The Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship

A brief reflection by meeting member, Glenn Morison. Gorman, George H.  The Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship, London: Quaker Books. 1973 Content George Gorman was born in 1916 and passed away in 1982.  He became a Quaker as a teenager and one of the most respected Quaker writers of his century.  The book is the publication of his Swarthmore Lecture Series in 1973.  There are no definitive Quaker statements but this book would be as close to that as it is possible to come. The intriguing title is explained as referring to the “fact” that something so simple as a group of people sitting quietly in a circle has proven to be something amazing for so many people over such a long time. The book is both descriptive and prescriptive, although the style is very gentle offering suggestions and invitations rather than rules or constraints. The book also weaves history, current practice and reflection in way than you are never far from each source of understanding.  It is both very practical including such details as what you can expect people to wear but hardly pedantic as it takes on such questions such as devoting an entire chapter to the question, […]