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January 26, 2013

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‘Being a Quaker in the 21st Century’

Tomorrow, Edward Gerrish Mair, treasurer of the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (NEYM) and long-time member of the Amesbury Monthly Meeting of Friends, will speak at the First Religious Society of Newburyport, 26 Pleasant St., on the subject of “Being a Quaker in the 21st Century.”

The New England Yearly Meeting of Friends is the oldest Yearly Meeting of Friends, having been founded 352 years ago in Newport, R.I. Early Puritans had little tolerance for early Friends, going as far as hanging four of them on Boston Common.

Mair says that most people don’t realize that today the largest group of Quakers in the world are not in England or the United States. They are in Kenya and they are Bible reading, born-again Christians. The beliefs of Friends in East Africa contrast sharply with the humanist, liberal and universalist thinking of many Quakers in New England.

Mair will present a brief history of Quakers in the United States, including the 19th century schisms between Hicksite, Wilburite and Gurneyite Friends. He will also discuss the reunification of Wilburite and Orthodox Quakers in New England in 1945. He will introduce Quaker ideas such as the five testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equality and Quaker concepts such as the inner light.

Holy Redeemer Parish Mass schedule

Holy Redeemer Parish in both Merrimac and West Newbury has changed its church service schedule.

For the next five weeks, Mass will be said at St. Ann Parish at 300 Main St. in West Newbury on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 10:15 a.m. At the Church of the Nativity, 4 Green St. in Merrimac, Mass will be said on Sundays at 8 a.m.

The 4 p.m. Mass on Saturdays switches every six weeks between the two churches.

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