Why? How? John Southern

How I became a Quaker. My parents were Quakers and I was enrolled as a “birthright Friend”. They sent me to a Quaker school at aged 10, principally to avoid the blitz in 1940-41. We had daily Assembly and compulsory attendance at Meeting for Worship on Sundays. I joined a small group of pupils to…

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Why? How? Jennifer Kavanagh

Why I am a Quaker is first of all because faith took me over. About sixteen years ago, in response to trauma and in a dark time, something was going on within me that I did not understand but felt powerless to resist. I went into churches and ran out. Not what I was looking…

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Why? How? Heather Martin

by Heather Martin I have been coming to Wednesday Meeting at Westminster Quakers for just over 2 years. My spiritual life was something I had struggled with for a number of years before I started coming. I had been raised a Catholic, became an Anglican, ended up doing some Eastern meditation. What I increasingly was…

Tankiso Phori

Why? How? Tankiso S Phori

by Tankiso S Phori of  Lesotho Allowed Meeting (Overseen by Johannesburg Monthly Meeting in RSA), Central & Southern Africa Yearly Meeting. Why are you a Quaker? There is no single answer to the question of why I am a Quaker. But in simple terms I can respond by saying I decided to become a Quaker…

Emily Bishop

Why? How? Emily Bishop

By Emily Bishop Good afternoon, friends. My name is Emily, and I’ve been attending the Wednesday Meeting for nearly two years. I was really touched to be invited to speak today, so thank you. I was originally drawn to Quakers by the testimony of Peace. The Peace movement has been a big part of my…

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Why? How? Bill Clendineng

By Bill Clendineng of Plainfield, Indiana, USA. Why am I a Quaker? I am a Quaker because when I was in high school I went to county-wide Youth For Christ meetings at Garden Grove Friends Church in Southern California.  Fast-forwarding a few years, I found myself looking for a church to attend and while browsing…

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Why? How? Pavel Marušinec

By Pavel Marušinec, České Budějovice (Budweis). Why am I a Quaker? I am from one of few countries in the world (Czech Republic), where majority of people do not have any religious affiliation. I grew up in such family and at the age of 17 I became a Christian through my Catholic friend. She was…

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Why? How? Oliver Robertson

by Oliver Robertson If asked “Why am I a Quaker, how am I a Quaker?”, this is what I can say. That when the answers to these two questions are the same and when I live out my Quaker values all the time and not just on Sunday morning, then I am all the better…

Roger Knight

Why? How? Roger Knight

Why I am a Quaker, how I am a Quaker by Roger Knight   Why Quaker? People play an important part in our spiritual journey.  I wish I could say that mine was significantly influenced when I came through the door at Westminster Meeting  and was welcomed with smiles and laughter by dear Doris.   However…

Jez Smith in the desert with footprints in the sand behind him.

Why? How? Jez Smith

Why I am a Quaker, how I am a Quaker by Jez Smith It is a balmy summers day and a gentle breeze is blowing outside. The windows to the Meeting house are open and the faint hum of traffic can be heard. An occasional plane passes overhead. A blackbird is singing nearby. I have my…