I'm a lifelong Quaker who discovered Friends in 1993 when my husband enrolled at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. We both became convinced Friends and are members of Valley Mills Friends Meeting (WYM) in Indianapolis where my husband is pastor. We are a s emiprogrammed meeting with some music, message and good amount of silence. Although we both are members of a pastoral meeting, we are equally comfortable in the silent tradition (which is personally my preference!) I work as a children's librarian and am a voracious reader. I have three children, oldest son married and in graduate school at Ohio State, one daughter, who is a senior at Earlham College majoring in Peace and Global Studies (she just spent the last semester in Northern Ireland studying and working in conflict resolution), and a son who is a Junior in high school. I like to write in my spare time, when that exists.
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Welcome, Miriam! I live in metro Columbus, and my older daughter went to Earlham and graduated with degree in English (2004). She is now in Pharmacy school at Ohio State.
I assume that when you say you are a lifelong Quaker who became convinced, you mean that you realized you were a "Quaker but didn't know it"? I had a similar experience, and I understand it's very common!