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Spokane Friends Emphasize Community, Equality on 400th Birthday of George Fox

Spokane Friends Emphasize Community, Equality on 400th Birthday of George Fox

Spokane Friends Emphasize Community, Equality on 400th Birthday of George Fox

SPOKANE, Wash. – The month of July marks the 400th birthday of George Fox, a co-founder of Quakerism and one of the most important figures in American religious history.

Spokane Friends, the Quaker meeting house in the Lilac City, lives up to the legacy of Fox and movement co-founder Margaret Fell by emphasizing that everyone is welcome.

“Spirit guides us and everyone has a space to speak and be heard,” said community member Lois Kieffaber.

Quakerism has a long heritage in Spokane, with Spokane Friends being formally established in 1952, according to Kieffaber.

Quakers practice the core values ​​of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship (referred to by the acronym SPICES) and practice a non-hierarchical form of spiritual community.

Community member Jon Maroni pointed out that anyone can attend a meeting and participate in the community, regardless of their spirituality.

“In terms of what people experience at Spokane Friends, ‘unpolished wonder’ is what I like to say…I think the raw nature is emblematic of what George Fox was,” Maroni said.

Those interested in attending a Quaker meeting will find a reverence for silent prayer over the performance of specific rituals. On Sundays, worship begins quietly.

“One of the key differences that people would experience here is the silence. This is one of the key ways we experience community with each other and the Light,” Maroni said.

Maroni describes the meetings as an opportunity to experience both the Light of God and how the Spirit works through other members of the community.

As the 400th anniversary of George Fox’s birth approaches, Spokane Friends continues to provide a spiritual home open to all.

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