Oh God… Let’s Talk About My Religion // What Is Quakerism? [CC]

Oh God… Let’s Talk About My Religion // What Is Quakerism? [CC]

100 Replies to “Oh God… Let’s Talk About My Religion // What Is Quakerism? [CC]”

  1. I'd honestly love to visit, it sounds a lot like my humanism and how I live life just without the community or the godly expect

  2. I'm an atheist, but I love the party about people having both good and bad. I believe that everyone has the potential for both good and bad and so an individual should look at what they are creating and evaluate it.

  3. I remember being raised on an Southern education that judged harshly the Quaker movement that was early in America, quite a lot of misinformation that I had to unlearn, so A+ for sharing ^-^ was very fun to watch

  4. This is a very interesting video. I don't know much about quakerism so it was very informative. I would love to see a video a out yout quaker wedding. Thank you for sharing 😁

  5. I'm Agnostic and have a much different opinion about violence than you do, but your religion sounds lovely. I love the fact you have to be 16 to join.

  6. I’m personally an atheist but I really like the beliefs that you have described, Quakerism seems like a very positive way of life.

  7. I am 19, born into a Christian (roman catholic) family, they didn't (and still don't) really go to church but I of course had religion classes in elementary and high school, and being catholic was just… expected of you? That if your family is, you are too, that you attend family mass, you baptize your kids and they go through the other sacraments etc. But after starting high school I started talking to my online and even school friends about religion and what we personally believed in. I learned everyone had a bit of a different definition and relationship with their faith, and that I personally do not even believe in a God or spiritual entity. Your description of quakerism really surprised me because that's really how I live my own life, but I set my own principles based on what I've learned (lots of it from people online). What I learned about sustainability, minimalism, equality… Your idea of God is what I would personally describe of how I see humanity. Everyone is a person, just like myself, but because of social rules and because people can continue doing bad things you learn to know what is acceptable and what is a red flag. Anyway, thank you for this video, learned a lot about something I never knew about before, I think your religion sounds awesome (despite that not being your goal hahah) and yeah, cheers from a fan from Croatiam

  8. I’ve always grown up as spiritual person so basically believing that there is something out there that binds us all together although it may not particularly be an entity such as god. Organised religions have never worked particularly well for me. I about 3 years ago found a practice called Sukyo Mahikari which sounds very similar in its core principles to Quakerism. However due to it being Japanese it does have more structure due to cultural reasons. It’s all about trying to help everyone and not to be judgmental (which is very difficult sometimes but I’m getting there). It’s lovely to see so many people trying their best to help us all.

  9. I have never actually been raised with a religion, my family is quite fluid with religion and we can choose our own path, we could look into a religion and choose what religion we would like to pursue as long as it wasn’t a cult, I personally enjoy to follow Wicca and do all the little spells and rituals and meditation and i love crystals and the moon and just general nature and most modern day religions branched off of paganism and wicca

  10. I’m agnostic and what I like to call Technically Jewish. I was raised atheist and sent to a public primary school and a Catholic high school (because education). I like the beliefs of Quakerism but religion really isn’t something I participate in

  11. I was raised as a Christian and when I turned around 10 I started to believe what I wanted at the moment. Sometimes I don’t believe in god and sometimes I do. Sometimes I pray or sometimes I don’t. It all depends on my mood. My parents are supportive with what I chose but they still go to church and what not.

  12. I'm a Christian, specifically I'm non-denominational, I got baptised a few years back, then had an existential crisis when I realised I wasn't cishet, but I've been slowly working on it, listening to God, and my church is pretty supportive. I love your view of God!! It's so sweet and just…idk…it's nice

  13. I went to a Quaker summer camp from the ages of 9 to 13 and it was the most beautiful experience of my life, there was so much focus on community and working together. One of my favorite things was every morning we'd have a silent meeting, where we would sit in a little clearing on tree trunk benches in complete silence for about 10 minutes, when the 10 minutes was up we would go around saying good morning and giving each person a hug. I don't know that the silent meetings were specifically a Quaker thing, but they were beautiful nonetheless.

  14. I am going to attend my first quaker service either this sunday or next. This is all new to me, at 30, but i am genuinely excited. I identify with all of what you've said and… Maybe this will put me with people that i want to be around. Thankyou.

  15. i’m agnostic and unitarian, but this sounds really cool! i don’t necessarily subscribe to the idea of one “God”, but this sounds like what i wish my experience of going to a catholic school was.

