Processing a trip to an Amish settlement with my Guilford College "Plain People" course, a Quaker student shared with me his deepest impression. "I felt the power of tradition and community there," he said. "I wish I had access to that kind of power in my life."
Why would a young Friend raised in a Quaker home and meeting, living in an intentional community founded by Friends, and attending a Quaker college express such longing? Don't Quakers have traditions? Aren't we the Religious Society of Friends?