Oh God… Let’s Talk About My Religion // What Is Quakerism? [CC]


[Music: “Faster Car” by Loving Caliber & Anders Lystell] [I’ve been feeling so small] [Watch the clock ticking off the wall] [but tonight] [I’m letting it go] [Spend my coin for show] Today we’re going to be talking about values, religion and God. If you’ve been watching me for a while you probably know that I identify as a Quaker. I am a member of the religious Society of Friends. They are commonly known as Quakers and [american accent] quakers. Quakers, not Quavers. Although that is a pretty common misconception. Also nothing to do with oats, that makes me mad every time.This is a video that I have been thinking of making for a while but I wasn’t too sure about. I ran some ideas past my channel members, which is the new name for sponsors that YouTube has…but really, “members of the Kellgren-Fozard Club” is the actual definition and they gave me some ideas for structure to focus on. Remember, if you’d like to become a member and have your say on future video ideas, you can just click the “sponsor” button down below next to the subscribe button, it may have now been changed to say “join”, they’re changing stuff. In this video I’m going to give you an incredibly brief overview of the history of Quakerism, give you some ideas about what we believe in and our values ..so on, and how that affects my everyday life. I’m also really interested to know if you have a religion or you grew up with one and how you feel it’s shaped your life. Equally so, if you are agnostic or a complete atheist. I have identified as a Quaker for as long as I can remember. I remember asking my mother if I could be a member when I was about five and she said no, because you have to be 16, I believe, to actually formally become a member. It has to be a choice. It’s a big part of who I am and I do feel like it has shaped me as I’ve grown up. Also, a religion that allows for fluidity of interpretation, and a lot of different viewpoints. So everything I’m going to be showing in this video is very much from my point of view, it’s the things that I believe in, and also what I have been taught. So, other people will have different interpretations of Quakerism, especially in different countries around the world. Quakerism grew out of Christianity in the 1600s in the north of England. The explanation that I use to describe the founding of Quakerism is, I swear, taken from a children’s meeting when I was like four, but I think it describes it very well. There was a man called George Fox who was very dissatisfied with the way he saw the Church of England, and how he saw that it was being run. He saw that the men around him would lie and cheat and steal and beat their wives and then on Sundays, they would go to church and it was as if everything was forgiven because they were very good on this one day. But George Fox instead believed that it was possible to have a direct experience of God, and that all people should try to live lives reflecting, faith, piety, and love. Also a big deal: he developed some of the major concepts with a woman called Margaret Fell. Woman! And, Quakers considered women to be vital to religion, vital! It was the 1600s, ok? I am allowed to get excited. Quakerism has a very firm concept of spiritual equality amongst all people. So yay! The religion as a whole however can be very difficult to explain and to define as it doesn’t have set religious Creed’s and doctrine. Instead of a Quaker Bible, we have Quaker Advice and Queries, which is an ever evolving document that is written by the members themselves. The idea is that it always reflects the times, so that people can read it and have a direct answer almost, or help with the query that they have right now, rather than a query that would have been super helpful to people in the 1700s. Our religion is less about following exact rules and more about the way that we live and the effect that we want to have on the world. We try to help each other work out how to live ethically, following our core principles. These are: equality, justice, truth, peace, simplicity, and sustainability. Equality The basic belief of Quakerism is that there is that of God in everyone. Quakers believe that all people are equal, it’s not young and old, or rich and poor, or black and white, gay, straight, whatever. I have always been raised as a Quaker, I could speak to adults on their level. Justice This belief in inequality inspires quaker’s to work for change in all systems that cause injustice, whether that’s dismantling slavery in the past, campaigning for gay marriage, or in the here and now; campaigning for help for asylum seekers. Obviously, it’s not just campaigning, there’s a lot of very hands-on help. We also believe that no person is beyond redemption and that no matter what a person has done, they deserve to be treated fairly. Truth Quakers live according to our truth, what we know and believe to be right. Even if this means speaking out against our own interests, or being straight