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What makes a Quaker organization Quaker?

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: February 10, 2012

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

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by Lucy Duncan

Having worked at Friends General Conference and now AFSC, as well as having F/friends who work in Quaker schools, colleges, and yearly meetings, I’ve heard a lot of conversation about what constitutes a Quaker organization. I find that these conversations uncover much theological diversity, as well as discussion about whether the Quaker faith is primarily a faith about how we regard our relationship to the divine or about how we live. I think this is an important and interesting conversation for Friends to have. Please share your thoughts about what constitutes a Quaker organization. How does an organization express the essential qualities of Quaker faith, practice, and the testimonies? What does that look like? How should that look? Please offer examples.

About the Author

Lucy Duncan

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. Before working for AFSC, she was Director of Communications at FGC, managed QuakerBooks of FGC, and owned and managed her own children's bookstore in Omaha, The Story Monkey. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

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