NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 29, 2013

Column about Quakers appreciated


Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I appreciate Melissa Berry’s reminding us of some of the disturbing events of religious persecution that took place in the 17th century right here in Amesbury and Newbury (As I See It, Nov. 26). Her description of Quakers as following a simple, egalitarian faith is inspiring. Quakers indeed gave equal rights to women and stopped holding or trading slaves at least a century before the Civil War.

Quakers continue to search together for answers to current questions. Fortunately, there is a Quaker meeting in our community that welcomes all who wish to explore their personal faith and how they might put it into practice. We meet every Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse, built by John Greenleaf Whittier in 1851, at the corner of Friend and Greenleaf streets (next to the town park) in Amesbury.

Martha McManamy

Clerk

Amesbury Friends Meeting