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Huddersfield Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

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  1. Meetings:
    Sunday at 10.30 to 11.30am
    Children's meeting every Sunday.

    Rooms to let in the meeting house for up to 50 people and smaller rooms for 10 to 15 people plus kitchen facilities. Please see our website for more details including contact phone for bookings. Also check our facebook page via the link on our home page.

    'Quakers' is the shorthand term for the Religious Society of Friends which was founded as a radical Christian movement in 17th century England. Today, Quakers come from all walks of life and continue to uphold a progressive religious approach.

    Quakers hold Meetings for Worship when we come together in silence and try to open ourselves to the deeper levels of our experience. Quakers have no paid clergy to lead or interpret our spiritual life and it is open to anyone who feels moved by the spirit to make a spoken contribution.

    Quakers recognise the equal worth and unique nature of every person. This means working to change the systems that cause injustice and hinder true community. It also means working with people who are suffering from injustice, such as prisoners and asylum seekers.

    Perhaps Quakers are best known for our peace testimony. This derives from our conviction that love is at the heart of existence and all human beings are equal, and that we must live in a way that reflects this. It has led Quakers to refuse military service, and to become involved in a wide range of peace activities from practical work in areas affected by violent conflict to the development of alternatives to violence at all levels from personal to international.

    Quaker testimonies are not a set of words, but an expression of our spirituality in action. In attempting to live out our testimonies, we are holding up an alternative vision of humanity and society, centred on meeting real needs rather than ever changing desires.



Contacts

Ann K Bettys
01484 664290

Organisation last updated

  1. 13 August 2019

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  1. Quakers House, Church Street, Paddock, Huddersfield, HD1 4TR
    1. All key services are accessible. Wheelchair access
    2. Either, there are specially marked parking spaces for disabled people, or disabled people can park within 50 metres of an accessible entrance. Disabled parking
    3. There is a toilet which can be accessed by people with disabilities including wheelchair users. This means that it complies with the standards set out in Part M of the Building Regulations,'Access to and use of buildings. Fully accessible toilet
    Access for people with disabilities is to the ground floor of the building only.We have a hearing enhancement system rather than a loop system.

History

  1. The Society of Friends came together in the aftermath of the English civil wars of the 1640s, a movement of conscientious objectors to clerical power and the religious and secular dictatorship of the wealthy. They demanded freedom of conscience, a social revolution, a democratically elected parliament. Theirs was an early liberation theology opposed to bishops, lords and the personal rule of anyone claiming to be the Lord's anointed, whether he called himself lord protector or king.

    They were activists, but activists with a difference. The compulsive urge to work for a just and compassionate social order was rooted in an inner peacefulness which has been described as living sacramentally. They were contemplatives who understood contemplation as a form of action, and activists who understood action as a form of contemplation. Over the centuries Quakerism has had its quietist and its activist phases, its conservative and its radical impulses and expressions. Today's Friends ride the earthquake, wind and fire, but do so in obedience to a still small voice of calm.

    The formal title of the movement is the Society of Friends or the Religious Society of Friends.

    In Britain there are around 17,000 Quakers, and 400 Quaker meetings for worship each week.

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