Henry Cadbury

Rediscovering Quakerism’s Liberal Religious Roots

Unprogrammed Quakerism contains an often startling array of religious beliefs. In many meetings you may find Jewish Quakers celebrating Yom Kippur and Passover; the name of Thich Nhat Hanh invoked almost as frequently as Jesus of Nazareth; or someone speaking about the harmony of Quakerism with Neo-Pagan goddess religions. In contrast to prior generations of Quakers, the majority of people in meetings are often convinced Friendsđź”’

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Isaac May is a graduate student in religious studies at the University of Virginia. He is an alumnus of Earlham College and holds an MA from Harvard Divinity School. Isaac became a member of the Religious Society of Friends at Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.).

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