Quakers aren’t quite so numerous as reported

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16 December 2009

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From the Recording Clerk of Quakers in Britain

Sir, — We read with interest your story “Quakers thought to be strict” (News, 11 December). Would that there were 200,000 Quakers in Britain! Just a nought too many.

Currently, around 23,000 people attend Quaker meetings in Britain, hence the market research has been conducted at a timely moment when we need to focus our message and reach out and add to numbers.

Responses to the survey have given us useful pointers on clarifying how our historic commitment to truth, equality, simplicity, and peace challenges Quakers to alleviate suffering and work for justice.

GILLIAN ASHMORE
Friends House, 173 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ

From Roger Seal

Sir, — People may consider that we Quakers “interpret religion in a very strict way”, but that’s not how it appears if you belong. We do, however, try to be strictly accurate about numbers: each year we draw up a tabular statement of member­ship, and the 2008 figure shows that there were 14,624 members of Britain Yearly Meeting, covering England, Scotland, and Wales.

ROGER SEAL
34 Church Lane, Moulton
Spalding
Lincs PE12 6NP

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