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  Religious Society of Friends - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Society of Friends is counted among the historic peace churches.
Friends also believe that any meal with others can be a form of communion and therefore have no such rite in their worship.
Friends were some of the first to value women as important ministers and to campaign for women's rights, they became leaders in the anti-slavery movement, and were among the first to pioneer humane treatment for the mentally ill and for prisoners.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religious_Society_of_Friends   (5420 words)

 Society of Friends
The Society of Friends has no set creed, liturgy or sacraments, but derives from the Protestant tradition of: a belief in salvation by faith, the trinity, a priesthood of all believers and scripture as the sole spiritual authority.
The Society he formed was revolutionary in its members' refusal to accept any set ministry, adopt any sacraments, recognise class distinctions, pay tithes, or to take oaths to the authorities and in their recognition of sexual equality in worship.
Friends traditionally demonstrated their spiritual concerns by a symbolic refusal to follow the ways of the world in matters such as dress and speech.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/christ/esp/socfriend.html   (548 words)

 Kids.net.au - Encyclopedia Religious Society of Friends -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers or Friends, is a branch of the Christian church founded in England during the 17th century.
On February 11, 1790 the Society of Friends petitioned United States Congress for the abolition of slavery.
Those who join the Religious Society of Friends are said to be convinced Quakers; this is in contrast to those who, as children, were raised as Quakers.
www.kidsseek.com /encyclopedia-wiki/re/Religious_Society_of_Friends   (2540 words)

 Religious Society of Friends - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Another common name was "Friends of the Truth", reflecting the central importance in early Quaker theology of Christ as an inward light that shows you your true condition.
Friends have often expressed this belief by referring to "that of God in Everyone", "inner light", "inward Christ", "the spirit of Christ within", and many other terms.
Early Friends did not believe in performing any special rites or sacraments, believing that holiness can exist in all the activities of one's life—all of life was sacred.
www.glensfalls.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Quaker   (4416 words)

 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Society of Friends (Quakers)
Two conclusions, with disagreeable consequence to the early Friends, were drawn from this rejection of a "priesthood"; the first was, that they refused to pay tithes or church rates; the second, that they celebrated marriage among themselves, without calling in the services of the legally appointed minister.
With the accession to the throne of James II the persecution of the Friends practically ceased; and by successive Acts of Parliament passed after the Revolution of 1688, their legal disabilities were removed; their scruples about paying tithes and supporting the army were respected; and their affirmation was accepted as equivalent to an oath.
Although the Friends repudiate creeds as "external" and "human", yet they, at least the early Quakers and their orthodox modern followers, admit the fundamental dogmas of Christianity as expounded in the Apostles' Creed.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/06304b.htm   (1972 words)

 Facts About Friends
Friends hold that the words of the Bible should not be taken as the final revelation of God.
The silent Meeting of Friends is therefore the sacrament of communion with God during which Friends lay themselves open to the leading of the Spirit.
Friends believe that God's revelation is still continuing, that God is not absent or unknowable but that we can find God ourselves and establish a living relationship thus being able to live in the world free from the burden and guilt of sin.
www.quaker.org /friends.html   (1620 words)

 Society of Friends - Quakers
The Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, is a body of Christians that originated in 17th century England under George Fox.
The Society of Friends may be traced to the many Protestant bodies that appeared in Europe during the Reformation.
Many doctrines of the Society of Friends were taken from those of earlier religious groups, particularly those of the Anabaptists and Independents, who believed in lay leadership, independent congregations, and complete separation of church and state.
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 Religious Movements Homepage: The Religious Society of Friends - Quakers
Friends are very active in the community, through their many service organizations, their lobbying efforts, and their anti-war organizations.
Friends for a Non-Violent World is a Quaker group, located in Minneapolis, whose goal is to encourage peace, community, and justice in the world through example and education.
Friends' ability to adapt to change in the world through their 350 year existence has enabled them to remain a strong and active part of the world's community.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/quak.html   (4141 words)

 Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) - Some Information on Quakerism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) had its beginnings in Great Britain in the middle of the 17th century.
Perhaps the most noted Friend of this century was John Woolman, known both for the depth of faithfulness shown in his life and for his persistent (and successful) efforts to rid the Society of Friends of the evil of slavery.
In Britain, Friends were very active in social reform, including the prsion ministry of Elizabeth Gurney Fry and mental health reform exemplified in The Retreat Mental Hospital.
home.comcast.net /~wsamuel/quakers.html   (621 words)

