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Explaining what the Quaker faith is all about
By Heather Driscoll-Woodford
BBC Surrey

Children dressed as Quakers in 1927
Fiona Friend dispels the myths about the Quaker faith in Surrey

Quakers are members of a religious group with roots in Christianity which date back to the 1650's.

Formed in England, the formal title of the movement is the Society of Friends or the Religious Society of Friends.

The congregation believe that there is something of God in everybody and that each human being is of unique worth.

There are around 25,000 Quakers in the UK today. Now Fiona Friend, an ex-marketing executive, has been employed to dispel the myths about the group.

In the early days when the religion was born, the name "Quaker" was originally an insult.

It was used to describe the shaking or "quaking" behaviour witnessed as Ministers (both male and female), went into a state of ecstasy.

ON A QUAKER MEETING
The youngest there was five, the oldest was 100 and there was also a dog. It was wonderful.
Fiona Friend, Surrey & West Sussex Outreach Worker

As they apparently became overcome with the word of God flowing into them, they would shiver and shake.

This earned them the name the religion has now adopted as its own.

The Quaker religion is often overlooked or misunderstood.

Contrary to popular opinion they do not eat lots of porridge, or wear big hats, as their new Surrey and West Sussex Outreach Worker, Fiona Friend explains.




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