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date: 22 October 2020

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This chapter discusses a Quaker theology of young people, their formation, and the influence of Quaker youth on new understandings of Quakerism. The development of youth-oriented programming and professional staffing for young Friends is explored, along with a presentation of the diversity of faith expressions among young Friends around the world. Finally, emerging patterns of interaction among young adult Friends are described. Among conclusions of the chapter are that there are non-negotiable issues between certain branches of Friends that are culturally and theologically determined and that pose serious impediments to substantial dialogue. Still, there are some hopeful signs of interaction, including the Convergent Friends Movement and programmes on some Quaker college campuses.

Keywords: youth, young Friends, young people, convergent, college, formation, Quaker

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