  16. I do not have a religion, and i am also a natural optimist! And I don’t drink alcohol, just because I don’t enjoy the taste at all

  17. Quakerism has been popping up in all aspects of my life lately- on social media, in the music I am listening to, and the people I am meeting. I feel so drawn to it, and this video has simply solidified my desire to attend a meeting. Thank you so much for educating us- especially for those of us who feel drawn to it (like me!). So, yeah. Thank you!!!

  18. I have never heard of Quakerism before and honestly, I'm intrigued. Even as an Athiest, these ideas appeal to me greatly.

  19. I love this! I'm a LDS and although we have some set guidelines we also do have some modern books and manuscripts. We also believe in helping all people no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, or whether they are gay or straight. We focus on respect for all as well, which many don't know. We may not support those who are gay, but we are still told and taught to be respectful and help them when needed. You explaining your religion informed me that my religion is very similar to yours (although misconceptions would lead people not to believe that). I fully support the idea of having a personal relationship with God and helping others.

  20. Huuu I was told my grandma told me if I wasn't dumped in water by a creepy old man I was going to hell. I was 11. So I was dunked in the water by the creepppyyyy old man. Now I am a learning Wiccan at 13. So hearing that you have to be 16 to join is so refreshing. I will probably end up changing alot through finding who I am and what I want to do with my life. I hope you have a lovely day blessed be.

  21. So Quakerism is a new thing I learned about today. That's cool! I grew up Lutheran, went unofficially agnostic like right after confirmation about 2 years ago and now I'm dabbling in Hellenic Polytheism. Basically the ancient Greek religion revived and modernized. So far it feels like the right thing for me, but I don't like doing definitive stuff just a bit over a week into it. I've always believed that what you believe will happen to you after you die will happen to you after you die, so nothing has really ever clicked with that, but Quakerism comes pretty close.

    This comment section is absolutely wonderful too, you're all breath taking people! Love you all and keep being amazing!

  22. I attend the Be In Christ Church (Canada, formerly known as the Brethren in Christ Church) which is Anabaptist, and a lot of the teaching and beliefs you have are very similar to ours. The main difference is the idea of a singular god who is their own entity. We see God as one entity, and while we do have some people who follow other religions we don't have many. We see other religions as dining true for others due to some universal truths of Christ that are in all societies. The peace teaching, refusing to take oaths, simplicity, etc. are all the same for us.

  23. I'm an atheist, while I was young I "tried" religion, including christianity, buddhism and Judaism… nothing fit. I didnt believe and didn't belong. So I decided I was better off just trying to be a good person. I certainly don't think I'm going to "convert" but there is a Quaker building near my home and I'm curious to experience one of their meetings!
    Ps. I absolutely love your positivity in your videos!

  24. Your explanation of quakerism sounds very similar to my religion, which is a branch of Buddhism called the Soka Gakkai.
    It is also based on what is best for the members at the current time and guidelines are made by the members. For example originally to "meditate" one would kneel, as this religion originated in East Asia. Because the Western world is not used to this and it actually furts our knees, we just sit on chairs or however we feel most comfortable.
    Also the most important thing for us is communication and growing from complications. It's very important for us to talk about hardships and there is always someone who knows someone who has experienced something similar, which is incredibly helpful because even though it's nice to have people take your problems seriously but there's nothing that can beat communication with someone who knows what it's like first hand.
    We also have a big sub group for rainbow people to support each other (where I live the name of the group is actually "rainbow group").
    You can only join once you're 14 (which is the age you're legally allowed to join a religion on your own accord here in Germany)
    We are very big on supporting the earth charta and our current president publishes a new peace proposal every year of what is giving people and peoples trouble and how we could do something about it.
    Two of the former presidents were kept in prison for most of their lives, one being a primary school teacher who refused to teach his students to hate foreigners and to do whatever the government says (in short).
    Our way of looking at a god-like entity is that everyone has a buddha nature in them, which represents the best version of oneself and we aspire to act on as often as we can.
    Famous members are for example Tina Turner and Orlando Bloom.

  25. The UK is an alcoholic culture. What you mention about being a teenager who didn’t drink is indicative of the social disease of alcohol in the UK. Plenty of cultures have alcohol but don’t force it on people in the way it is in Britain. I’m glad you held to your preference and principles.

  26. Thank you for your interesting primer in Quakerism. It’s interesting how you contextualize it as branching off from Christianity, when most Quakers would explicitly consider themselves as Christian.

