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Quaker Web Discussion Forums
and Usenet Group

Compiled by Bill Samuel
Last updated October 15, 2008

There are opportunities to join in (or just read) dialogue among and about Quakers (Friends) in Web discussion forums and one Usenet group. (See also Quaker E-Mail Lists.) All of these are available to anyone at no charge, other than any fees for your Internet service.

Web Discussion Forums

Some Web services have discussion groups, which go by various names at different services. Many Quaker ones have been established, but only a few remain active. In addition to what are listed here, there are groups which you may choose to use either as email lists or as Web forums. Those are covered in Quaker E-Mail Lists. Forum

This Forum provides an opportunity to discuss any aspect of the Society of Friends. Anyone can read it. You do need to register to post, but this is free and you will get no spam or advertising as a result of registering. It has a moderator (me), but messages are not screened before posting.
My comments: Has done better at involving Friends from different parts of the spectrum than most Quaker forums and email lists. Is not as active as it once was.

Quaker Faith and Fellowship Forum

This Forum provides an opportunity to discuss any aspect of the Society of Friends. Anyone can read it. You do need to register to post. It has moderator, but messages are not screened before posting.
My comments: The most active general interest Quaker forum at this writing. Originally mostly Friends from the liberal unprogrammed part of the spectrum, but has become broader.

Dry Clean Only: a place to talk about Quakerism

This is a Yahoo club. To become a "member" you need to register with Yahoo and click on a Join link in the club. Yahoo then sends an email, with a URL (Web address) at which you can complete the process.
My comments: Friendly atmosphere; rarely contentious. A wide variety of Friends participate. Not very active at this writing

Society of Friends Forum on Beliefnet

This is a forum about Quakers on Beliefnet, a site which provides information on many belief systems and religious groups. It has a moderator, but messages are not screened before posting. You need to register to post.
My comments: This Forum attracts a varity of people, including those who take Beliefnet's Belief-O-Matic quiz and test out Quaker. Not very high volume.

Quaker Usenet Group

You read Usenet groups with newsreader software located either on your provider's hosted exchange server or on your own computer. Because of the enormous number of Usenet groups and the associated disk storage requirements, many providers do not provide all possible Usenet groups, but they usually provide the standard hierarchy. You post messages to a group which is solely a Usenet group with newsreader software (either standalone or bundled with either of the major Web browsers) or Web sites set up for this purpose (like Google groups), not your e-mail software.


Soc.religion.quaker is a general purpose Quaker discussion group. It is unmoderated and no subscription or registration is required for posting.
My comments: High volume. Most posts are by a very few posters, and the large majority are not of interest to most people who want to discuss Quakers and Quakerism.
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A Living Faith: An Historical and Comparative Study of Quaker Beliefs
Cover imageWilmer Cooper, founding Dean of Earlham School of Religion, provides an historical look at the beliefs of Friends (Quakers). Includes study questions.
Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home
Cover imageRichard J. Foster. Describes 21 types of Christian prayer. Harper San Francisco, 1992. 288 pages.
Journal of George Fox
Cover imageThe auto- biography of the founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Celebration of Discipline
Cover image20th Anniversary Edition of Richard J. Foster's million- selling work on Christian spiritual disciplines.
Imagination & Spirit: A Contemporary Quaker Reader
Cover imageA selection of excerpts from 15 contemporary Quaker authors who reached the mainstream market. See review.

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The Peaceable Kingdom
by Edward Hicks
29 in. x 23 in.

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