Frequently Asked Questions:
What are “Friends”?
Friends, also known as Quakers, are members of the Religious Society of Friends, a faith that emerged as a new Christian denomination in England during a period of religious turmoil in the mid-1600’s and is practiced today in a variety of forms around the world. Some members of this denomination call themselves, “Quaker” as well as “Friend” using the two terms interchangeably.
Friends are: an active, involved faith-based community living in the modern world. We are a diverse people consisting of several distinct branches. We continue our traditional testimonies of pacifism, social equality, integrity, and simplicity, which we interpret and express in a variety of ways. Today, many Friends include stewardship of our planet as one of our testimonies.
Friends are not: Amish, Anabaptists, Shakers or Puritans–we come from a separate tradition than these other groups. We mostly don’t dress like the man on the box of oats anymore, and today we hardly ever call people “thee.”
For more resources and information on Quaker theology today, check out QuakerMaps’ Brief Introduction to Quakerism.
What is a “Young Adult” ?
Generally, anyone who identifies as a young adult may be considered one for the purposes of this website. Generally among Friends, the age range of “Young Adult” varies between 18-40. This range is so wide, in part, because of the dwindling numbers of Quakers, and the high median age of Quakers in North America.
Why does this website exist?
This website was created to serve as a resource to anyone who is curious about Quakerism, but especially young adults. It is also meant to be an aid to Friends who are trying to serve young adults in their faith communities, and help young adult Friends better serve the Religious Society of Friends. Many resources have existed on the web for such work, but there hasn’t been one place where all such resources were gathered, and made available in a way that was accessible to all. Ultimately, it is hoped that the creation of this web resource will enable better generational unity and health among Friends, that young people who are curious about Quakerism can easily come into relationship with Friends community, and a new modern understanding of Quakerism can be promoted and expanded upon.