Orange County Friends Meeting
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Irvine, California

Religious language

Quakers encourage one another "to distinguish the language of the pure Sprit which inwardly move upon the heart," rather than focusing on seeking names for God.

In the course of following their spiritual paths, many Friends find great depth of meaning in familiar Christian concepts and language, while others find more universalist language speaks to their condition. Although this phenomenon may seem perplexing to a casual observer, it does not trouble many seasoned Friends who have discovered deep unity with one another in the Spirit. The breadth of Friends' terminology promotes latitude in expression and appreciation for what may be subtle differences in understanding.

... tell them in the name of God that there is to be no wrangling about words: all that this ever achieves is the destruction of those who are listening. (2 Timothy 2:14, The New Jerusalem Bible)

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