Conservative Friends

As defined by Douglas Gwyn - In the Pendle Hill Pamphlet #425 “But Who Do You Say That I Am?” (page 15 Published 2/2014)

Conservative Friends share an interest in early Quaker witness, but are particularly drawn to the classical; Quaker faith and practice of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They are inspired by the' example of Conservative Friends in the United States. That small group of mostly rural Friends has retained more of traditional Quaker practices than have the larger evangelical or liberal Quaker streams.

Thus, while the new Conservative Friends are Christ-centered in their faith, they are often most drawn by the practices of traditional Friends. These include deeper meetings for worship, a more worshipful and disciplined business method, the recognized leadership of recorded (but still nonprofessional) ministers, the authority of elders to mentor Friends into a deeper spiritual life and a more courageous lived testimony, and the explicit answering of the Quaker queries, rather than using them simply as rhetorical questions.


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Last Revision Date: 06-2016