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The One Testimony that Binds Them All Together - People keep asking how many testimonies Quakers have. Some use a list of four. Some use a list of six. Some put them together with the acronym SPICE. You don't find enumerations of testimonies in early Friends writings. I have noticed that you will often find references to "our Christian testimony" in them. Recently I saw an excellent explication of this by James Healton in a forum posting. I thought it deserved being turned into an article, and he obliged me. James Healton grew up among Quakers in Pacific Yearly Meeting. He was recorded as a minister in Evangelical Friends Chruch Southwest, where he serves as pastor of Friends Community Church Sacramento. He also gives talks and leads workshops among groups of Christian unprogrammed Friends. I think this article is a good, concise explanation of the understanding of early Friends on this matter.
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Iraq Country Representatives Rick McDowell and Mary Trotochaud have been living in Baghdad since May 2003. They are on a nationwide speaking tour in the United States March 1-20, 2004. American Friends Service Committee, March 1, 2004
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