Quakers decided at their annual gathering to look again at their handbook Quaker Faith and Practice. The process follows years of thought and discussion locally, and is likely to take several more to complete. Revision will be highly inclusive, and appeals for comments and suggested additions are underway. The final draft(s) will be approved by the Yearly Meeting, a gathering at which every Quaker is entitled to attend.
Considerations raised during the process include:
-the need to reflect the range of current Quaker interests and thought, and draw more on Quaker insights from around the world
-the need to separate out broad principles and the spiritual dimension from detailed guidance, which often changes more rapidly and is best left to separate handbooks
-the need for the book to be more accessible in various ways – at its simplest, it opens well but the chapters are not in a good order for beginners. It may have images, diagrams, video…
-the need to hear from younger Friends and be fully inclusive
I hope Winchmore Hill will feel the challenge and rise to it.