Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition

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Orbis Books, 2004 - Religion - 164 pages
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The Quaker spiritual tradition integrates mystical insight with prophetic witness. Michael Birkel tells the story of the movement's origins, describes how the distinctive Quaker practice of group worship in silence developed, and explains how "collective discernment" is used in decision-making. He explores the historical development of the "testimonies", the ethical stands taken by Quakers for peace, justice, equality, integrity and simplicity.

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I can't believe I didn't write a review of this book! I will have to reread! But as I recall, I thought it to be very well written and covered more than one "type" of Quaker. Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Series by Philip Sheldrake
9
Meeting for Worship
39
Discernment
55
Nurturing the Inward Life
76
The Testimonies
104
The Facing Bench
122
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About the author (2004)

Michael L. Birkel teaches at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.

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