I know there are a number of us in the UK who are following Jesus in this Quaker fashion and I hope we can use this site to connect with each other and encourage each other.

I know that for me it's not possible to be a faithful christian in isolation - as I understand it our way is all about Jesus' invitation into the blessed community. We need other christians with the distinctive Quaker understanding of Jesus's teaching.

I hope we can learn better how to speak what God calls us to speak and to live faithfully with the Light we are shown. Perhaps our faithfulness can catalyse the emergence of new clarity and confidence in our christian witness?

If you are in the UK, please will you reply to this discussion so we can help each other connect with other Christ-centred Friends nearby?

[Edited to clarify and remove a phrase that another Friend found disturbing.]

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Hi Alice,

I think there are challenges for us in terms of both our words and our deeds; the truth of the Christ-centred Quaker way must be demonstrated in our message and in our life together. This is difficult when like-minded Friends are scattered and isolated.

In such a context, this may be the best place to start to build community.

Shalom,

Stuart.
Yes, I am very interested in this type of discussion. Thank you and holding you and your in the Light, ASR
I regret you find this deeply disturbing.

BYM is a christian body - it says so on the cover of QF&P our "book of CHRISTIAN discipline", & in advices 2 & 4, probably others. Where you have got the impression it's not? Everything in the Quaker way refers to our particular understanding of the story of Jesus, that's why we have Bibles and Bible study in Meeting Houses. Everyone is welcome whether they are christian or not but it would be untruthful for Friends to represent ourselves corporately as "not christian", though there are some members who do not understand themselves as christian.
I've edited the text you objected to above, I hope it's clearer what I meant now.
I am sorry but I do not understand what is meant by 'actually-existing-Quakerism in Britain'. I do not deny Jesus and his teaching but find aspects of Christianity problematic as my reading of the Gospels present him to me as a Jewish reformer and teacher but somehow I feel that this is often overlooked and I wonder if he would accept the role he has been assigned by history. I have met too many in my life who have affected superiority by claiming that they are a Christian but I wonder would this have been his way? The master is not greater than the servant is s/he?
I became a Friend by virtue of my convincement during a Meeting 20+ years ago and feel that with that experience I am bound to say that I am a Friend. I see no value or virtue in adding anymore to that as in doing so by its very nature it is devisive. Things have happened that not necessarily all are in agreement with but does this discharge us from (attempting to) love one another? In saying this I am aware of the 'Advices and Queries' comment to the effect that I must bear in mind that I may be wrong.
In Friendship
Peter
BYM
Hi Peter,

Clearly Alan is best placed to explain what he meant by 'actually-existing-Quakerism in Britain.'

I came to Friends in Britain explicitly because of their open non-dogmatic and universalist character but since then have felt a strong and enduring leading towards the exploration of a modern and relevant vision of Christian discipleship rooted in early Quakerism and the wider historic peace church tradition. Part of this leading involves a feeling that something vital is missing from current Quaker faith and practice.

I want to find fellowship with others who share a similar perspective so that we can discern together where this leading is taking us. For me this does not entail a denial of the value or sincerity of other Quaker perspectives nor a desire to ignore the corporate discipline of BYM.

I don't see how this can be characterised as divisive when, within BYM there already exists a vast range of special interest groups. We either accept that special interest groups are part of the way we work or do away with them all together.

Shalom,

Stuart.
Open your heart, mind and thoughts.
What do you find? How do you relate to this.
What sayest Thou?
Peter

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