“Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.” ~William Penn, Quaker, founder of Pennsylvania
“Choose your love and love your choice.” ~Amish proverb
These two sayings have a similar tone, don’t they? Makes me wonder if one influenced the other. It’s certainly possible. Englishman William Penn sold parcels of his land in the New World—Penn’s Woods—to many German immigrants who had been persecuted for their religious beliefs. My own ancestors bought land from William Penn’s agents.
I’ve found all kinds of curious overlaps between Amish and Quaker. For an example, all Amish are Penn Dutch. Some Quakers are Penn Dutch (most are not).
And there are curious differences, too. Quakers became very involved in social injustices. Quaker Levi Coffin (a descendent of Mary Coffin Starbuck, who features prominently in Phoebe’s Light) was called the President of the Underground Railroad. The Amish have chosen to remain “set apart” from the world and its troubles.
Both faith communities use Scripture as the basis for their relationship to the world.
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And please share any of your knowledge about Quakers, both past and present, in the comments. I learn so much from you!
Next week: More on the Amish and the Quakers.