Naming the mystery

Rhiannon Grant writes about ‘Whatever You Call It: Quakers Naming the Mystery’

Have you heard a Friend talk about ‘God, or the Light, or the Spirit, or Allah, or whatever you want to call it’? Have you heard someone ask what kind of God Quakers believe in, or what it is we worship in Meeting for Worship, and heard an experienced Friend offer a list of possible answers?

For many of us the answer will be ‘yes’. You might even be the Friend who offered that answer (I know I am). If you haven’t heard it in your own Meeting, you may well have read some Quaker pamphlet or other that invited people to ‘translate’ ‘God’ into their own preferred terminology. Somewhere along the way, this kind of comment became a normal way of speaking among Friends.

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