In 1676 Robert Barclay wrote An Apology for True Christian Divinity. The whole Apology is rooted in the Second Proposition concerning Immediate Revelation: affirming that “the testimony of the Spirit is that alone by which the true knowledge of God hath been, is, and can be only revealed.” The remainder of the Apology describes how this Quaker understanding and experience of direct revelation informs and shapes Friends’ understanding and practices of spiritual leadership, worship, civil government, and how we live in and relate to the world.
This website is rooted in the belief that 21st Quakerism in its truest form is built on this same fundamental understanding of God and how God relates to our faith community.
This website is divided into four sections:
Faith describes what we believe as Friends and how this shapes our practice as a faith community: God as a living Spirit shaping and guiding our faith community in this present moment through Spirit-filled and Spirit-led worship, nurture of spiritual gifts through “eldership”, and other dimensions of what Friends traditionally referred to as “Gospel Order”.
Witness describes how our community of faith interacts with the world around us. A God-led community lives in this world but not “of it”. God conveys to us as a community a prophetic vision of new heaven and earth that is radically different from the values and institutions of “Empire”. We are called as a movement of God’s people to prophetic work, transforming the world around us and drawing it ever closer over time to God’s hopes and plan. Early Friends referred to this as “The War of the Lamb”. Friends today often speak and think of this as a bundle of separate social “testimonies”. In truth these ways of living and transforming the world all derive from a single vision of God and God’s relationship with creation.
Healing addresses personal dimensions of transformation. These begin with “willingness” – an inward attitude of leaning on God – in contrast to willful resistance to God’s hopes for our lives. The section explores spiritual practices, freedom from addictions, dismantling the wounds of domination culture in our attitudes & actions, holistic self-care, and faithfulness in our personal relationships and sexuality.
Formation encompasses a variety of practices, courses, and tools that can be of help in spiritual formation, deepening our faith community, and our prophetic work in the world.
This website does not speak for any official body of Friends. It expresses the understanding and experience of Quakerism held by the writers whose pieces are posted here. It is rooted in our understanding of the faith and practices of the first generation of Friends, drawing significantly on the experience of Conservative or “Wilburite” Friends. This writer (Peter Blood-Patterson of Mt Toby Meeting in New England Yearly Meeting) am serving, at least at this stage, as the curator of what gets posted on this site. If you have written or are aware of articles that are in harmony with this vision of Christ-led Quakerism, please email them to me at email@example.com. I also welcome your feedback and prayers – and partners to help me build this site and fulfill its mission.