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The Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship (Swarthmore Lecture)

By George H. Gorman

Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: QuakerBooks, U.K. (2008)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces

Price: $17.99

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Meeting for Worship is the fundamental shared experience in Quaker faith and practice, but it can be hard to explain. In his 1973 Swarthmore Lecture, George Gorman takes a personal look at how Quaker worship will be seen by a newcomer, and approaches religion as human experience, seeking within it signals of transcendence that point beyond and bring a new dimension to life. Quaker worship is spontaneous and flexible in its freedom from credal structure and liturgy. It is unique as an exercise in silent corporate contemplation that draws individual worshippers into a depth of unity, while they remain fully themselves. They will describe this in various ways, but find their common ground in their sense of being held by the love of God. This book helps readers consider whether this way of worship is a valid one for them, and it aims to assist regular Quaker worshippers as well as newcomers to make the most effective use of silent worship.