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Dually Quaker and Anglican

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04 July 2014

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Your answers

A friend is a communicant member of the C of E on weekdays but a Nonconformist on Sundays. Is this unusual? Would anyone comment?

I am in dual membership of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and of the Church of England. I regularly attend a Wednesday-morning holy eucharist at St James's, Clacton-on-Sea, and on Sundays, at 10.30 a.m., a Quaker meeting for worship at the Quaker Meeting House in Clacton-on-Sea. For nearly eight years, I also attended the 8 a.m. Sunday eucharist at St James's, but have given that up recently, owing to age (93) and infirmity.

I remain a Quaker-Anglican or, if you prefer, Anglican-Quaker every day of the week. I sometimes "centre down" into Quakerly silence at the beginning of meeting for worship by reciting silently the Nicene Creed (BCP version) and/or the prayer of preparation at the beginning of the holy communion service. On Thursday mornings, I attend a short "Service of Celtic Prayer" at the local United Reformed church. On all these ecumenical occasions, I am usually accompanied by another like-minded Friend.

I had an article about my by-no-means-unique spiritual pilgrimage published in the Quaker journal The Friend on 2 May.

Ernest Hall, Clacton-on-Sea
 

I was born and brought up a Quaker and married an Anglican priest. Gradually I became a member of two Christian communities, and so I was baptised and confirmed while remaining an active Quaker. I now go to communion on Saturday and meeting for worship on Sunday. Dual membership is hard on the diary, the purse, and the emotions, but for me these are two complementary ways of being Christian.

Beth Allen 

(To be continued. Editor)
 

Your questions

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M. G.

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