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For Lack of a Quaker Creed

Many people join us from "away," either by retiring here to Maine or joining us during their summer sojourns. Plus we have a number of members and attenders who come from a different faith background. Questions and contrasts are bound to pop up.
Julia started attending our meeting for worship in mid-winter. Raised in an extremely conservative faith practice, she arrived in our space and "settled in" with us quite quickly. happy to have found us. She is young, thoughtful, eloquent, and full of Spirit. Like many of us convinced Friends, Julia sometimes remarks on how different we are from what she experienced in her past. She often contrasts the pervasive, prescriptive rules and limited choices she has moved away from with what she is learning about Quaker practice.

Julia recently said that being good and proper is no longer a simple matter of "Is my skirt the right number of inches long?" She shared about that change from a prescribed and directed life sh…