The Quaker Universalist Fellowship is a gathering of Friends who work to foster understanding among people from the diverse spiritual cultures which flourish in our globalized human community.
The Fellowship draws inspiration for its work from such traditional and respected statements of Quaker faith as are represented by the following:
|“Walk cheerfully over the earth answering to that of God in everyone.” – George Fox|
|“There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath different names: it is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no form of religion nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity.” – John Woolman|
|“The humble, meek, merciful, just, pious, and devout souls are everywhere of one religion, and when death takes off the mask, they will know one another though the diverse liveries they wear here make them strangers.” – William Penn|
The work of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship expresses Friends'
belief that there is a spirit of universal love in every person, and
that a compassion-centered life is therefore available to people of
all faiths and backgrounds.
Through publications, lectures, and
conferences the Quaker Universalist Fellowship seeks to encourage
appreciation of the diverse paths to that spirit available in
humankind's various spiritual cultures, to overcome discord, and to
foster openness and listening among people of different religious
faiths. In carrying out this work we cooperate with Friends from every
branch of Quakerism.
We seek, or create, opportunities for all Friends
to engage in constructive dialogue among Quakers and with
representatives of other spiritual traditions, in the hope that
religious faith, although diverse, will become a force which unites
rather than divides the human family. We seek to nurture that unity
through lives of simplicity, humility, justice, mercy, and peace so
that it becomes a beacon drawing together the human family in love and
service to all earthly life.
-- QUF Steering Committee, October 2009
How you can help QUF foster interreligious understanding
Our work is supported by Friends and subscribers like you who share our concerns about promoting religious pluralism and overcoming bigotry. During the past few years we have organized interest groups at the Friends General Conference gathering and sponsored speakers such as Marcus Borg, Elaine Pagels, and Philip Gulley. To foster undertanding and peace, one of our members went on a Quaker mission to Iran and another traveled to Melbourne, Australia, to attend the Parliament of the World's Religions. You can
support our work by sending a tax-deductible contribution to QUF. Our mission
includes publishing both electronic and print articles and pamphlets and
providing speakers and opportunities for fellowship at regional and national
Quaker gatherings. To make a contribution, subscribe to printed versions of
our publications, order selected pamphlets, or to ask questions, contact:
Larry Spears, Clerk
Quaker Universalist Fellowship
15160 Sundown Drive
Bismarck, North Dakota 58503-9206
QUF is seeking manuscripts
The publishing arm of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship seeks publishable postings, essays, and manuscripts focused on universalist themes. Short articles, book reviews and critiques (<3000 words) could be published in the Journal, "Universalist Friends". Full-length essays (9000 words) may qualify as a stand-alone QUF pamphlet. Longer manuscripts (60000 words) might be published as a QUF book.
QUF Library: Learn about Universalist Friends!
There's a lot of great stuff here, introspective pieces
from renowned Friends, historical overviews and incisive book reports.
Read about universalism in other cultures, and the effort to include all
peoples. As QUF continues to put ever more content online, the Quaker Library
will grow to become a great index of contemporary Quaker writings.
To ensure that you can access our newest postings, please complete our free on-line subscription
. We will contact you by e-mail when we add new material to this site!
Universalist Friends is published twice a year
and is now available free to on-line subscribers. Along with a new pamphlet,
these publications are available as Web pages (HTML) for browsing, ebooks
(PDF) for on-line reading, and pamphlets (booked PDF) for printing.
Learn about the work
Quaker Universalist Fellowship, read our mission
statement, and see what others have to say about QUF.
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