truth but don't insist on it for others.
If you are here to post controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or disrupting normal on-topic discussion, then you should leave. Now. (See: Troll in Wikipedia).
If you are posting on behalf of a professional Quaker organization with a social media strategy that includes frequent posts with links to your site, then please stop and contact us to consider advertising. We're not here as a free publicity service. Helpful hint that you've gone too far: if you are working on company time and you're boss knows what you're doing or if these posts are going to be included in your report to your committee.
We've seen internal memos from big Quaker players talking about using Quaker blogs to shill their organizations. We probably like your work, but this is a human discussion site and we want people here because they want to be here and not because their boss tells them to post. If you're here to advertise then please advertise. Our rates are competitive and highly affordable to even the most cash-strapped Quaker body.
Last updated by Martin Kelley 4th month 24, 2014.