“The life that
intends to be wholly obedient, wholly submissive, wholly listening,
is astonishing in its completeness. Its joys are ravishing, it peace
profound, its humility the deepest, its power world-shaking, its
love enveloping, its simplicity that of a trusting child.”
Thomas R. Kelly
Conservative Quakers Of Canada
Quakers.ca is a body of believers unified in our love for Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Savior. We are conservative in the sense that
we wish to uphold the traditions of our founders. People such as
George Fox, Robert Barclay and William Penn grounded the Religious
Society of Friends in certain customs and beliefs. Modern Quakerism
has moved further and further away from these things and it is our
goal to conserve them. Conservative Quakers are a diverse group.
Some of us our plain dressed, and some of us are not. Many of us
are progressive or even radical; so don’t let the word
“conservative” fool you. We welcome visitors among us. We hope you
will seek further information that may be available from our members
and other Friends’ writing.
The name “Quakers” was given to this society over 300 years ago.
George Fox, a well-known minister of that day, urged a prosecuting
judge at Darby, England, to “tremble at the word of the Lord.” The
name “Quakers” was first used in ridicule. Sometimes, though,
Friends have felt an inner, or demonstrated an outer, trembling
response to the Lord’s powerful presence in worship meetings.
The Society of Friends began when George Fox (1623-1691), a seeker
of religious truth, became disillusioned with the formal religious
organizations and leaders of his day. While meditating one day,
near the point of despair, he experienced a voice saying, “There is
one, even Christ Jesus, that can speak to thy condition.” In
response Fox declared, “My heart did leap for joy.”
Shortly thereafter he began to proclaim that Christ had come to
teach His people Himself. The message that George Fox and the first
friends preached was that the power of God was available to all
without need of ritual or clergy. This was a revolutionary return
to the faith of the first Christians.
The experience of receiving and believing in Christ’s Light or
Spirit empowered the early Friends to become obedient children of
God. This led to much persecution, which helped to spread their
radical understanding and experience of the gospel throughout the
world, especially Europe and America.
The Light Within
The early Friends
first experienced and then preached the good news that Christ gives
power to become children of God to all who will receive Him and walk
in His light. As each is obedient to what is shown, more light is
given to see and do God’s will. This inward
Light, Jesus Christ “that of God” in
everyone, is available to each one who seeks to know it.
God’s leading is the way to grow in knowledge of Him. As we follow
him more closely, He gives us inner peace and joy.
Our Invitation to Worship
As Quakers, we
gather to wait upon the Lord in silence. We wait for his power and
life to fill us. We wait until the Lord’s spirit moves us and gives
us the words to speak. We do not speak or sing or pray in our own
will and words, our own earthly wisdom, or at the time we have
picked. We speak as God opens within our hearts what He would have
us speak to His assembled people. If any of us, man or woman,
speaks: it is a vessel through which God speaks.
Our worship is
worship in which our Lord is an active participant, choosing who
will minister, choosing what will be sung and what will be prayed.
Our worship is for the edification of God’s church, which is a
gathering of His people in His spirit.
We hope you will
join us. For more information feel free to
is division of
Quakers Online, an evangelical network,
hoping to establish a virtual community for Friends from all parts
of the world. We also hope to facilitate, and encourage new
believers, many of whom would not have the opportunity for
fellowship with others in their area.
The Rosewater Foundation – provides the funding for Quakers
Online projects as well as other online communities. Also exists as
a quotation, blog and music website.
Perfection Design – Calgary based Web-design Company provides
Quakers Online with software development and web maintenance
New Possibilities Online – Calgary based graphic arts and
web-design provided Quakers Online with our templates for free.