What is a Quaker Book of Faith and Practice?

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What do Quakers believe? How do we practice our faith? The best place to look for the answers might be in a book of faith and practice. Here’s what they are and how they evolved over time.

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  2. William Henry

    City & State
    Marion IN
    This seems a superficial treatment of Faith and Practice and lacks balance.

  3. jules

    City & State
    Northwood
    clear … concise … flexible …open … rules … no rules … guide lines … suggestions … a faith from the idividual…..no wonder I appreciate the Quakers

  4. Don Badgley

    City & State
    New Paltz
    So difficult to make accurate statements on this topic. My Faith and Practice says at the beginning that it is NOT rules, per the Elders at Balby. Saying that the Yearly Meeting is the “highest authority” also troubles me. It is not. The terms Liberal and Orthodox are also incomplete, imprecise and nearly useless to listeners outside of Friends. I could write and essay but not here.

  5. jules

    City & State
    Northwood
    Honouring and serving each other, honouring the GAOTU (Grand Architect of the Universe) and all the creations is quite enough!
    That is my thumbnail sketch of Quakerism.
    Is there more?

  6. Brad Laird

    City & State
    South Bend, IN
    I generally find Thomas Hamm to be an excellent source on Quakerism. I think it would be useful to mention that some F&Ps are intended to be descriptive rather than prescriptive in many unprogrammed YMs (excepting most big “C” Conservative YMs). Illinois Yearly Meeting just finished a 27 year process of writing a new F&P and it is descriptive of what we do with some guidelines for our mostly bottom up polity.

  7. Edward Feustel

    City & State
    Plainfield, NH
    Queries and Advices were my favorite part of the Faith and Practice books from the meetings I have attended and from the British Faith & Practice. But these books are a view of Quakerism frozen in time.
    For me the books I return to serve me better: Listening Spirituality – Volume 1: Personal Spiritual Practices Among Friends and Listening Spirituality – Volume II: Corporate Spiritual Practice Among Friends.

  8. Paul S Riley

    City & State
    Philadelphia
    the recent book of Quaker Life and Practice is not as good as the latest Faith and Practice reprinted in 1972. the older book was a classic it included Human Relations in well composed format it included James Whitier great poetry and most of all it included the Peace Statement opposing damaging wars that ruined human beings, undermined world economies and laid waste to clean air, water and the enviroment.

  9. jules

    City & State
    Northwood
    Thank you Brother Paul S. Riley…beautifully condensed!

    Green: because there is no Planet “B”

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