Introducing Quakers

London: Friends Home Service Committee, 1978. Revised. Trade paperback. Format is approximately 5 inches by 7.25 inches. 80 pages. Cover has some wear and soiling. Footnotes. Illustrations. Includes Preface, Introduction, and Index, as well as chapters on Approach to Faith; Quakers and Christianity; Quaker Worship; The Quaker Community; Quaker Organization; Quaker Concerns; National Activities; Can I Become a Quaker?. Also contains Suggestions for Further Reading, as well as an Index. This short book is intended to introduce Quakers to people who, wile they know little about them, are interested to know more. Limited to the experience of Quakers in Britain. George Humphrey Gorman was born in 1916. George sought and obtained unconditional exemption in 1940 from serving in the armed forces in the second world war. He became active amongst the Religious Society of Friends in Cheltenham Meeting. In the 1940s George Gorman served as Clerk of what was then Young Friends Central Committee, now Young Friends General Meeting. He moved on to work for Friends Home Service Committee based at Friends House in London and became its General Secretary in 1952. His short book "Introducing Quakers" proved very influential. George’s own 1973 Swarthmore Lecture “The Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship” continues to serve as a classic text about Quakers. George’s writings were the source for seven paragraphs in the current Quaker Faith and Practice of Britain Yearly Meeting. George Gorman was instrumental in helping both the Penn Club in central London and Charney Manor to find ways to continue their service. The Religious Society of Friends, also referred to as the Quaker Movement, was founded in England in the 17th century by George Fox. He and other early Quakers, or Friends, were persecuted for their beliefs, which included the idea that the presence of God exists in every person. Quakers rejected elaborate religious ceremonies, didn’t have official clergy and believed in spiritual equality for men and women. Quaker missionaries first arrived in America in the mid-1650s. Quakers, who practice pacifism, played a key role in both the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Condition: Good.

Keywords: Society of Friends, Quakers, Pacifism, Christianity, Worship, Community, Faith, Spirituality, Religion

ISBN: 0852450052

[Book #83390]

Price: $75.00

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