What Attracts Newcomers to Quaker Meeting?

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and QuakerSpeak gathered a group of new Quakers and asked what led them to try being Quaker. Here’s what they said.

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  1. Ann Hippensteel

    City & State
    Milwaukee
    Thank you for all these videos! They help me with my Quaker identity and conviction.

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  3. Patty Quinn

    City & State
    Philadelphia, PA
    Full disclosure, I am an attender, not a member.

    I’m going back about 15 years, so my memory is fuzzy about exactly what called my attention to
    Quakerism, but I remember clearly that Friends’ support of women’s equality called me to learn more about Friends beliefs. I was raised in a fundamentalist family and community where women were confined to home life and always subservient to male family members. Religious leaders preached women’s subordination. I wanted to attend college but in high school I was told, “Nice women don’t go to college. We aren’t sending you to college because you’re to become a wife and mother, and nothing further.” This was in the late 1960s in a Philadelphia suburb.

    That gave me the push I needed to attend meeting. The moment I took my seat on the bench, I felt I’d arrived at my spiritual home. The simple surroundings, the stillness and quiet, the message that I didn’t need a go-between to bring Spirit to me–I could open myself to letting Spirit come directly to me, it felt right. Just right. Seeing women participating as equals felt just as right, as did the belief in continuing revelation.

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