Quaker Religious Thought


Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) express frequent adulation for the denomination’s heritage of standing up for social justice. As a member of the denomination, I share this pride in our heritage, and yet, I feel increasingly convicted in relation to Quaker scholarship and praxis that we need to reevaluate our history and current practices with recognition of the “wicked” web of interconnected social, economic, and environmental injustices we currently face as a global community. This necessitates awareness of our part in creating the current situation, and a willingness to actively work to change the problematic areas of our theology and practice to live our “testimony to the whole world” faithfully in the current context. Using the hermeneutical lens of postcolonialism, I will critique some aspects of Quaker history, suggesting a reframing of Quaker theo-praxis in the direction of watershed discipleship.



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