 New England Yearly Meeting of Friends
George Fox, one of the early founders of the Society of Friends in seventeenth century England, had as a youth suffered great anguish as he sought an answer to his spiritual quest.
Friends in New England try in their meetings for worship to capture the same spirit, a sense of God's presence in the midst, and to be open to new revelation.
Early Friends came to worship with their cup overflowing, and it was then that the power was given to go out and to share the Truth that had come to them.
www.neym.org   (1057 words)

 Society of Friends of Lobo Township
I present these facts of the Friends' faith, that their acts, which make their history, may be read in a truer light, for if a Friend is anything, he is sincere, and his acts and life reflect his faith.
The Society of Friends in Lobo was early interested in the intellectual as well as the spiritual welfare of their younger members.
In the winter of 1875-76 a literary society was organized which afterwards obtained the name of "olio." The Olio became famed far and wide and many of those who had the good fortune to attend it attribute much of their after success to the opportunity for culture it afforded them.
www.geocities.com /Tokyo/Towers/6662/quaklobo.htm   (2256 words)

 Quaker information and religious beliefs
Friends Committee on National Legislation announces their return to "A Place Just Right"-- their building on Capitol Hill, newly renovated as an environmentally "green" facility.
Friends Center Corporation in Philadelphia (housing the Quaker Information Center and six of our members and associates) develops plans for a green renovation as "a living witness to Friends testimonies."
Quakers are members of the Religious Society of Friends, a faith that emerged as a new Christian denomination in England during a period of religious turmoil in the mid-1600's, and is practiced today, in a variety of forms, around the world.
www.quakerinfo.org   (378 words)

 Society of Friends News
Society of Friends News continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
C reme eggs and milk chocolate bars might seem like the height of decadence, but, believe it or not, some of the world's leading confectioners got into the candy business to promote healthy living.
Margaret Lancaster of Winchester, Va., a lifelong member of the Religious Society of Friends, lights candles prior to the start of a memorial...
www.topix.net /religion/quakers   (642 words)

 The Mystery Worshipper: Religious Society of Friends, Salisbury, England
The house was indistinguishable from the others in the street except for the large "Society of Friends Meeting House" notice in the front garden.
During the service a couple of the Friends stood up and gave us their views on how we should be thankful for democracy and more tolerant of politicians, but neither of these really counted as a distraction.
We heard the sound of children's voices from outside and then the Friends' equivalent of the Sunday School (known as the Children's Meeting) arrived bearing what I first assumed to be a papier mache fl sheep, which they placed on the central table.
ship-of-fools.com /Mystery/2000/252Mystery.html   (873 words)

 United Society of Friends Women
It was the winter of 1881, when Eliza A. Cox learned that many women from the Friends had joined a Woman's Foreign Missionary Society that had just been organized in the village by another church.
If our women were joining a missionary society of another denomination, it indicated a willingness and desire on their part to engage in such work, but there was no provision in our denomination for the expression of this desire.
Friends United Meeting field representatives in Ramallah, Kenya, Belize, Jamaica, Chicago Fellowship of Friends.
www.firstfriendswhittier.org /usfw   (638 words)

 Friends United Meeting: About FUM
Friends World Committee for Consultation has called "a special conference to consider Friends' responses to the growing dangers of global war and terrorism." The title of this conference is "Peace Witness in a Time of Crisis: A Friends' Consultation" and will be held at Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, January 17-20, 2003.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation has helpful material for letter-writing calling for peace and an end to the current reoccupation of Palestinian areas of the West Bank.
Please pray for Israeli and Palestinian groups that are working for peace, justice and an end to the occupation, as well as for the well-being of all affected.
www.fum.org /about/peacepage.htm   (536 words)

 Friends of Freedom Society and Ohio Underground Railroad Association
The Friends of Freedom Society, Inc. - Ohio Underground Railroad Association is a grassroots, all volunteer non-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to research, identify, document and preserve Underground Railroad sites throughout Ohio.
The Friends of Freedom Society is asking members to step forward and share your talents on behalf of the organization.
In cooperation with the Friends of Freedom Society, the Ohio Department of Transportation has designated portions of U.S. Route 23 and State Route 4 as the River-To-Lake Freedom Trail.
www.ohioundergroundrailroad.org   (376 words)

