The Wild, the Innocent, and the Quaker’s Struggles

It made sense for the Quakers to cultivate an exaggerated presence in order to make their voices heard. By Dr. Brooke Palmieri Although they were notorious for appearing naked in marketplaces, interrupting sermons, and calling for the overthrow of the church, the Quakers were extraordinarily disciplined about running riot. It made sense for the Quakers[…]

“To Wait Together upon the Lord in Pure Silence”: Quakers in the 18th Century

Quaker worship services have always consisted of long periods of silent reflection. “The voices of the past are especially lost to us. The world of unrecorded sounds is irreclaimable, so the disjunctions that separate our ears from what people heard in the past are doubly profound.” When historians say they hope to retrieve the “lost[…]