Galway’s Quaker community will host an ‘open house’ event next week for those who would like to find out more about this distinctive Christian faith.
The open house will take place on Saturday November 20 from 1pm to 4pm at St Nicholas’ Parochial School, Waterside.
Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends is one of the smallest Christian denominations in Ireland today.
Quakerism developed in the early 1650s at a time when there was a tremendous amount of religious and political upheaval. Some people, who called themselves Friends of Truth, started to practice a simpler form of worship, based on silent worship before God.
They emphasised the importance of a direct relationship between God and individuals, with an inner experience of Christ leading to outward action. Then – and now – Friends believed that there is something of God in everyone and that colour, class, or gender should not be a barrier to our discovering this in each other.
Quakers are also known and respected for their commitment to pacifism and social justice.