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Quaker Parody: What Does George Fox Say?

Date: 01/31/2014

The Ylvis song What Does the Fox Say  is an international hit and there have been many parodies, like the Kerry Washington skit on SNL.  I love this Quaker tribute to founder George Fox , funny, sweet, and inspiring at the same time.  Many thanks to Wendy Shuman for sharing it. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhsvqbCIaAs[/youtube]

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Quakers, foxes, Buddhism, and beginner's heart

Date: 01/14/2014

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhsvqbCIaAs[/youtube] Even before I did a graduate paper on the Quaker preacher Elizabeth Ashbridge , I've been fascinated by Quakerism. The idea that the Divine is knowable to each individual, w/out the mediation of text or preacher or church, is a deeply attractive belief. One I hold firmly: you don't need a preacher or a holy (wo)man to show you the D ...

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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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