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What makes a Quaker organization Quaker?

Acting in Faith  |  By Lucy Duncan, Feb 10, 2012
Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

Quaker Meeting for Worship for Peace in Vietnam

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by Lucy Duncan

Having worked at Friends General Conference and now AFSC, as well as having F/friends who work in Quaker schools, colleges, and yearly meetings, I’ve heard a lot of conversation about what constitutes a Quaker organization. I find that these conversations uncover much theological diversity, as well as discussion about whether the Quaker faith is primarily a faith about how we regard our relationship to the divine or about how we live. I think this is an important and interesting conversation for Friends to have. Please share your thoughts about what constitutes a Quaker organization. How does an organization express the essential qualities of Quaker faith, practice, and the testimonies? What does that look like? How should that look? Please offer examples.

About the Author

Lucy serves as Director of Friends Relations for AFSC. She blogs, organizes Quakers to work for justice, and has helped create AFSC's Sanctuary Everywhere stream of program work. She has been instrumental in the adaptation of Quaker social change ministry as a tool for reclaiming Spirit-guided social change work focused on companioning those most impacted by injustice. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience.

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About Friends Relations

Lucy Duncan works with other AFSC staff to foster strong relationships between AFSC and Quakers.

Lucy is AFSC’s Director of Friends Relations. She has been a storyteller for 20 years and has worked with Quaker meetings on telling stories for racial justice and of spiritual experience. She attends Green Street Friends Meeting (PhYM) and lives with her son and partner in a Quaker cemetery.

Sophia is the Friends Relations Fellow this year who works closely with Lucy. She is a recent graduate of Guilford College where she majored in Sustainable Food Systems and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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