The Friends of Truth: A Case for Reclaiming Our Earlier Name

Though most Friends have forgotten it (or never heard it in the first place), the Friends of Truth was our name before it got to be the Religious Society of Friends. In fact, the latter name was not used by Quakers until 1793. I would like to make an argument for going back to the earlier name. My experience of Friends worship has led me to believe that Truth is a concept we need to keep at the center of Friends practice. This name sounds pompous or prideful to many Quakers but I believe it is needed to remind🔒

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Robert Griswold is a member and clerk of Mountain View Meeting in Denver, Colo. Now retired, he was director of Scattergood Friends School in West Branch, Iowa. His most recent publication is the Pendle Hill Pamphlet Creeds and Quakers: What's Belief Got to Do with It?

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