I was thrilled to see this, an 11-minute segment of a documentary-in-production on the Religious Society of Friends. It's exciting because it avoids the pitfall of mythologizing. For example, whereas it reveals Quaker involvement with abolition it does not obscure the fact that some Quakers owned slaves and were the first "targets" of Quakers who came to know that ownership of people was against the right order of God.
I am not collecting money for this documentary which will play on PBS, but I am supporting it in every way I can.
I am a Quaker in Philadelphia, PA, a city founded by William Penn within territory he received from the King of England. His statue is on top of City Hall, and yet many here do not know of Penn or the Quaker faith.
In contemporary USA there are any different flavors of Quaker stemming from the historical tradition provided in this clip. For silent-meeting universalists like myself, the more conservative and talkative branches seem strangely fundamental next to my own experience of that of God in all people and the equality between continuous revelation and the Biblical Word. I look forward to seeing how this documentary explains the differences as well as our common work toward a peaceable kingdom and the end of all war.