“All of life is a sacrament.” ~Quaker saying
Isn’t that a beautiful way to think of ordinary tasks? Folding laundry, doing dishes, shoveling snow. They’re not meaningless at all, but sacraments.
That way of thinking is rooted in Quaker theology. It might sound similar to the Amish, but they hold dear to certain sacraments, like baptism. Not so the Quakers. Founder George Fox would just as soon worship God in a meadow as in a meeting house, believing God’s presence could be felt everywhere.
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I’ve received many emails from readers who were raised Quaker, or attended Quaker schooling. One woman, raised Quaker, wrote that when her boyfriend took her home to meet his parents, they expected her to be wearing a big black bonnet and long black dress!
I’d love to hear more. Please share your experiences, assumptions, understandings about Quakers in comments.
Next week: More on Amish and Quakers.