  27. I skimmed thru the comments and have to ask, from a USA viewpoint position, what do Quakers do about members of their faith who act outside of the general precepts of the faith.

    Example : Richard M Nixon (US President) was a Quaker, headed a military and used that military to kill so very many people.

  28. I am a Christian person and this is a very interesting video. I have never heard about this before this was very interesting for me 💕

  29. I’m not totally sure what I am. I’m not totally agnostic or atheist but I’m not sure where I fit. I was raised Christian during the earlier part of my childhood till I was about 14 I think at which point my parents decided to let us figure out life for ourselves more than be guided by “rules” of a religion, but I’ve never really identified with it. Most would expect given that it’s all I ever really knew. But no, it just never sat quite right with me. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with Christianity or any of its branches or related things, because there absolutely isn’t, it just isn’t the right fit for me. I can’t even tell you what it was about it that doesn’t fit with me, which is really kind of odd to me. I like where I sit now, I’m not religious but I’m not not religious either. If anything I’m more spiritual, believing in fate and reincarnation and spirit guides. But honestly if I ever decide to try any religion, Quakerism would be it. Almost everything you’ve said is very close if not exactly how I feel and what I believe. I think I’ll look into this a bit more, see just how much lined up. Is it possible I’ve been a Quaker all along and never knew?

  30. I grew up first united methodist which is an offshoot of methodist which has been split many times, free methodist, united methodist, southern methodist, etc. because of the many breakups that have occurred during our confirmation process we learn about and experience different religions, I went to a mosque and a temple I experienced different types of ceremonies and we had different people come and speak to us about their religions we do this so you can choose at the end of your confirmation lessons if first united methodist really is right for you. First united methodist rarely believe in hell, believe that God loves everyone and that the bible is a product of its time so it shouldn't necessarily be taken word for word. I will say though that we couldn't find any Quakers in our area so we only watched an informational video. The first united methodist church may be splitting again soon so I have been looking at the potential of finding a new practice with just as much love and acceptance as how I grew up, I hadn't thought about Quakerism if I'll be honest because the video wasn't very interesting to my adolescent self but this had made me think of exploring it more.

  31. I didn't know that Quakers existed before I watched this video and honestly, the world needs more Quakers. I have to admit that I'd probably never be a Quaker in belief or otherwise because I'm too much of a cynical pessimist to believe in the innate goodness of people. But the world as it is now needs more kindness and acceptance

  32. Literally considering this since I’ve been rejecting the American Christianity recently. It’s just become it’s own beast. Quakerism seems to align with a lot of my own personal views

  33. I grew up catholic but now that I'm older i do not really identify with any religion. I just do my best to be fair, inclusive and just be nice.

  34. I'm an atheist but I really do have a respect for religions or religious groups such as Quakers that focus more on the social and moral implications of their religion more that the worship or god aspect. Whether or not you believe in a god it's possible to learn something from religions such as Quakerism. Good video, it's interesting to see other people's views and beliefs.

  35. I was raised Baptist & was baptized at 12yrs old. Soon after, I rejected Religion altogether. I am a logical thinker. I soon realized that Logic & Religion do not mix. There were too many questions that Religion had no answer to. As I got older, this problem ( if you want to call it that ) only got worse. I’m American & I’m a firm believer in the First Amendment so I don’t have a problem if other people believe in a Religion. It’s just not for me.

  36. This video inspired me so much that I just went and researched a lot about this and I would love to join… I'm 15 so I will have to wait 8 months. 🙂

  37. I could never believe there are no bad people. Especially because I watch crime shows and research psychology. There are people who from an early age, before 5 years old even, that hurt others for fun. They kill others, animals, for fun. There are people who are psychopaths who feel no empathy, they dont care about others and they usually are very manipulative, become abusive partners, very controlling etc. People who were raised right, taught the right things etc, still end up doing wrong things. I believe those people are genuinely just bad people

  38. Honestly I am not big on religion, especially christianity. However this sounds the most overall healthy form of religion. Interesting.

  39. This was really helpful, thanks! My RE teacher kind of just said that you sit in silence until you get a message from God and I didn’t really understand her…

  40. I'm from New Philadelphia, Ohio and our school athletic teams are the fighting Quakers, total oxymoron. I never new any of this. I do wash and reuse straws.

