More Quakers than ever are losing touch with our history and the legacy of democratic decision making in our communities. The membership statistics are not in our favor. Churches in general have experienced serious declines in membership, financial support, and participation. This is what we want to change!
It’s time to set things right. We’re considered quaint, irrelevant, and since many Quaker Meetings haven’t brought in new members in numbers essential to our survival, it’s time to begin a serious re-assessment.
Current statistics and trends suggest that Quakers in the US and Canada lost a dramatic percentage of their membership base in the last few decades. Friends Journal has been following this trend, and the articles addressing this topic have inspired significant numbers of comments. There are predictions that by the end of the 21st century Quakers will be in the shadows and possibly on extinction lists. These reports aren’t examples of hysterical venting. The statistics are available in the archives of Quaker organizations in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR US?
We can bury our heads in the sand. That’s unacceptable. We have a choice, and one path open to us is to start in our own Quaker communities by remembering the role of Quaker women in the first wave of the women’s rights movement in the US. A first step is to sign up to receive our posts about Quaker women, apply the information about what you can do locally, statewide, and nationally. Join in the conversation and take action. The Swedes have a phrase for this…dig where you stand. Are there enough Quaker women out there to care abut this situation and then take action? Let’s see!
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