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The Young Quaker Podcast

Jan 22, 2018

Welcome to the Young Quaker Podcast! This episode we’re talking about Quaker social witness, and how the spiritual meets the political in Quakerism. Below you can find a list of links mentioned in the podcast, as well as a mini glossary of any Quaker terms that were used in this episode. Enjoy!

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Host: Jessica Hubbard-Bailey

Script Editing: Laurence Hall

Audio Editing: Jack Sibley

Music: Jack Sibley & Joseph Hubbard-Bailey


Quaker Peace and Social Witness:


F/riendly Fire: , Blair Ellis on Facebook, & May Day retreat invitation:

The Young Quaker magazine:

Young Friends General Meeting:

Quakers in Britain:


Glossary of Quaker terms used in the episode:

Ada Salter - A Quaker and social reformer who campaigned during the 19th and 20th centuries for working women’s rights, gender equality, and environmentalism.

Advices and Queries - A short collection of questions and suggestions which Quakers use to help them think, pray and reflect on their spiritual lives. It is also part of Quaker Faith and Practice, and is available to read online here:

American Friends Service Committee - The AFSC is a North American-based Quaker organisation that promotes peace through faith in action.

Area Meeting - Area meetings are the primary business meetings for Quakers and are made up of several local Quaker meetings. They are accountable for things like Quaker weddings, setting policies, supporting local meetings, and appointing people to positions of responsibility.

Conscientious Objector - An “individual who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service” on the grounds of freedom of thought, religion, or conscience (UN Human Rights Committee 2001).

Diggers and Levellers - Protestant socialist radicals and political activists from the 1600s who advocated for religious tolerance, equality, and popular sovereignty.

F/riendly Fire May Day - A conference and retreat being held by the radical young Quaker collective, F/riendly Fire. Their invite can be found on our libsyn page here:

Fit For Freedom Not Friendship - A book about “Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice”, by Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye.

Friends’ House - The central offices of Quakers in Britain.

John Bellers - An 17th century Quaker, friend of William Penn, and early socialist theorist.

LEYM - Lake Erie Yearly Meeting; an organisation of Quaker meetings and worship groups from Ohio, Michigan, and western Pennsylvania.

The “Light” - A term often used by Quakers to describe or identify the Divine or God, or the goodness within all humans. Also known as the “Inward Light”, it can be a metaphor used more broadly for spiritual experience, the spirit within us, or divine love.

Meeting for Worship - One of the central ways that Quakers worship. British Quakers gather together in silence but anyone present can speak if strongly moved to; there are no set hymns, prayers, sermons, ministers, or creeds.

Meeting House - A venue used for Meeting for Worship and other Quaker activities.

Ministry - Although Meeting is usually held in silence in the UK, sometimes people are moved to share aloud what they feel, also known as 'ministry'. Anyone can give ministry, including visitors. Quaker Faith & Practice states: “Ministry should be of necessity, and not of choice, and there is no living by silence, or by preaching merely.” 2.61

Pacifist - An individual who is opposed to war and violence.

Quaker Faith and Practice - The central Quaker text, and an attempt to express truth through the vital personal and corporate experience of Quakers. Read it here:

Seekers - Protestant dissenters in England during the 1600s, many of whom went on to become Quakers.

Testimonies - Quakers don’t have a fixed creed but Quaker faith springs from a deeply held belief in living our lives according to our spiritual experience. Quaker testimonies are the expression of our spirituality in action. There are five key testimonies integral to Quaker faith: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality.

William Penn - An early Quaker and founder of Quakerism. Penn is most famous for founding the state of Pennsylvania, and being an advocate for democracy and religious freedom. Learn more at

Woodbrooke - A Quaker-based learning centre that runs residential programs and online courses on a wide range of spiritual topics and Quaker business courses.