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Vibrant Meetings Grow the Religious Society of Friends

In 2007, Friends World Committee for Consultation reported 35,413 unprogrammed Friends, about one‐tenth of 1 percent of the U.S. population. This was a 3 percent drop in our membership numbers in the past 30 years. I don’t wish to be an alarmist, but no group can maintain the integrity of its traditions or its viability when it drops below a certain critical mass. It is hard to say what the critical mass is, but this is a problem we need to address now before we reach that point. Quakers have a proud heritage of what they have contributed🔒

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Lynn Fitz-Hugh is a member of Eastside Meeting in Bellevue, Wash. She is also a therapist and a mother. She is part of Friends General Conference's Traveling Ministry Program.


Posted in: 2008, Features, May 2008

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