Sunday, 6 February 2011
Am I really a Quaker?
I don't currently go to Meetings, for health and personal reasons, but I hope to again one day. I never joined my local Meeting, so I am not technically a Quaker, but I do come from a "part Quaker" (dad's side) family, and I associate strongly with Quakerism. There is, of course, the added complication of identifying as Quagan (or Quaker Pagan), rather than Quaker Christian, or Orthodox/Conservative Quaker. Not all Quakers would accept me as a Quaker. But do I accept myself as a Quaker? Do Great Spirit and The Goddess accept me as a Quaker? Do labels or "club memberships" really matter, anyway? Is Quakerism a religion? If so, why do so many view it as a Christian denomination, especially here in the UK? I'm so confused! If it is possible to be a solitary witch or an independent Christian, then why not a solitary or independent Quaker? And where are all the Quaker Univeralist groups???