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date: 22 September 2019

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Important shifts are arising out of major changes in world Quaker membership patterns, which occurred in the twentieth century. Quakerism in Africa, Latin America, and Asia are taking on their own character even as tensions grow out of changing relationships with North American Friends. Major questions arise at the edges, which this chapter defines as generic evangelicalism and humanist activism—both trends in the United States that pull away from an identifiable faith community of Friends and can lead further into groups that recognize no commonality. Contrasting pressures exist causing some Friends to assert the authority of the Yearly Meeting over biblical interpretation, while others seek ways of respectful reconciliation.

Keywords: future, world, reconciliation, biblical interpretation, United States, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Quaker

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