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Getting the ball rolling here on the series on Quakerism I discussed in the previous post. I know I didn't get any takers on the poll item regarding ideas for articles, but I'm hoping that some of our community's lovely writers might feel led to share their gifts.

I'm soliciting relatively short entries-- 300-500 words (or less, if you can cover the topic more succinctly). The point of this series is to provide background on topics related to Quakerism--basic information for those new to or exploring the Society of Friends, and short introductions to more specific or involved topics that help Friends kick off their own reading and research.

Here are a few topic ideas, if anyone wants to claim them, or use them to inspire their own topics. If you'd like to write a post for this, drop a note in the comments here so we can coordinate.

-What to expect at your first meeting for worship; or a review of what your first meeting for worship was like

-An explanation of a Quaker practice (why do many Quakers refuse to take oaths? Abstain from military service? Avoid the use of honorifics like "Your Honor?")

-A basic introduction to the Quaker business/consensus process

-What's a yearly meeting?

-An overview of the different kinds of Quakerism

-Explain the George Fox song.

On a related subject, does anyone have any suggestions for what to call the series/what tag to use for it?
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Welcome to [community profile] quakerism. This is a brand-new community, so there's not a whole lot going on yet. Please feel free to introduce yourself.

I'm Annalee, and I started this community because I love Dreamwidth, and I love Quakers, and they seem like two great tastes that would taste great together. A liberal unprogrammed Friend, I attend Meeting near Washington, DC. I'm Christian, occasionally plain-dressed, and active in the Young Adult Friends community of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. I have a particular interest in early Quaker history, and in practices related to Meeting for Worship with a Concern For Business. Through the World Gathering of Young Friends and other experiences, I have been blessed with opportunities to share fellowship and worship with Friends from many different Quaker traditions. This has led me to develop a particular concern for trying to bring Friends from various branches of Quakerism together.

Community Info:

This is a place for Friends and friends (that is to say, Quakers and people interested in Quakerism) to discuss the Quaker faith and modern Quaker living. All topics related to Quakerism are welcome here, including Quaker history, testimonies, traditions, beliefs, practices, and modern Quaker living.

We welcome Friends of all traditions, including unprogrammed, programmed, liberal, conservative, conservative and liberal in the Quaker as opposed to the political sense, Christian, Universalist, evangelical, not evangelical, etc. We also welcome all experience levels, whether you've been a Quaker all your life or just heard of us today. Non-quakers with an interest in the discussion are welcome as well.

In keeping with Dreamwidth's diversity statement, we welcome everyone here. We acknowledge the worth and dignity of all people.

Guidelines for Participation:

Once there are actually people around to participate, I will start a discussion to develop our community policies. In the meantime, I trust that people can conduct themselves in the manner of Friends, with respect, kindness, and a concern for cultivating a vibrant, diverse community.

Anyone with questions, comments, recommendations or concerns should feel free to contact me.

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