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Arthur Caliandro Explains the Quaker Prayer of Beholding

Arthur Caliandro explains how to use the Quaker prayer of "beholding."

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Gretchen Carslon acts in faith-based political thriller + other items from the crossroads

Date: 04/11/2014

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. Ripped from tomorrow's headlines? Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is set to make her in the faith-based political thriller Persecuted. She'll play (guess what?) a TV journalist in the film which stars James Remar ( X-Men: First Class ) as John Luther, a nationally-known evangelist who is the last obstacle in the wa ...

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    Quaker Basics

    History: Quakerism originated in mid-17th century England, originally as a break-away branch of Puritanism. George Fox (1624-1691), an English preacher, founded the Society of Friends, whose open structure reflects his aversion to church hierarchy and titles. Fox held that the “Inner Light,” the inspiring presence of God in each person, stands above Scripture and creed. This belief resonates through Quakerism despite a fairly wide variety of practices.

    Main Tenets: Quaker beliefs include the emphasis on plain speech and dress; opposition to slavery and war; and the refusal to swear oaths, which Quakers believe undermine the daily mandate for truth-telling. Many early feminists and abolitionists were Quakers, and a strong social ethic continues to pervade the work of the American Friends Service Committee, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947.

    Quakers, who often met persecution for their beliefs, have also been champions of religious freedom. English Quaker William Penn founded Pennsylvania as a "holy experiment," a refuge for Quakers and other religious minorities.

    Organizations: Quaker congregations are called "meetings," which range from structured services led by ministers to open sessions where participants speak when inspired by their own Inner Light. Major Quaker umbrella organizations are the Friends General Conference of Philadelphia and Friends United Meeting, based in Richmond, Ind.

    Membership: According to "Quakers in America," by Thomas D. Hamm, there are about 100,000 Quakers in the U.S. and about 350,000 worldwide. Kenya has the largest Quaker population in the world, with about 130,000 Friends. 

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