Quakers - it's a religion, not an oatmeal.
I was raised in "The Religious Society of Friends," better known as Quakers. When I was little, whenever I shared this fact, I usually had to explain how it was different from the oatmeal. Our religious meetings appear strange to those unfamiliar with them. We worship together in silence, without a specified pastor, and each person speaks out of the silence when they feel moved to do so. This informs our process of making decisions. There is no voting in a Quaker Business Meeting. Instead, we worship in silence as we reflect on the issue, and trust that eventually it will become clearer to us what the Spirit/God is asking us to do. As I grew older, I developed a deep and lasting respect for the values this faith upbringing have instilled in me. I am proud of the stand Quakers have historically taken on social justice issues; as examples Quakers were very active in the Underground Railroad, and have a long history of promoting peace and equal rights. Some famous Quakers include: William Penn, Elizabeth Fry, and Bonnie Raitt.
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