talkers to those in positions of power. Hence, many Quakers got put into prison because they refused to deny that they were Quakers and they refused to stop having meetings. We’re not great to helping ourselves We’re guided by integrity – for this reason, Quaker businesspeople were known to have incredibly good practices and Quaker companies were generally companies that people really wanted to do business with, so then, some other businesses that were not Quaker businesses took our name and decided to put it on the box of their grain related food product and then did not follow Quaker business practices: point is, you’ll never get cheated by a Quaker. We are the ones who get really upset if you give us too much change. On the personal level, I try to be open and honest at all times, even if it might help me personally, because in the long run it might help someone else. Peace Quakers are probably best known for our peace testimony, since we believe that all life is of equal worth and that love is the center of the universe. We can’t harm another human being, we don’t believe that it’s right to do so. Thus, Quakers refuse military service and work towards peace instead. This could be personal, or interpersonal, and ranges from doing hands-on work in conflict zones to considering options for peace and working in places like The Hague. Sidenote, my brother and I never had water guns as a child or any type of toy that was similar to a weapon, or video games where you would injure someone. So I am super versed in the zoombinis. Simplicity and sustainability. I have lumped these two together, because that’s kind of how I see them now. In the past, simplicity was a lot to do with Quakers wearing certain forms of dress and living very modest and simple lives. Quakers would wear very plain clothes in very plain colors without any kind of lace edging or anything glittery or fancy. Today, however, it’s more of a spiritual life type of thing and goes along with the sustainability aspect. So we work to try and reduce excess and waste in our society. We want to make sure that our use of natural resources is sustainable and that we focus on living a simple life that doesn’t take away from others, even if there are others in the far future who will be damaged by global warming. I try to focus my life on the things that really matter. I really try my hardest to always be as sustainable as possible, but obviously with my disability I do have some issues with this, and that is why I get quite upset by certain things like plastic straw drama. But if you really want to know yes, I do use plastic straws. No, I don’t just use them once, I run them through the dishwasher. They’re fine. I am fortunate enough to have a dishwasher, one pack of straws last me for like two years. Okay, don’t.. Chill. Anyway today’s video is about Quakerism and not about disabilities. Oh, I didn’t actually add that, did I? Sorry, able bodied, disabled, we are also equal. Onto the tricky topics though – What do Quakers believe about God? Quakers do have differing beliefs when it comes to God, and they might use that word in different ways. But the one thing that binds us all together is that we believe that there is that of God in everyone, but that God is different for everyone. The greater understanding of God is that it is shaped by personal experience. We all use different words to describe it and it’s down to whatever you feel is personally helpful and meaningful – not all Quakers believe in “God” as a separate entity who lives in the sky. I personally believe that the goodness within each of us, which you could call the spirit, if you will, that goodness combined is what God is. In my mind, there is something precious and transcendent about every person, and I take great strength and comfort from that. We’re all connected and thus we’re never truly alone. I think it’s a lot of history and baggage that comes with the word God and it causes a lot of division. One thing I personally really like about Quakerism is that even though it grew out of Christianity, Quakerism very much sees the benefits and the meaning and value and other forms of religion. You could be a Quaker and also be another religion. Quakers are cool with that. There’s great history of tolerance and openness, but also independence of mind and thought and spirit when it comes to a Quakerism that I really value. Basically, we all believe that there is something beyond our individual selves and that we can communicate with that directly on a personal level, whether that be through living spiritual lives or through silent reflection, or both. Which brings me to: how to Quakers pray? Now as I mentioned earlier, we believe in complete and total equality. Thus we have no traditional religious structures or a minister, priest, bishop vicar whomever. Instead we share responsibility for what we do, because everyone has a valuable contribution to make. We pray collectively through a thing called “Meeting for Worship” Which can take place at any