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12 October 2007

20th century Friends - preview

Who are the significant Quakers and what is their legacy? Simon Risley asks readers who they think has had contemporary impact.

In the wake of National Quaker Week we thought it would be helpful to look closely at how Friends' philosophy and methods of communication can still inspire the world
  • Inspiration tends to come from individuals rather than groups
  • Over the last 100 years who have those principal individuals been and what inspiration have they given? How has their message changed from what went before? And how has their means of disseminating it?

    In writing this article I started by making a list of some Quakers who might be said to have had a degree of influence on the world around them
  • However, I soon ran into a problem
  • For a start, although several of them are household names to non-Quakers, a good number of people I listed would only be known within a Quaker context
  • Should we include the latter at all? On the one hand, they are little known outside the Society but on the other, their influence on the Society has been great – and that may well have had a knock-on effect in how we deal with the rest of the world and 'speak truth to power'

  • Simon Risley

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