This study draws upon original qualitative research in which the author - in systematic and analytical ways - asked nearly fifty Quakers, from both the eastern part of the United States and in England, to describe their understandings of Quaker silent worship in the unprogrammed tradition. The research draws upon contemporary theory and integrates an interdisciplinary perspective about the complex relationship between silence and words.
Dr. Searl teaches in the doctoral program of Union Institute and University.
Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction; 1. Varieties of Quaker Worship; 2. The Worship Silence and Its Meanings: Challenges and Dilemmas; 3. Worship and Issues of Community; 4. The Challenges of Feminist Scholarship; 5. Unresolved Dilemmas in Quakerism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.