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Conservative Friends who follow the classic Quaker understandings of faith and practices. Tag: conservative
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A Short History of Conservative Friends is a wonderful introduction to the origins of the Conservative Friends movement. It includes the 1912 Conservative Statement of Faith, which is about as close to an official definition that exists.
What do Conservative Friends Believe? from Michigan's Crossroads Friends Meeting is a useful contemporary description of one meeting's understanding of Conservative Quakerism.
Friends of Jesus is a group organizing a fresh mix of Conservative Quakerism and an outward-reaching progressive evangelical Christianity.
ConservativeFriend.org is a lively outreach project from Stillwater Meeting in Ohio, with lots of pictures and a discussion board.
Wikipedia has a relatively good article on Conservative Friends.
Ohio Yearly Meeting, Iowa Yearly Meeting Conservative and North Carolina Yearly Meeting Conservative are the three official Conservative yearly meetings. NCYMC publishes an occasional Journal available by PDF.
New Foundation Fellowship US and New Foundation Fellowship UK have traditional Quaker leanings and act as support networks for isolated Conservative Friends and seekers.
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Thanks again, William -- I had neglected to let people know about our journal on Quaker Quaker! So here is my belated announcement:
This spring, North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) published issue #7 of its journal, entitled "Keeping the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace." It focuses on the ways in which NCYM-C has sought to maintain unity while accommodating
difference and change, by placing attention to the Divine at the center of its collective life and identity.
It includes stories of growing up in this yearly meeting, and stories that reflect on the origins of the meeting. It also relates how Friends in NCYM-C have tried to deal with potentially divisive issues, such as same-sex marriage, through good
process builds trust and openness among Friends – and reflects that trust in God which can require letting go of our own assumptions and understandings. A business meeting undertaken in such a manner can draw even Friends of differing minds into closer community. If openness to Divine guidance and careful attention to right practice are at the heart of a meeting’s habits, there is less opportunity for divergent perspectives, opinions or language to be seen as anything but merely human differences – differences that cannot disrupt the more fundamental Truth that binds us.
Try it out for yourself. It's now available as a PDF on our yearly meeting website, at: http://www.ncymc.org/journal/index.html. While there, you can also check out our other journal issues.
Hello, Kent Wicker! I read your introduction to the North Carolina Conservative Friends' journal issue on "Keeping The Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace": http://ncymc.org/journal/2016%20NCYM-C%20Journal.pdf and thought you did a nice job.
Thank you Friend William -- these both look very interesting -- I am adding them to my reading queue.
This is to call to your attention two of my recent publications on Conservative Friends. The first, entitled "Conservative Friends," appeared in Quaker Religious Thought: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/qrt/vol123/iss1/7/
The second, entitled "Ann Branson and the Eclipse of Oracular Ministry in Nineteenth Century Quakerism," is in the Fall issue of *Quaker History*: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/35194
I have heard that the person who was led to form the worship group has joined a local Catholic church. I don't know what any other people who were involved in the worship group are doing.
What went wrong?
Yes Bill, I believe that's true.
I was in Barnesville earlier this week, and heard that the effort to start a Christian meeting in the Finger Lakes area of New York State has been abandoned. What does anyone here know about this?
I think the expressions by Adria would generally resonate with the Workers Group, which is the official body of Friends of Jesus Fellowship and does all the discernment for FOJF. As to people who attend the Gatherings, we are interested in drawing people in. So not all of them are in the same place the Workers Group (of which I am a member) is. So at one end we might have a person or two who is uncertain about Jesus Christ, and at the other end I know at least one who was pretty conservative evangelical to the point of the Bible as the authority and "infallible." We hope the Gatherings are places where people will have a heightened openness to the Holy Spirit, and we'll all grow from our particular hangups.
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