The Religious Society of Friends is a welcoming place to rest, as several Friends have described. For many people, that's all they want. And that is fine, as long as they are tolerant of the myriad beliefs found under one…"
"UU, Liberal Quaker, and Secular Humanist were my top 3 on Beliefnet when I took it a couple years ago :)
Your version of God (set things in motion then let them run) sounds like Deism. My boyfriend is a Quaker Deist. I consider…"
"Chandra, I think that the idea that Christians believe that god is some old man in the sky is somewhat untrue. I do not say that there are no Christians that believe that but very few I have met have that understanding of god. I don't think the…"
"Thanks for sharing this beliefnet link. It confirmed what my research & self exploration has revealed.
While raised United.....something was always missing and in fact as a result of this feeling I left the church for many years.…"
I encourage you to visit an unprogrammed (aka "libera") Quaker meeting, and to allow yourself to explore and experience in the way Liz suggested.
I want to add that many devout Christians have the same reservations about…"
I was raised Unitarian-Universalist but found something in gathered silence more powerful than any sermon and more authentic than any church service. After becoming a Quaker I started reading George Fox and discovered that he objected to…"
"hi, Chandra! i took that same quiz on belief.net a couple of years ago, and my top 3 were identical to yours! i wasn't raised anything either--dad an agnostic and mom an atheist. my cousins were fundamentalists, mostly, so went to church with…"
"I've heard Judaism described as not being about correct belief so much as a correct life. I think that fits the Society of Friends also.
Like Tim, I identify the Spirit of Christ with the Inner Light. I would also welcome you to our Meeting…"
"Obviously you fit the contemporary 'Liberal Friend' category quite well.
The question, to my mind, is whether you find it a satisfactory resting place... That "something 'out there' " as you put it-- Are you content…"
Wow, I don't know that I would have been as brave as you, to have Googled about liberal Quakers and then post something like this... but I was shy as a 20-something and I know everyone's a bit different....
One thing I want…"
"Welcome! I hope someone else can give a better answer about the different branches of Quakerism.
There's a wide spectrum of belief present in many Friends Meetings. Have you read about the spiritual disciplines practiced by Quakers? I came to…"
Where do I begin?Last year I stumbled upon a website called BeliefNet.org. It contained a quiz called the Belief-O-Meter, in which you answer a series of questions pertaining to your personal belief system, from which is derives a list of religions that most closely coincide with you. It listed Neo-Paganism, Unitarian Universalism, and Liberal Quaker as my top three.These are my thoughts on on those results:-Neo-Paganism- Though I may have owned a couple of spell books during high school,…See More
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I did this project with the Young Friends of Richmond Friends Meeting in Virginia for six months or so, studying some of the most important moments in Quaker history and generally having a good time.
Our "animation" style was inspired by an epipheo…