Quakers

Quakerism is a 21st century and worldwide religion that originated from those who dissented from the way that Christianity was practiced in England during the tumultuous years that followed the Civil War of the 1640s. The organizational structures that set them apart from other dissenters was established by George Fox and continue to be interpreted by the individual groups of Quakers who function in different countries within groupings termed “Yearly Meetings.” Quakers do not hold any creed and believe that there is something of “God” in every person although in some Quaker churches there are those who do not hold Jesus Christ to be divine or even for there to be a God.

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Religion & Spirituality
Quakers

Who was raised as a quaker?

I know numbers of people who were raised as Quakers but they are just ordinary people living as best as they can and their names will not mean anything to anybody who does not know them, so I shall not write them here.

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Gay Lesbian and Bisexual
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Are Quakers pro gay?

Quakers are a largely liberal denomination, and although not all Quakers are of one mind about this (there is division over this issue), generally speaking Quakers are one of the most LGBT-accepting of the older Christian denominations out there. On the east coast, Quakers tend to be less structured, often somewhat less strictly Bible/Christianity-centric and more liberal and accepting of gays, but in other parts of America, Quakerism takes on a more structured form and may be less accepting of LGBT folk.

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History, Politics & Society
Colonial America
Delaware
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What religion was the Delaware colony?

Quakers

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Did the Quakers establish the Plymouth colony?

they did establish the Plymouth colony during 1620 and then later established more colony's elsewhere
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Why do Quakers wear head scarves?

Nowadays, presumably to protect their hair, keep their ears and head warm and perhaps because a scarf looks smart along with other clothes being worn.

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What did the Quakers always believe in?

The guiding principles of the Quakers have been peace, mutual cooperation, learning, friendship and brotherhood, freedom, and equality.

At the core of their beliefs is the notion from George Fox is that there is 'that of God' in all people.

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What ideas did Quakers support?

Peace; nonviolent means to dispute resolution; education of the populace; silent prayer meeting so that each individual could enter into communion and communication with God, directly, only speaking "when the Spirit moves you".

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Physics
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Why did the Quakers object to the vestry act?

Because the Quakers didn't approve of the Anglican Church. The Anglican Church was basically the Church of England. The Vestry Acts collected money for the Anglican Church so the Quakers didn't want to.

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Founding Fathers
History of the United States
History of Europe
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Which is the colony founded by the Quakers?

Pennsylvania founded by William Penn.

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Conditions and Diseases
Autism
Aspergers Syndrome
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Is there a high rate of autism and Asperger's Syndrome among the Quakers?

I was just wondering the same thing. It would be wise for someone to research them as a variable for enviromental and medical factors linking to these conditions.

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What was life like as a Quaker?

I have no experience of what it 'was like' beyond my own for the last 16 years.

Quakers are still a worldwide Religious Group and so it is now, exhilarating and challenging as I try to life 'in the spirit' as I understand it, minute by minute.

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What kind of holidays do Quakers celebrate?

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What do Quakers call their house of worship?

Usually a 'Meeting House'.

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Religion & Spirituality
Christianity
Quakers

What do Quakers believe in?

Quakers believe that there is something of God in everybody and that each human being is of unique worth. This is why Quakers value all people equally, and oppose anything that may harm or threaten them. They seek religious truth in inner experience, and place great reliance on conscience as the basis of morality.

They emphasise direct experience of God rather than ritual and ceremony. They believe that priests and rituals are an unnecessary obstruction between the believer and God. They integrate religion and everyday life. They believe God can be found in the middle of everyday life and human relationships, as much as during a meeting for worship.

Among key Quaker beliefs are:

  • God is love
  • the light of God is in every single person
  • a person who lets their life be guided by that light will achieve a full relationship with God
  • everyone can have a direct, personal relationship with God without involving a priest or minister
  • redemption and the Kingdom of Heaven are to be experienced now, in this world

Quakers work actively to make this a better world. They are particularly concerned with:

  • human rights, based on their belief in equality of all human beings
  • social justice
  • peace
  • freedom of conscience
  • environmental issues - Quakers seek to live simply so as to reduce the burden on the world
  • community life
Holy Books Quakers do not regard any book as being the actual 'word of God'.

Most Quakers regard the Bible as a very great inspirational book but they don't see it as the only one, and so they read other books that can guide their lives. Holy Days Quakers do not celebrate Christian festivals such as Easter and Christmas. Worship Quaker communal worship consists of silent waiting, with participants contributing as the spirit moves them. Are Quakers Christian? Although outsiders usually regard the movement as a Christian denomination, not all Quakers see themselves as Christians; some regard themselves as members of a universal religion that (for historical reasons) has many Christian elements.

Tolerance is part of the Quaker approach to life, so Quakers are willing to learn from all other faiths and churches.

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Was john spedan Lewis a quaker?

No he wasn't

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Jobs & Education
History of the United States
Quakers

Where Did Lucretia Mott die?

She died in Abington Pennsylvania in 1880.

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Colonial America
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Why did the Quakers come to North America and which colony did they settle?

They came to look for land.

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Comparative Religions and Denominations
Amish
Quakers

Are the Amish Quakers?

No. They are two different denominations. Most modern Quakers (members of the Society of Friends) do not dress 'plain' as the Amish do.

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Why did Quakers support settlement of freed slaves in Africa?

Quakers supported the settlement of freed slaves in Africa because they believed it would result in a better life for freemen.

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Religion & Spirituality
Clothing
Quakers

Do they wear special clothes in the quaker church?

The short answer is no, but the question surely arises from the fact that during the second period of Quaker history, at the outset of the 18th Century, and known as The Quietist Period, a concern against ostentation and vanity led Quakers to adopt what amounted almost to a uniform and enforced its wearing on more reluctant members. Margaret Fell, the only surviving Early Quaker unsuccessfully opposed the practice as a "silly poor gospel"

While later Quakers see this period as one in which the deadly hand of legalism was felt, they recognise also that the discipline upheld high standards of moral behavior and protected against undue compromise of basic Christian principles. Quakers were known to be honest and for this, flourished in business. It was the period which set the pattern for the Quaker form of worship, based of silence.

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Africa
Religion & Spirituality
Quakers

Are there any black Quakers?

Yes, hundreds of thousands in Kenya and some elsewhere.

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Did the Quakers settle in Oregon in 1692?

yes

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Religion & Spirituality
Christianity
Quakers

Are there any restrictions Quakers have to abide by?

To be tolerant of one another.

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Name three things that the Quakers believe?

1. Everyone is equal.

2. People could follow thir own "inner light" to salvation.

3. They did not need clergy to guide them.

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Who were the Quakers and where did they settle?

"Quakers" is a name given to the religious group "The Religious Society of Friends," which began in England around the 17th century. Adherents tend to avoid clergy and rituals and focus on personal spiritual experiences. The founders included George Fox (1624-1691).

Quakers are a group of Christians who use no scripture and believe in great simplicity in daily life. The early Quakers came to colonial America under the auspices of William Penn, who established the colony of Pennsylvania.

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