  41. jessica you are so wonderful! i loved this video. i think this is the loveliest idea. i am a buddhist but this peaceful equal religion sounds gorgeous. if i knew my beliefs on "god" more i think i would maybe be a quaker! i may find out about it better hopefully there's a group in my area 🙂

  42. I’m a strong atheist, sometimes more of an anti-theist, but (apart from the actual faith) I share all of your views. My reason for atheism is actually many of the topics you spoke about, like equality, sustainability and considering others in everything you do. I feel like removing myself from religion I have pushed myself in those directions.
    I personally feel no need for religion and I also feel that there are many people out there who look to religion or various gods to escape not only the world around them but themselves. Religion has caused so much pain and suffering throughout history, some of the most devastating events were thanks to religion. It divides people in many ways and I think if we focused on the basic values you shared here and did things not for gods or for praise, but for the future and for ourselves, we just might be able to change the world.

  43. I love your videos about Quakerism so much. The things that you say as positives of being Quakers are the things I needed to have as a child. I asked questions and was always told that things are just that way and not to question the word of God. It feels like Quakers are the kind of people I would have thrived with. Thank you for making videos!

  44. I wish I'd had that kind of upbringing. I grew up with the "children are lesser than adults and shouldn't be heard" mentality, where anyone under age 21 is considered a child. As a result, I am a doormat with an inferiority complex.

  45. oh my god i love zoombinis! also, quakerism seems kind of similar to my religion, unitarian universalism. it’s also not based around a dogma or doctrine-instead, we agree to seven principles such as the inherent worth and dignity of every person, a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and respect for the interdependent web of existence. it also allows for many different spiritual beliefs. i don’t personally believe in a god, but there are members who do. i’ve also known members to practice more pagan spiritualities and/or draw on religions from all over the world.

  46. Look into the music of Carrie Newcomer. She’s an American Quaker folk singer and the spirituality/values of her music resonates with my Atheist but ethical humanist beliefs and values.

  47. I live life like a quaker, except that I never needed the believe in any god to be a decent human being. I understand that the belief in God helps a lot of people, but i don't think it should be necessary to have some greater entitiy watching you to be a sensible part of the community. I have been an atheist since I was a child, but the community aspect always appealed to me. It sounds to me, that being part of the Society of Friends (btw: awesome name for a religious society!) can be psychologically very healthy.

  48. This sounds a lot like my religion but more modern. I’m a Zoroastrian and we are the oldest monotheistic religion in the world.

  49. Because you asked: I'm an optimistic agnostic atheist. I've never seen any evidence of a higher power or consciousness or purpose, and I don't think people need spiritual faith to be good and decent and socially productive. Plus I'm 99% sure the drive for faith started out of a need to understand how things work rather than due to any genuine insight into anything mystical. It's all very prosaic logic, and indubitably atheist. But since we still don't and possibly can't know how everything works, I can't say beyond all doubt that there is absolutely nothing Out There, hence the nod to agnosticism.

    At the same time, I'm open to the possibility of a god, or gods. I think it could be kind of cool … although even then, I'm still not sure about the worship thing, because why? Just for existing in some sort of disconnected reality? Or worse, for imposing strange and meaningless tests on those vulnerable to their power? That never made sense to me. Then again, I've always been a proponent of the idea that you can tell a lot about someone by the way they treat people they consider subordinates. And, okay, I object to any belief system that requires unquestioning faith, because then you're moving beyond spirituality and into religion, which as a social structure is far too prone to protect and nurture corruption. My experience and observation tells me that too many people use religion as an excuse to cause harm to other people. So, yeah, not into it.

    What you're describing on a cultural level makes a lot of sense, though. I can see why Quakerism works for you. If I ever do develop belief in a god or gods, I'll definitely investigate Quakerism as a potential vehicle for all those new feelings and awakenings. Ta. 🙂

  50. A wonderful faith more should learn about, and learn from! In my life I am of Cherokee descent, a Native American tribe in the United States, and I believe and have followed the maxim of, “Ga-Du-Gi,” for decades. Gadu means bread and Ga-Du-Gi literally means to make or do something with bread, however, Ga-Du-Gi also means— Make your community stronger without expecting anything in return. Whether you are with one person or a thousand, they are your community.

  51. What about really bad people like murders or something, are they still equal but just cruel or are they now on a different level?

  52. I find it interesting that a lot of people (including myself) have never heard of Quakerism. You hear about all the big religions and/or the controversial ones, everyone knows about them. Or the ones that everyone dubs as cults or crazy ones… But religions that are actually genuine and very spiritual and inclusive are just completely overlooked and that's very upsetting to me.

