NFN Membership

Nontheist Quakers: Becoming a Network Member

Yearly membership subscriptions to the Nontheist Friends Network now run (for accounting purposes) from 01 April.

To simplify administration whilst the AGM is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, membership from 1 April 2020 will be rolled over until the future AGM and FREE membership will be offered to any new applicants meanwhile (ie. until the AGM which may be next year). If you would like to become a member, please email the Membership Clerk  together with full contact details:

NFN Membership Clerk
Roger Warren Evans
(email roger at warrenevans.net). (Replace the ‘ at ‘ with the usual @ (no spaces) in your mail program – this is to give our email addresses some protection from harvesting by spammers).
(We recommend reading the NFN Constitution before completing your membership application).

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  1. So glad to have read whats on this site following recent very upsetting correspondence (August in the friend!).
    Once again I am buried in doubt about whether I am a Quaker or not (I don’t believe in a god figure) and whether I am welcome in meetings for worship as such.
    I would love for some kind of clarity as this issue has driven me away from Quakers several times over the last 10 years. It really needs some kind of national resolution.
    I don’t want to attend meetings for worship fraudulently – and I don’t want a passive acceptance from other Quakers along the lines of “don’t tell anyone and you’ll be fine” – I want to know if I am welcome as a non believer in a god figure or that I’m not welcome – and if I am welcome to be welcomed openly, honestly, equally and respectfully. If that’s not the case I wish it was expressed openly and then I will seek out an alternative spiritual home.
    Another interesting theme to explore is Ministry in meetings for worship (my local experience is of people frequently abusing Ministry and ‘platforming’ to highlight social issues, as therapy, to raise a cause or even just to offload/unburden themselves !) Despite being a nontheist Quaker I sometimes feel ‘inspired’ to give ministry (that seems to arise not from a godlike figure) is this valid / acceptable?
    Please please keep up the discussion and keep nontheism on the agenda so that all those closet nontheistic Quakers (including myself) in my meeting (I suspect as much as 40%) can have some hope.
    very very best wishes and with appreciation for your work!
    Peter

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    1. Thanks Peter, in reading your message, I find that I’m identifying with you on so much.
      While my entrance into Quakerism came only a short time ago, I felt so relieved to find a small group, of 20 or so, getting on so nicely without any real structure and without a pastor.
      After a few weeks, I was to discover that never was the G word uttered nor any reference to Christ. There was never any kind of prayer offered or ritual observed. .It was a self guided tour of your inner spiritualiy where your questions are being answered from within, similar to Buddhism.
      In finding the Non-Theists in our Friends Network, I’ve found a home.

      Appreciating your post, I am…all the best, Jules
      Peace Profound

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  2. Peter
    I completely understand that you do not want to feel a fraud nor to feel you have to hide your belief. I am an atheist wondering if I am a Non-theist Quaker or even want to be.

    I tried reading Trevor’s link twice, but having not been brought up within a religion nor studies religious text, I found it too difficult. Indeed as I read around Quakerism I have to have a dictionary open to try and understand the strange words and they way they are used. It reminds me of part of a description of a Professional group, they create a language to maintain their status and create a barrier to entry. Indeed legal document have a list of terms or definitions relating to a contract so that everyone is on the same page, then pay a fortune trying to sort out how different people understood the meanings.

    I use the word love, it makes sense to me. It can not be seen, measured, photographed, microscopically examined, it feels different to everyone, there is no scientific proof of it’s existence. I think it is the most powerful force in the human race and so often you can see the results of the actions that have been motivated by love. Actions speak louder than words to me.

    Having said that I love to discuss beliefs and what makes people tick, but I do not have the diplomacy of acceptance that I understand Quakers have. I think it’s hard sometimes for religious people to meet a good person who doesn’t have a faith, as it is hard to me to accept some religious ideas. I am looking forward to going to in person to a meeting to see if I fit.

    Gill

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  3. Hi Trevor

    Interesting book, the title would have put me off straight away, but as you recommended it, i thought I would give it a go. Then I recognised Rhiannon from the Woodbrooke zoom meeting, and she had already gain some respect from me.

    I found that most of it was in line with my thinking, I learnt a long time ago to try and be very gentle with my views and religious folk. I did like her term “behavioural creed” which is what I am most interested in, and would like to find out more about this in theory and practice.

    I am hoping to join the Croydon zoom tomorrow and see how it is.

    Gill

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  4. I joined the Croydon meeting this morning, it was different there were far less people, after the meeting, there was talking. They obviously knew one another and were part of the business side of the group.

    I messaged thank you for letting me join and it was assumed I was going so people waved and said goodbye, which was friendly. I don’t know if in a real meeting as opposed to a virtual one, people would be curious about me or not, and I was not quite sure when to leave or when it ended. I found it so hard to just sit for over an hour doing nothing but listening, at this time in the morning I like to be more active as I run out of steam later.

    On a different note, I have found the New Economy project which I am very interested in, so more reading to do.

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    1. Thanks for this Gill.
      It will mostly be people who know each other, especially with online meetings.
      I think we try not to be too curious about newcomers although of course we are! But we don’t want to frighten people away.
      Of course it is a bit different and a bit odd being online but I hope in due course you’ll be able to attend in person. I expect online meetings will continue in the future supplementary to ordinary meetings.

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  5. I tried an online meeting on Sunday evening hosted by Woodbrooke and it was only for half an hour, which felt better than an hour, apart from feeling rather sleepy.

    What I found most interesting was the chatting afterwards, people were from all over the world, and they all had interesting things to say. I tried to stay quiet, but as you can imagine, I ended up putting my penny’s worth in about missing swimming of all things.

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