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November 12, 2012

New Quaker community gathers at St. John’s Episcopal

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NORMAN —

Not taking any more than what you need from the world or other people also is a testimony of the Quaker faith.

“Because your luxuries may end up depriving somebody of their necessities of life,” Kaylor said.

The Peace Testimony, involves the Quaker’s commitment to nonviolence.

“That’s one of the things that got Quakers in trouble when they first started because they refused to bare arms against other human beings. For that they had been imprisoned and tortured and outlawed in various countries that they belong to,” Kaylor said.

Integrity Testimony, Kaylor said, means something different to every person.

“For me, it’s just don’t lie to yourself,” Kaylor said.

Kaylor adds that some could link the Quaker religion to that of Buddhism.

“I think Quakerism is the closest thing in Western spirituality to Buddhism because of the Quaker meditation techniques. I think one of the things that sets Quakerism apart is that the Quaker spiritual experience is committed to a communal revolution, that God speaks not just to the individual, but to the whole community and our own insights have to be tested against the wisdom and experience of the community,” Kaylor said.

Kaylor hopes that the congregation will grow in membership and in the community.

“I think my excitement would come from being able to make connection between the Quaker community and other religious communities in Norman who are gathered together around the same core values as we are. I’d love to be able to work with people on peace issues and equality issues.”

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