I started seeking a faith community when I was ten years old. I knew exactly what I was looking for. I knew because I knew God; I knew God as a loving being who was beyond requiring specific ceremonies, who spoke to all His children directly, and who grieved when He saw any of His children in pain. (I was also pretty sure that God wasn’t literally male, but it helped me to think of Him with a gender, and I didn’t think He’d mind.)
It took me seventeen years to find Quakers.
This is why outreach is so important to me. Below, you’ll see a collection of articles about seeker-based outreach, which is one way for churches and meetings to approach the whole pathway – from seeker to Quaker.