time, anywhere, but is generally held on a Sunday morning at a Quaker meeting house, because it’s handy to know where to go. But you could also just call a meeting right now if you wanted to. You don’t have to be a member to come, you could be either a tender, which is what my father was for many many years, which is where you go to Quaker meetings quite regularly and you get involved in the community but you’re not actually a registered member of the religious Society of Friends. You could also be a visitor, which is what Claud is when she comes with me. Again, They are completely open to absolutely anyone, and you don’t need to know someone who already goes to go, though obviously you are expected to show a level of respect when you attend. Don’t be on your phone or something. Children also come to meeting, although they generally don’t stay for full length of time, which is often about an hour, and the rest of the time they will be at the children’s meeting, which is generally like a room next door to where everyone else is sitting, and they will be doing some kind of game or learning experience. I made my parents many bad paintings at children’s meeting. During the meeting, we all sit in silence facing the center of the room. This could be the chairs either in circles or squares sometimes The idea is that there isn’t a certain special spot where one person is. Although sometimes there are chairs that are held for elders, but that is just so you know where they are. And what is an elder you ask? Well, within Quakerism, there’s a certain number of jobs that need to be held like someone needs to clark the meetings, someone needs to be in charge of the building and setting up, and someone is to write rotors and the elders are basically there as spiritual advisors. But, the great thing about Quakerism is that you can only hold a post for three years. You can’t nominate yourself. You have to be nominated by someone else so the community puts you forward, and I think you can only hold two consecutive posts. You can only do it for a maximum of six years, so no one gets too big for their boots. Elders are also called weighty Quakers because they have a weighty spirits. Every meeting begins in silence, it starts as soon as the first person enters the room and it only finishes when two Quakers shake hands. We use that silence to fully listen to ourselves and to be open to the wisdom that is around. Again, there’s no minister to lead and we don’t have any set prayers, hymns or sermons. The idea is when you feel moved to stand up and give ministry, you do, you say your piece, and then you sit back down then there is a silence again. And if someone else feels moved to speak, they will stand up, they will speak for a little bit and then they will sit down. And some more silence and people reflect on what is being said. It sounds a little strange if you’ve never experienced it before, but honestly when you sit in stillness and you open yourself up to knowledge that comes from around, you sort of feel sometimes as if there is something that you should share with the group? Sometimes, really often, people will stand up and they will say what you’ve just been thinking, or they’ll be talking on a topic or a subject that you came into the room thinking about. It’s a very beautiful experience and I personally find that it enriches my life. I need my stillness and my silence which is hilarious because deaf girl, but I need that certain amount of time every week where you just empty your mind, let yourself be. Please let me know if this makes sense to you. But Quakerism isn’t just about how you gather on a Sunday It is also about how you live your life the rest of the time. How we act as Quakers goes along directly with what we believe. I use those core beliefs that I told you about earlier to enrich my life. I think growing up a Quaker, going to Quaker events, having lots of Quaker friends, I went to Quaker school for a bit, helped me to develop things like a complete and total belief that all people are equal – always. There are no bad people. There are bad actions that people can do, but there are no bad people, just like there is no perfect person. And it also helped strengthen my very natural optimism, believing the best in everything, all people all situations. I find it very easy to see the good within all people and a silver lining to every situation. I don’t know if I can separate those strands to see whether that was growing up with Quakerism or whether that was just something I would have had anyway, but I don’t even know that I want to separate that. Not that it is always easy to live as a Quaker – I found that out a lot when I was teenager. I chose at quite a young age to not swear or use harsh language and that was quite difficult for my teenage friends to you understand. And I always try my hardest to never upset anyone. That is the thing that would just – it cuts me to the core every time I feel that I might have upset someone, I really don’t like that. I have no