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How do I find a Quaker church near me?

If you’ve been asking, “How do I know if there’s a Quaker church near me?” Then you’ve ended up at the right article. This article will run you through the history of the Quaker movement, it’s rise to popularity and where you can find a Quaker church near you. For me, this was a daunting question but discovering more about the church’s history and beliefs made the decision a whole lot easier. So let’s get started! 

What is the Quaker Movement and How Did it Become a Church Near Me?

The Quaker movement, also known as the Society of Friends, is a pacifist church movement born in the wake of the Protestant Reformation and amidst the Puritan Revolution in England. It wasn’t until 1650 that the name Quakers was officially associated with the Society of Friends. Quakers would meet in low-number gatherings and grieved over the existing church bodies including the Anglicans, Puritans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Baptists. These groups were eventually met by many travelling preachers who claimed to be empowered by having a hotline to God. Possibly the most influential and significant of these ministers were brothers Fox and James Naylor. The Quaker movement saw anywhere between 20,000 and 60,000 people drawn to it in the first decade and in 1652, the Swarthmore Hall located near Lancashire was transformed into the spiritual epicenter of the evangelistic endeavor led by itinerate preachers. Through groups such as Cromwell’s army and Traveling Friends, the Quaker movement travelled out of London to colonies in the surrounding regions including Wales and Ireland, although the movement didn’t see much acceleration in Wales and Scotland.  

Backlash from Britain

The Puritans who held political power in Britain were outraged at the rise of Quakerism and thought of it as perverted and heretical. The Quakers’ expression of faith was called impulsive and shallow with little respect for orthodoxy and tradition. The Puritans were most notably opposed to the Quakers’ belief that the Christian had a direct relationship with God. The Quaker movement continued to kick up dust in the face of the Church of England as over the next few decades they refused to swear oaths, attended secret gatherings, neglected donating 10% of their wealth to the church, and weren’t attending regular worship services. This resulted in the introduction of penal laws which oppressed many Quaker members, causing over 15,000 to suffer and nearly 500 deaths due to the conditions of imprisonment which followed. Despite the backlash, Quaker numbers kept accelerating right up until the 1700’s. 

Backlash from Britain

The Puritans who held political power in Britain were outraged at the rise of Quakerism and thought of it as perverted and heretical. The Quakers’ expression of faith was called impulsive and shallow with little respect for orthodoxy and tradition. The Puritans were most notably opposed to the Quakers’ belief that the Christian had a direct relationship with God. The Quaker movement continued to kick up dust in the face of the Church of England as over the next few decades they refused to swear oaths, attended secret gatherings, neglected donating 10% of their wealth to the church, and weren’t attending regular worship services. This resulted in the introduction of penal laws which oppressed many Quaker members, causing over 15,000 to suffer and nearly 500 deaths due to the conditions of imprisonment which followed. Despite the backlash, Quaker numbers kept accelerating right up until the 1700’s. 

Quakers in the 20th Century

By the 20th Century, the Quakers were separated into three divisions: Evangelical (Orthodox), Conservative, and Gurneyite. An annual conference was formed in 1902 to allow open discussion between the groups regarding modern ideologies. As the 20th century pressed on, the edges softened between the groups and the dominant theological distinctions diminished in significance. As the edges softened, a new leaf was turned over and the Quakers were being united through organizations like the American Friends Service Committee, encouraging cooperative behavior.  

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By the 20th Century, the Quakers were separated into three divisions: Evangelical (Orthodox), Conservative, and Gurneyite. An annual conference was formed in 1902 to allow open discussion between the groups regarding modern ideologies. As the 20th century pressed on, the edges softened between the groups and the dominant theological distinctions diminished in significance. As the edges softened, a new leaf was turned over and the Quakers were being united through organizations like the American Friends Service Committee, encouraging cooperative behavior.  

So How Do I Actually Find a Quaker Church Near Me?

Now, to answer the burning question,” Where can I discover a Quaker Church near me?” If you’ve landed here without any idea where to start, this page was a big help for me. It will list every Quaker church in your area and all you have to do is know your zip code! The engine will come up with a thorough list telling you the names and locations of all Quaker churches near you. Me, I don’t like to travel long distances to church with my kids so around my neighborhood is the best fit for me. But if that’s not you, you can find the right Quaker church near you by entering as many area codes as you like!  

 
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