I am not yet a "Friend" but have begun some preliminary reading out of curiosity and would love to learn more. I am somewhat isolated as I do not drive and am not sure how easy it would be to attend a nearby meeting. Can anyone recommend some resources for me that are reliable, generally approved of, and which might help me learn without totally confusing myself? I am just delighted to learn of the openness, thoughtfulness, and philosophical liberality of the RSOF. Having studied comparative religions, cultural anthropology, and having been raised in a religiously tolerant (protestant Christain) family, the ideas I am hearing about ring very true and seem so positive. I am glad this community exists. Thank you.

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Comment by Nathan Swift on 4th mo. 12, 2009 at 4:49pm
I think that i would not recommend Fox' "Journal" as an introduction to Quaker thought. It is a historical document and very valuable in many ways, but i don't think it is a good introduction piece. I think I would be fairly safe in recommending "A Living Faith: An Historical and Comparative Study of Quaker Beliefs" by Wilmer A Cooper as a start. If you would like to help support a good site for general information and discussion of Quaker thought, that book can be ordered through quakerinfo.com and you might want to check out the articles and conversation there for such information. I would urge you to stay connected here for conversation about directions Quaker thought may be taking and generally a little bit more "advanced" connections, but it does not seem to me to be set up to give more basic education. I hope I am not overstepping, but I felt that you deserved a fairly quick answer and this is a busy time for a lot of people.
In His Love,
Nate Swift
Comment by Amybee on 4th mo. 12, 2009 at 7:53pm
Thank you for taking the time to sincerely address my elementary questions. I am so new to using blogs and am so eager to learn that perhaps joining here was a bit of a misstep. I truly appreciate the need to have some kind of cohesive and knowledgeable community and I would never want to intrude or waste others time. I will do some more basic learning on my own as best as I can. Thank you again for your recommendations.
Comment by Nathan Swift on 4th mo. 12, 2009 at 10:25pm
Actually, right after I posted the previous comment, it occurred to me that you might have a great deal to offer this community if you felt that you could talk to us about what you are finding and how it strikes you as well as how you deal with unexpected things as you learn more about Quaker experience. You have started the blog and the connection, and I think you could find an interested audience and some insightful comments here as well. I hope that is worth thinking about for you.
In His Love,
Comment by Amybee on 4th mo. 13, 2009 at 9:21pm
Thank you. That was thoughtful and compassionate. I do hope that as I learn I will humbly be able to offer ideas or perspectives of use to others. I have some homework ahead and feel blessed to have had these exchanges, however brief.


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