 Home Page
The Friends Committee on Scouting serves to encourage and promote the faith, history, and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) through religious education programs for Quaker Scouts/Guides, and Quaker Camp Fire USA members.
Friends Committee on Scouting is an affiliated program of the Friends World Committee for Consultation - Section of the Americas.
Friends interested in participating in the work of FCS are urged to contact the Clerk of FCS.
scouting.quaker.org   (266 words)

 Information on Quakerism - online resources on the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) faith, history, leading ...
James Healton, a Friend of long experience among several branches of Friends, shares the common element that ties the various elements of Quaker thought and practice together.
The Friends meetings of which he was a member and which housed him recall Tom Fox's life and reflect on his death.
The auto- biography of the founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
www.quakerinfo.com   (1245 words)

 Society of Friends
This made it difficult for Quakers to make friends with neighbours as they were unwilling to follow the traditional custom of taking off their hats when they entered a house.
The Society of Friends became the first religious group to denounce slavery and would not permit any of their members to own slaves.
Quakers also established the Peace Society that campaigned for an end to war and were also active in famine relief organizations.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /REquakers.htm   (645 words)

 SEYM (Society of Friends/Quakers)
Friends Peace Teams will send an exploratory team to Colombia in the last week of May, and we need your support and prayers as we go.
As executives of organizations of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), we continue to be guided by our historic testimony concerning God's call to renounce war and seek peace.
Friends who wish to endorse the statement should go to where they will find a screen on which they can fill out information and submit their endorsement.
www.seym.org /peace.html   (1967 words)

 Quaker Joint Statement in Response to Threat of War with Iraq
George Fox, Founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), 1651.
We call upon Friends to witness and work to prevent this war, to reverse this new military doctrine, to call upon our governments to implement multilateral, diplomatic responses to the threats posed by the government of Iraq, and to continue developing positive, nonviolent approaches to resolving international conflicts.
The real path to global security lies in a stronger global civil society based on increasing trust and respect, the rule of international law, and the removal of the roots of violence and war.
www.ncccusa.org /iraq/quakers.html   (482 words)

 RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS (QUAKERS)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Like all religions that heavily concentrate on individual spiritual searching, the Religious Society of Friends is difficult to describe in a short essay.
In 1688, the Friends in Germantown PA took a public stand against slavery; this is believed to be the first stirrings within a religious organization of the abolitionist movement in America.
Friends believe that there exists element of God’s spirit in every human soul.
www.quakers-swfl.org /quaker.html   (1809 words)

 Quakers (Society of Friends)
"An association of members of the Society of Friends with a special sense of unity in the concern for distribution of sound Quaker literature." All tracts are free to copy and distribute.
Read about Friends from the point of view of a University of Virginia sociology of religion student; history, theology, and links.
She is also active with the Massachusetts Council of Churches, with Friends United Meeting, and with several other Quaker organizations....
www.read-the-bible.org /Quakers.html   (1120 words)

 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of The Religious Society Of Friends   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
All Friends are invited to join the special session of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on Saturday, March 25, at the Fourth and Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia.
A recurring and important conversation among Quakers has been about whether the Religious Society of Friends is still primarily a religious body; or whether it has become more essentially a collection of political liberals who occasionally sit quietly together.
Lucretia and James Mott apparently had heard of the planned renovations of Friends Center and were interested in what is happening to the 1856 meetinghouse.
www.pym.org   (1102 words)

 Friends General Conference: Quakers in the unprogrammed tradition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
FGC reaches out to seekers and to other religious bodies inside and outside the wider Religious Society of Friends.
FGC wants Friends and meetings to know about this special AFSC fund to provide financial support to Friends' meetings and organizations that are reaching out to aid evacuees from Hurricane Katrina or in other ways support the relief efforts.
Quakerbooks of FGC (the "FGC Bookstore") carries hundreds of titles of interest to Friends and fellow seekers.
www.fgcquaker.org   (562 words)

 Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
The Society of Friends has always encouraged its members to seek a daily opportunity to withdraw from, the necessary affairs of life, and, "in inward retirement", to renew their resources, and also to ensure that they get their priorities right.
WCTS is produced cooperatively by a group of Friends who, themselves, have felt the movement of the Spirit and who wish to deepen their understanding by interacting with others.
Over the ten years of publication more than twenty Friends have been a part of the editorial and production team and hundreds of Friends in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain have shared their stories.
www.quaker.ca   (447 words)

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