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18 July 2008


With Friends like these - preview

Oliver Robertson meets forthright Christian Quakers and learns about the growth of Friends churches in Kenya

They're Meetings, Friend, but not as we know them
  • The 'programmed' Quakers who make up the majority of Friends United Meeting (FUM) began each session of their triennial gathering with joyful singing, hear a devotional sermon every morning and place offerings in a collection plate passed around the pews each evening
  • These are Quakers who are unashamedly one hundred per cent Christian

  • I did wonder before going how comfortable I would be among Quakers who included in their worship many of the features I saw the Society as getting away from – churches filled with sound not silence, pre-planned services, paid clergy
  • The answer is that I got along very well indeed because, regardless of the headline differences, these are people who are unashamedly one hundred per cent Quaker too

  • Oliver Robertson

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