Young Quakers contribute to book on their faith

By agency reporter
April 6, 2016

More than three hundred young Quakers have contributed to a book called Living our beliefs, summing up how they see Quakerism. Playlists, video clips and line drawings accompany inspirational quotations and short passages.

The idea for the book emerged from a consultation day to consider Quaker Faith & Practice, the book of Quaker discipline, first issued  in manuscript form in 1738. It is revised for each generation. Living our beliefs tackles similar topics, but is shorter, more accessible and more concise.

Recording Clerk for Quakers in Britain, Paul Parker, launched Living our beliefs. at Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM), an annual gathering of young Quakers, yesterday (6 April 2016)

Chapters focus on faith, worship, decisions and testimonies, which help to put faith into practice. Developed and edited by young Quakers with Graham Ralph,and with illustrations by Rob Pepper, it is hoped this book will be revised over time as Quaker communities reflect on their lives and beliefs.

Junior Yearly Meeting, for 15–18 year old Quakers, is a five-day event and is taking place this year at the Frontier Centre near Northampton. The theme, Inner Light: opening and inspiring us? will be explored in social activities, worship and small group time. JYM is planned and facilitated by young Quakers, with the support of staff and volunteers.

*Read Living our Beliefs here

* Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Around 23,000 people attend 478 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.

*Quakers in Britain http://www.quaker.org.uk/

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