- This event has passed.
Awakening the Witness: Convincement and Belonging in Quaker Community
November 6, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Free to the public! Registration required.
There are ongoing conversations across the global Quaker community about belonging, the structure and meaning of membership, and the shape and purpose of outreach work. Often, these are tied to widespread anxiety about the future of the Religious Society of Friends and the possibility of its renewal. As these conversations develop, it can be helpful for us to remember that early Friends had no system of membership as we understand it today. Instead, their writings center on an experience they called convincement: when they found themselves without any outward help or guidance, at the end of their own resources, they encountered God and were transformed – not just once, but again and again. For these first Friends, the unity of community was found through the shared experience of this transformation and its fruits.
Drawing on descriptions of convincement experiences from early and contemporary Quakers, as well as Matt’s own experience as a convinced Friend, this lecture will explore what makes us Friends, the significance of membership, and the diversity of ways to belong in Quaker communities.