Mr. Berquist joined Mr. Peters’ secular church several months ago.
“There’s a sense of belonging, of knowing we’re not the only ones out there and that it’s OK to question the majority and that questioning things is good,” he said. “Everyone [at the church] knows the feeling of being a black sheep as it were and they’re all really supportive.”
In 2007 there were approximately 359,000 adult members of Quaker meetings in the world, with about 87,000 in the United States. This includes all the various branches of the Religious Society of Friends. All of the branches are represented in the United States. In other parts of the world, unprogrammed Friends (who practice silent worship and don’t have pastors) are most common in Europe and in former colonies of Britain; programmed Friends (with prepared worship services and pastors) are most common in Africa and South America.
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