Panel Discusses Quakerism as Broadmead Background

by a Broadmead resident

In late September, an audience that overflowed a special chair arrangement in the Auditorium, heard five Quaker residents discuss their faith, and the principles under which Broadmead was founded and continues to operate. The last such discussion was held five years ago.

Susie F. reviewed Quaker history, noting that Broadmead is named for a meeting house in Bristol, England, where Quakerism founder George Fox married Margaret Fell in the late 1600s. Susie moved ahead to 1947, when Quakers received the Nobel Peace Prize for relief work following two World Wars.

Bob F. enumerated Quaker values and practices, emphasizing that the equality of women has always been a tenet, with women holding major roles in the movement. He told of Quakers' use of queries as litmus tests of how one's life is being led.

Ann H. spoke on how Quaker values and practices have shaped Broadmead's history. Jean W. prepared an informative pamphlet that was distributed at the session. She and Mary Ellen S. spoke several times from the floor and helped field the many questions posed by residents. As a result of the questions, the panelists scheduled four Q&A sessions on alternate Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the Fireplace Room, the first of which was held on October 18.

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