  53. One of my earliest social Memories was you had to play games when you interacted with people. The games you had to play, had behaviours expectations you had to do. People always wanted you act a certain way. Some of these thing made sense, and other did not. My mother would say, "Never run with a knife." I stopped, and thought about it. That made sense to me, I could fall, and and the knife would go right threw me. Sometimes I thought, I just didn't understand why they made me do things, but eventually I would understand, so it was best to do what my parents wanted. Often, the weather was very hot, but my mother wanted me to play outside. She would say, "Go out, it's good for you." Good for me? I didn't know why, but it must be true. So I would sit out side in the hundred degree weather, drink from the hose, and wait for supper. Once I was drinking from a hose, and spider was flushed out. I spit out the spider, but not before it bite me. My thoat swelled up, and I started to choke. Luckily, my sister stopped laughing long enough to take me inside, and my mother rushed me to the doctor. Much of was hazy, but I remember being in the hospital after they took the tube out my throat. The nice doctor asked me what happen, and I explained about the spider. The doctor said, "Why were you outside, It was almost a hundred and ten yesterday." "My mom said 'it's good for me.' " I said. My doctor frowned, but didn't say anything. Later, a male nurse came and in, and we talked while he did his job. He said, "Kid, next time it's a hundred an ten outside, stay where the air conditioning is. It's not good to be out in the heat, your mother just can't stand the sight of ya all day long. So wise up, and keep quite, and mother won't throw ya out." Wise advise. I stayed in my bedroom as much as possible after that, and my mother stopped throwing me out of the house for my own good. That's when I learned almost everything people want you to do, is mindless stupid stuff that benefits them, but it's hardly good for you. I knew it was best to humor adults, because they were so much bigger than I was. Some of the things I humored my parents over, like Santa Claus. Other things like religion, I had to live with. When I was older, I didn't have to live with all the mindless stuff my parents said anymore. You make your own way, pay your own bills, and live with your own mistakes. Sometimes it hard, and scary not having some to fall back on, but you're free. What is nice (For myself at least.), is that I had my own mind very earily, and when was older, I could think for myself. Some people have the bit forced in their mouth at a very earily age, and they don't even know it's there. Some people spit the bit out when they are older, but the guilt, and south loathing surfaces everytime someone says something stupid to them. Still these people are free too. The thing is, not everyone is made to be free.

  54. I knew nothing about Quakerism before, but after listening to you speak of it I think it sounds wholesome! I practice meditation and mindfulness and I am reading collections of the Buddhist Dharma and there are similar core values of loving friendliness. I do understand the peace of silence and letting yourself be. Thank you for sharing!!

  55. Although there are mostly good parts to quakerism, there is one thing you listed that I could never agree with. Hurt people, hurt people… it may not necessarily mean they're bad people, but there are some things that don't have a silver lining.

  56. My family is Christian. I fell out of it. I believe in energies and the universe and spirituality but most identify as agnostic. I'm not sure if my specific beliefs align better with a different term. But Quakerism sounds pretty cool. I'm going to research this more.

  57. this was a very nice video to watch 🙂
    personally i am a pagan , and alot of the personal values youve talked about are what i believe in. i dont follow or work with a singular god , but i do believe we are all connected to one another in spirit.

  58. I love growing up as an orthodox christian especially beacuse my country has a long history conected to being orthodox.Our people fought traitors for it and set their bravery for generations to come.It is alot different to catholicism/protestantism etc. so when I was little I remember being like:y do they not fast

  59. You seem to care about the planet and ethical problems a lot, are you a vegan?? Veganism is great for the planet and for the animals!

  60. I grew up super baptist but my family was always divided with different christian denominations and catholicism and it was very hard. I am now christian and follow wicca i guess??? but like i only pray to god instead of multiple dieties. And im not a witch people always automatically assume that when you say wicca but wicca is a nature religion its different from witchcraft. Like i dont practice magic or keep a book of shadows or anything but i have a prayer altar all filled with bible/jesus/god/christian things but also i follow pagan holidays and use herbs and plants and candles during prayer to connect with Gods nature/creation on my altar depending on the season. Like the pagan holiday mabon just passed and i harvested all my basil and put basil and acorns on my altar when i prayed to god and thanked him for this harvest season bc i believe things in nature have spiritual meaning and connection to God. Also i really believe other things wiccans/pagans say like everything you do comes back to you 3x etc and be concious about putting good energy into the world idk its weird idk how to explain it well???? Sigh idk what i really am

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