right and no place in the world to upset someone else. Anyway, that didn’t always go over well. As an adult, I don’t drink alcohol because it doesn’t react well with my meds and it’s just not something I’m really into, because I still dance on tables and get really loud. I didn’t drink as a teenager either and people had difficulty with that. I think it generally comes from people outside assuming that there is a sense of moralizing. Claud drinks when we’re with our friends, when we’re going out. Sometimes she will have a glass of wine with dinner. I genuinely have no opinion one way or the other I don’t think it’s a bad thing or a good thing. I think I wasn’t great at explaining that to the people around me when I was a teenager – they thought that because of the way I lived I thought everyone else should live exactly the same way. I do not judge other people but whatever, they may do. One thing I should probably point out, as Quakers we do not believe in proselytizing, which is where you advertise a religion to other people or attempt to force it onto someone else. So this video not about that. I tried to make this video educational and just share my views and my experiences, please don’t take this as me saying: Quakerism is amazing! You should do it! Everyone should be a Quaker!
For one thing, Quakerism as a religion is something that you need to find yourself and secondly, I don’t want to do that to anyone. That’s not my – that’s not my place. It’s not my point. Hopefully that comes across. Hopefully. I’ve also tried to sensitively title this video so that you know exactly what you’re getting. What else can I tell you about Quakerism? I went to a Quaker school for awhile for three years it was the best school I’ve ever been to but I think that I also had a lot to do with the way that I had been brought up, to kind of to feel that…we were all equal so I don’t some children can converse and then I went to a Church of England Primary School and they were very much like: no, children should be quiet and listen to their elders and betters – and I was like: No, there is no such thing as a better person and so I would just converse with adults on their level and they’d be like: “this incredibly cheeky, incredibly rude, go and sit over there.” You can find out about that more in the “being gay in school” video I made. I think also the “being disabled in school”? Although I actually only became disabled in the school after that school. Both of those videos will be down in the description. Next – Claudia and I had a Quaker wedding. We spoke about that in our wedding video – again, that will be down the description or up in a card I don’t think we went into that much depth about the Quakerism aspect of that, so if you would like to know more about it, I can make a separate video, please do let me know if you’d like to see a Quaker wedding video. What on earth does that entail? Also, obviously, yes Quakerism okay with the gay! Growing up as a Quaker, I felt really privileged to grow up alongside other Quaker children and young people – we went to youth groups together, obviously see each other every week at meetings, but then we’d go and stay somewhere like a week on mass. It was amazing, really great. We learnt so much about the world, and people, and diversity and at the same time it was a hotbed of hormones. The thing that was really excellent about it was that we always knew it was a very safe space to experiment in, so if one of the boys was like “I want to try out wearing dresses for a week”. He just would and we’d all be like “cool”. When I became really ill I lost a lot of the school friends and the friends that stayed with me were the ones I’ve known for years and years and years, the ones I gone to Quaker groups with, the ones some of my best friends becoming people who were just on the periphery of my group of Quaker friends, and they suddenly stepped in to fill all these gaps that were now-many job applications going around for the roll of Jessica’s friend. I’m not saying the only Quakers are good people, or that good people are Quakers. Or even that being a Quaker necessarily makes you good person. I assume there are some Quakers who don’t always do great things. But this became a much longer video than I planned… Let’s wrap it up. If you’d like to learn more about Quakerism, then I have probably put some links down in the description. So, if you’re like: what Jessica? That made no sense to me. You can go and… Please let me know if you have any questions about this video because I’d really love to do a follow up. Probably in a Q&A style with Quaker related questions. Please do remember to always be very kind to other people when you respond to their comments and do not hate on anyone or anything. Alright. I look very much forward to seeing you next time. Thank you for watching. Oh and if you’re watching this video because we’re writing an essay about Quakerism. Stop it. No, go and read a book or find an internet resource that is not YouTube. Thank you.

