What’s All the Buzz About??
Recently a young Friend told me about a church which is near her home. She has high school friends who go there, and they’ve invited her to visit.
They’ve also been asking her about what Quakers believe, and how that might differ from what they believe there, or in other churches.
These are reasonable questions, but this young Friend had trouble answering.
The thing is, she hasn’t really been taught much about either of these topics: the basics of Quaker beliefs, or the basics of what more “orthodox” Christian churches believe.
I’ve heard of similar incidents, where younger (and some older) Friends were left feeling puzzled or embarrassed when asked such questions. And in our highly churched society, such questions come up a lot.
I looked around for a book to help her cope with these questions. Something short and focused, and meant for younger Quakers.
Didn’t find anything.
So I wrote this 40-page booklet, What’s The Password For Jesus? Quaker FAQs for Younger Friends.
It covers 24 FAQs, including:
Q. What About The Bible?
Q. What About Jesus?
Q. What Does “The Son of God” Mean?
Q. What About “Sin”?
Q. What’s A “Personal Relationship With Jesus”? Do I Need One?
Q. What About Hell?
Q. How Are Liberal Quaker Beliefs Different?
Q. How Do I Know If I’m Really A Quaker?
The answers are concise, contemporary, and of course, non-creedal. They offer a beginning in learning about Quaker beliefs, the Bible, and Jesus. My hope is they can help younger Friends (maybe some older ones, too) think about and handle such questions better. At the end there’s a short list of more books for followup.
Seems to me “What’s The Password For Jesus?” could be of use in high school RE work, at least I hope so.
Copies are available from Kimo Press for $3.95 plus $2.00 shipping. Five or more copies are $3.00 each, plus $1.00 each shipping. The address is: Kimo Press, P.O. Box 1344, Fayetteville NC 28302. (Bookstores, inquire about trade discounts.)