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    jabbausaf said: "Organized religion requires people to shut up and go along with what the leader is saying, or leave. It requires sheep and shepherds, and as I have no desire to be a shepherds, nor could I stand to be sheep, I will have no part in it. Next is the problem I have with acknowledging any other human as a religious authority."

    This isn't the case with Quakers. Quakers are seekers, and each person follows the light within.

    Ginny, I see a lot of overlap between UU and Quakers, though Quakers in unprogrammed meetings are typically much less organized than UU: no ministers or preachers.

    The fundamental principles for Quakers:
    - Peace
    - Truth
    - Equality
    - Simplicity.

    •  My standard joke, after noting how many of the UU (2+ / 0-)
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      Ginny in CO, True North

      that I know became Quakers first, is that the Friends are the gateway drug to UU. :0)

      The GOP: Fighting to make government small enough to stuff up a woman's vagina for 40 years.

      by jayjaybear on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 07:25:59 AM PDT

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      •  Both Quakers & UUs are big into democratic... (2+ / 0-)
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        Ginny in CO, True North

        process, though the Quakers are the innovators (along with the Iroquois) in consensus process.  If you participate in UU lay leadership at all, like I have, you generally learn all sorts of meeting and process skills.

        The joke about UUs is that when Christians die they go to heaven.  When UUs die they go to a discussion about heaven.

        Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

        by leftyparent on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 09:01:05 AM PDT

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