100 comments

  1. I was raised Christian but I never really got it. I think that Quakerism is really cool and it makes sense to me. This was a great learning experience so thanks you!!

  2. I don't think of myself as a religious person but I am now going to look into Quakerism because it's the one that seems to align with my personal ethics.

  3. When you say people stand up at the meetings and say their peace, what kinds of things do people talk about? Do people respond to each other? Do you people argue? I know you said there is silence so people can be open to the wisdom but what if someone says something bad? I’m very curious what people talk about

  4. I feel like I try to be all this way but without good :s I never knew about Quakerism and I feel like it's perfect especially around the word God. That it's ok to not believe in… "God" in that he is there a person.

  5. I am orthodox christian, but I love learning about others beliefs, ways of living and religion in general. I found this video very interesting and I love how you talk about important stuff. ❤️

  6. I know that it's been almost a year since this video was published, but thank you so much for sharing your religion! Seeing someone talking about what they believe in with such positivity, light and passion is extremely inspirational. You've encouraged me not to give up searching for a religion that would finally work for me. Thank you!

  7. My nana's nana's nana, etc., most back maternal ancestor I can find, was a Welsh Quaker who immigrated to America.

  8. I honestly can't tell you what I thought Quakerism was before watching this but I know it wasn't anywhere close to what it actually is. I had it lumped in with Amish and Mennonites for some reason.
    It sounds like a perfectly lovely religion or whatever you classify it as.
    I'm intrigued.

  9. This is interesting. 🙂 I've looked into it and it seems like there are only around 30 Quakers in Denmark (where I live). 😛

  10. I loved to play shooter video games but Im still for peace ^^
    I think alcohol is too accepted … I never really liked it xD
    thank your for the interesting informations about quakerism.
    I personally don't need a religion.

  11. Thank you. I had no idea about any of this, I am honored to have watched and learned so much. You are very fortunate to have been given such a wonderful upbringing and then to continue with this path.

  12. I grew up Catholic but much of my family from generations past were Quaker. I’ve always wondered what that meant. Thank you so much for such a beautiful and thoughtful explanation of my Ancestors religion and belief system. I believe we are parts and pieces of our ancestors passed down through the generations and it is interesting that despite not being raised as a Quaker I share many ideals, thoughts and habits of the Quaker religion. You really are a sweet, wonderful and amazing person, thank you.

  13. This was very helpful. I have been looking for religion for the first time, and this is one of the few that has strongly called to me. Thank you for sharing.

  14. This is so interesting to me, in school we never really got taught about the smaller religions like this, it's such an interesting way of life, thanks for sharing 🙂🙂

  15. I have had to stop myself when video games where mentioned. This is my first time learning of Quakerism, and I find it fascinating. I like most of what you said (video games, I like battle royales lol). I am going to look into Quakerism further and try to see if this religious shoe fits me. I am yet to find a religion I feel I fit with. I do not identify with the term Atheist for several reasons, so I have been defining myself as just ‘non-religion’.

  16. I didn’t grow up in a religious anything, but certain experiences have led me to become a very spiritual person (I don’t know if I can say “religious” because I haven’t picked a denomination that is right for me).

    It’s really nice to see people on YouTube who can talk about religious life in a way that isn’t mocked by the community.

  17. the fact that you have to be 16 and you have to choose to be a member is so lovely and wonderful and amazing. i remember an awful experience when i was 12 when i was forced into comfirmation and forced to be baptized and forced to become a member of the presbyterian church.

  18. Honestly this sounds pretty great, however whole “everyone gets another chance thing” and total equality to everyone (I don’t mean anything to do with age, race, sexuality, etc. However more like criminals or just people who are just selfish or use/mean), however honestly this still sounds very enriching.

  19. I've never really cared about religion but this video made me want to see where my morals put me. I've discovered I'm Secular. This means that I make my own decisions about life by my own experience and try to think about whats best for everyone. I don't believe in God or like the idea of religion in general but it seems Quakerism has a lot of good values. The only thing I disagree with is that everyone deserves forgiveness. Nonces, Rapists etc come to mind when I thing of people that don't deserve 2nd chances.

  20. I’m an eclectic Satanist and I think this sounds amazing!
    Thank you for your explanation. I didn’t know much about Quakerism but I love learning!

  21. I love your ideas on God being part of your soul, not necessarily a separate deity in the sky. Makes more sense!

  22. I thought what I believed was something I came up with myself (well I kind of did). I didn't know there was a name for it! Apparently I'm a Quaker. Do I sign up somewhere?!

  23. I was never taught about Quakerism and was fed wrong information from my dad – but it sounds like a really nice religion.

