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09 January 2009


Do we need a Quaker Universalist Group? - preview
Many Friends, understandably, view the ‘listed informal groups’ with some suspicion
  • Doesn’t belonging to such groups deflect Quakers from putting their available energies into running Local Meetings, Area Meetings, central committees – and too few to do it all? Well, all right, if you feel led to concentrate on one area of activism, like civil liberties or concern for animals… but those Universalists don’t do anything useful, do they?

    Looking back on thirty years of the Quaker Universalist Group (QUG), I want to argue quite passionately that it was needed and still is
  • For what QUG focuses on is the very core of Quakerism, spiritual experience
  • Just as George Fox and his associates, within their necessarily Christian framework, discovered that access to the divine can be unmediated and open to all, so in the wider world of 1978 someone needed to assert that spiritual experience is evidently known to people of all cultures

  • Anne Ashworth

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