Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
As a person who strives to define Quaker ideals I have experienced both pain and pride at its usage. I like the word because it evokes the simple testimony of early Friends. Unfortunately, the people using the term define it in their own world of reference which can be quite small. It amazes me how "quakerly" is used distructively and life denying as it can be toward persons with different sexual preferences or gender identities. My belief tells me that "quakerly" is life and love affirming which can, like any adjective, be used poorly.