    This also seems a lot like how I live as an athiest

  24. I've used to be an incredibly prejudiced person, and a very judgemental at this. When I became Christian a whole world of acceptance and understanding opened up to me. Gone was the nationalism, and yes, homophobia too. And so it hurts me when I hear so-called christian belittling and judging LGBTQ community. Nowadays I am very engaged in my communities and fight for Christians to understand why we are actually supposed to respect and include all people, as well as non-Christians, to teach that no all of us are dismissive and judgemental.

  25. This was sooo surreal to watch! I am sorry in advance for the length of this post! I had no clue what quakerism was. I had heard about it but, the only thing I can recall is a feeling about them. The feeling that Quakers were the slow but steady and silent force that pushes humanity forward without end despite any momentary conflict or fad craziness human kind can think up….. This feeling mixed with all the information in this video is epiphany provoking. I hope there are way more people out there that also beleive these things than I realize. Quakerism seems like a humble caring sibling to the rest of humanity.

    I hadn't ever learned about them directly… just in mention due to their contribution to whatever topic I may be learning about.

    This was really hard to put into words. I tried a few different times. I hope this makes sense.

  26. Honestly, that sounds wonderful. I grew up baptist, and god, the grace I hear in your explanation is what I've been seeking my entire life.

  27. I'm agnostic, so I've dipped in and out of a lot of different religions to work out if any speak to me or what I can take away from each. The silent listening and connectiveness aspects really spoke to me!

  28. I live by a Quaker church built in 1835 that served as a stop in Michigan’s Underground Railroad system 💙

  29. I’ve been struggling for a long time to find a religion that fits my ideals and Quakerism seems to fit the most, this video was extremely useful.

  30. I was brought up Roman Catholic, and had a fairly active Christian upbringing, going on pilgrimage, altar serving, etc. This was until I was 21. At that point the same sex marriage bill was being discussed. As a bisexual, I was ardently supportive of it being passed, but of course my parish was not. I remember leaflets actually being passed out at the end of mass, and sermons that were almost vehemently against the bill. It was at that point I decided I couldn't continue to attend the church, and be supportive of an institution that was so damaging and opposing to my core beliefs. I don't know anymore if I identify as a believer, as an agnostic, or even an atheist. I have actually been considering researching various forms of faith to see if there are any denominations that fit what I feel most in my soul is correct, and your discussions on Quakerism have given me food for thought on the topic. I know this is a long comment, but thank you Jessie for opening my eyes to another understanding and practice of belief

  31. This is super interesting, I'd never really known anything about quakers apart from conscientious objectionism in the world wars. It seems more like theistic philosophy than a religion.

  32. This was a very interesting video. I realize that I had so much misconceptions about Quakers. It's totally the opposite of what I thought it was.

  33. I absolutely love how you described quakerism! I grew up as a mormon and a lot of what i felt was missing (the reasons i left the church after turing 18 and my parents no longer had a choice in my life) was talked about in your video! The equality, gayness, the safe space for a week to try different things is all incredible and i have always wanted those things in my life. You mentioned that you didn't want to know if quakerism and your personal beliefs were linked or not but i believe that its part od who you are in general and although im not a quaker and didn't grow up in a wonderful society like yours, i sought out that same equality and love and peace that you have found. So thank you for sharing this video, it was insiring and to know that a religion like youre exsists is amazing. Id love to be a visitor one day!

    Forever inspired,
    Alana
    (Pronounced like Elena or Alaina)

