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date: 30 September 2020

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This chapter examines the practices of worship and sacraments evident in various groups of Quakers. Patterns of communal worship differ between unprogrammed and programmed Friends and this chapter explains some of the historical and theological reasons for this, as well as how these practices have evolved from the seventeenth century to the present. Several characteristic features are examined including the role of group silence, music, and vocal ministry, BusinessMeeting as worship, and how understandings of Christ and of time affect what Quakers regard as sacred, and how worship ought to be conducted. Additionally, this chapter details Quaker perspectives concerning the sacraments, the theological origin of these views, and the current debates and ecumenical challenges these perspectives raise.

Keywords: sacraments, worship, eucharist, baptism, silence, vocal ministry

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