Do All Quakers Hold the Same Beliefs?

“Traditionally, Quakers were Christian, mostly because in England in the 1640s there wasn’t anybody who wasn’t a Christian. But even in that first generation,” Adam Segal-Isaacson explains, “there was a reaching out to others… There was always a sense of it being a larger group, that we could encompass anybody who was inclined to be encompassed.”

Thus people arrive at Quakerism from varied backgrounds, each with experiences that can inform others’ spiritual journeys. Adam, for example, worshiped at both meetinghouses and synagogues when he was growing up. “There was no conflict for me between Quakerism and Judaism,” he says, because both faiths have a focus on good works and making the world a better place.

What were the markers on your path to Quakerism? What spiritual touchstones do you share with your friends who aren’t Friends?

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