  34. I grew up in a non-denominational Christian church that liked to act like they were Baptist. I am an agnostic atheist now which means that I cannot definitively say that a god cannot exist and I am open to the idea should I see a good argument or proof, but at the same time am fairly comfortable in the assumption that one does not exist and I don't believe that I need to believe one exists because it doesn't prevent me from living a fulfilled and meaningful life of decent morality. However one thing I've always admired in religion is the sense of community and comfort it can give to people. Learning U.S. history introduced me to Quakers in a positive light. When compared to the Puritans who were sexist and very strict in their practices, kicking anyone who disagreed with their doctrines or laws out of their colony, Quakers seemed very nice. They helped to pave the way for a precedent of religious freedom in American colonies by founding Pennsylvania. It was one of the first colonies that weren't obsessed with their specific religion and it was pretty chill as far as expression was concerned. Most of the early dutch/British colonizers of North America were religiously inspired because they believed they were persecuted in England. The Quakers left because they didn't want to fight in the wars. One of the most memorable Quaker protests that I learned about was that of a dude who just lied down in front of the door and made going to a meeting hall inconvenient. It actually caused reform to happen. People got so annoyed at a dude lying down and causing an inconvenience that it caused change. It baffles me that no one talks about them anymore. In church people would put the Amish on a pedestal for their simplistic life. Meanwhile, its not the healthiest community and there are lots of villages where abuse is tucked away in a corner and women aren't encouraged to be independent. Adolescents get naively drug into drugs, abuse, and pregnancy during rumspringer. Quakers just seem like they have the chillest doctrines and I never hear anything about them. Also anyone whose church is named "the society of friends" has to be the most wholesome shit out there.

  35. I know about quakerism because of Willian Tuke. I study psycology and I work with Animal-Assisted Therapy in my internship, so obviously I had to study for it, and Willian Tuke was a quaker too! It's cool to know you're a part of it as well :>

  36. I am LDS (Mormon) and I'm amazed at how many principles we share! There are a ton of misconceptions about my religion but, apart from the doctrine, we share very similar values 💜

  37. Okay quick question. What is Jessica's problem with Quaker Oats? I know it wasn't founded by Quakers, but still does it deserve the hate?

  38. You often talk about all people being equal in Quakerism, so I have a question (but first, a preface.) I've recently been watching a couple in Japan on YT, and one of the concepts they mentioned was that if you're speaking to someone older or with more authority than you (parent, parent-in-law, boss, teacher, etc) you are to always use formal speech. They have a word for it, I just can't remember what it is. I think it starts with a "k". Anyway, I'm wondering if there are Quakers in Japan and if they follow Japan's social standard or the Quaker social standard.

  39. I’ve never been so moved by a video about religion before! I identify as agnostic/atheist but have always tried to live my life according to the principles you describe. I am very interested in learning more! I never knew there were other people who were generally structured around those principles. Religions usually seem to be ways to control people but it seems like this is a way to serve people, which I love. I discovered your channel through a hair dressing video and now here I am learning about a beautiful religion!

  40. I'm a agnostic/atheist brazilian who for years only knowed the word quaker as a mark of cereal.
    This video is a great introduction.

  41. “as quakers we don’t believe in advertising our religion or forcing it on to people”

    thanks you. i’m so tired of people at my door and friends trying to “convert” me because they think i should be part of their religion.

  42. *Alarm Bells* Quakerism is not Christianity. The two big red flags I saw were that Jessica did not mention the Gospel (gospel translates to “good news” of Gods gift of salvation) and she said that your actions can make you good. Well it’s impossible to be fully good by human nature. There are no good or bad people in the world. There are only eternally saved (by acceptance of Christ’s blood) and eternally separated (rejection of Gods free gift) people in the world. It is Satans mission to cloud Christ’s message with argument over morally upright behavior, a saved Christian will naturally have better (not perfect) behavior as a by product of their pursuit of Christ. Good behavior does not make you a Christian, Good behavior can reflect that you are a Christ believing and confessing Christian.

  43. I never heard of Quakerism before, but the way you describe it makes it sound like a religion I'd have loved to have grown up with.
    I grew up catholic, had a phase where it really meant a lot to me, but my Mum was in a sect (and still is to this day) that I can only describe as extreme and radical Christianism and she kept ruining religion in a whole for me. Like the typical sect behaviour, "Only my religion is true" and kept belittling mine and my identity that I lost all faith in any religion.
    And today I see the world and a god in this way: who am I to define what god exists and if something exists? Maybe there is something, maybe not. Everything could be true or not.
    But yeah your religion sounds really nice and I'm glad for you that you have that community! The world would be a better place if more people were that relaxed and open about their religion.

