Varying Quaker Ways of Worship

Friends worldwide come together to worship, but the means of expressing and celebrating our love of God varies between Quaker communities, countries, and traditions. 

At FWCC we work to connect Friends across the branches, which means we hope to deepen our understanding of our differences.

In the short video series below, Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of FWCC, was joined by Friends from the four FWCC sections (Europe and Middle East Section, Section of the Americas, Asia West Pacific Section, and the Africa Section) to talk about our different ways of worship within and across the four sections.

Friends responded to the following questions in order to explore the varying worship styles across the branches:

  • Video 1: What kinds of worship might we expect from Friends within your FWCC section? And is there a predominant form of worship?
  • Video 2: How has the cultural context of Friends influenced Quaker worship in your FWCC section?
  • Video 3: What do you appreciate about our different ways of worship? And how has your experience expanded your sense of there being many ways to God among Quakers?

Video one has the full introductions of Friends, but videos two and three build on their conversation. Please be aware of this when watching or sharing the videos independent of the first video.

We hope this may lead to greater curiosity.  We also hope this will lead toward a celebration of our Quaker diversity.

Varying Quaker Ways of Worship (1/3)

What time of worship might we expect from Friends within your FWCC section? And is there a predominant form of worship?

Varying Quaker Ways of Worship (2/3)

How has the cultural context of Friends influenced Quaker worship in your FWCC section?

Varying Quaker Ways of Worship (3/3)

What do you appreciate about our different ways of worship? And how has your experience expanded your sense of there being many ways to God among Quakers?

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