  44. Do you go to Yearly Meeting? Also what other Quaker events.. I’ve been going to friends meeting since I was a baby in York (New Earswick actually) and grown up in a Quaker community. I now run the children’s group in my meeting

  45. I've been Atheist my whole life but for awhile i went to school religious gathering (I hated it) and one i and mom talked about it we change my student info on my religious beliefs. And it was a good lesson in finding my beliefs. My main foundation in life is science and truth because both can be proven

  46. I love your channel Jessica. You are so respectful and sweet. Your voice is almost like asmr. Anyways, I've been on a binge watching your videos. They are so calming to me in a way, if that makes sense. Much love from Alabama!

  47. Oats are really wonderful! ….as long as they are whole grain or steel cut ("steel cut" are whole oat grains which have been cut for easier cooking) they are great as savory or sweet. And are amazingly healthy

  48. My whole dads side is very very very Christian but my moms side not so much I know that if I told moms side I'm bi I would be ok I'm not Christian it makes no sense and ther is so many loop holes and weird thing in there so I'm try to figure out if I'm an atheist or a Quaker this video has really helped me so thanks

  49. Interesting that it’s all about “equality”, and “justice” and not wanting to do harm… yet it is limited to humans? What about all in the animal kingdom? Genuinely curious what quakers thoughts are on that. 🙂

  50. Yay for fellow Quakers. I've been a convinced Quaker for 15 years. I was just reading "A Quaker Book of Wisdom" right before I hopped on YouTube.

  51. Just found this vide after finding your channel. I'm an atheist, as is my father so I wasn't raised with religion or faith. I have often thought that if I ever did finding myself believing in some kind of god or the like then Quakerism would be a group I'd look at cause you guys seem pretty awesome. It's nice hearing more about it.

  52. I grew up in Reconstructionist Judaism, and still deeply identify with it. When I clicked on this video I didn't expect to find so many parallels between Quakerism and the sect of Judaism I know the best. A huge parallel is the Quaker idea of Gd and the idea of Gd I was taught (that everyone has their sense of Gd), as well as the idea that there is a bit of Gd in everything – they're pretty much the same! Quakerism sounds lovely and I'm excited to learn more!

  53. I am atheist but this is so interesting. This religion seems less harmful than many other religion. I still don’t believe in god but I would kinda be good with living like a Quaker. Like the peace, equality, and simplicity.

  54. So I used to be a Christian, I was baptized at the age of 3 months and went to Church sometimes with my grandparents. Then I started to be an acolyte because of my brother. I did that for about 6 years. But I never really believed that there's a "God" and sometimes I felt odd during mass because I was in front f everyone else what should mean that I really am a Christian. I quit in 8th grade because every time I went to church, I just felt terrible. So since then, I've been an atheist. I mean, I really like the concept of any religion, because nearly every religion is based on peace and a "good" life. There are just too many people who preach hate "in the name of God" or do terrible things in the name of God.

  55. This doesn’t feel like a religion to me…?
    I might be ignorant but it just feels like more of a set of morals and meeting for meditation and religion I feel is when a group of people share a set of beliefs about religious topics and not just how to live life..
    Not that I’m saying that it’s wrong because everything she said was good and are morals that every good person should live by

  56. Honestly I have always hated organized religion…. I don’t believe in god, but I do believe there are things that we just won’t understand. I did always respect the Q. I have known.

  57. I hope this is not rude, but it’s a game we used to play. And I just remembered it when you started talking about meetings. “Quackers meeting has began, if you show your teeth or tongue, you will have to pay a forfeit” lol I get it now.

  58. Never heard of it … can you believe that?
    Love the synopsis and the stuff I now know about this religion, sounds awesome.

  59. I grew up a Lutheran and my faith has definitely shaped me into who I am today. My faith is a huge part of my life. In fact, it is the most important part of my life.

  60. I might secretly have been a Quaker and not known it, like seriously almost all of those principles follow what I personally believe and interpreted from what I was taught about God/Christianity by my parents and the Lutheran Church.

  61. This is my first time to hear about Quakerism, and as someone who is ignorant about a lot of things, the first thing that entered my head was the oats. I then I thought they're naturalists. Haha. Anyway thanks for this educational video.

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