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A Lively Faith - Reflections on Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative)

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By Callie Marsh | 6/07/12

The Conservative Friends of Iowa have a unique story. It is a chronicle of how one group of Quakers has held fast to its roots against the winds of change, while simultaneously grappling with and responding to the modern world. Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) stands its own ground, fitting neither into the liberal nor orthodox Quaker camps, yet with connections to both. Callie Marsh entered this community as an adult seeker and made it her home, taking part in identity-wrenching struggles, such as their understanding of Christianity and the question of same-gender marriage.

In this loving portrait of a faith community, Callie Marsh explores the story of Conservative Friends in Iowa. Her account chronicles of how one group of Quakers has maintained deep roots in the integrity of its tradition, while simultaneously grappling with and responding to the modern world. Drawing on personal experience and research, the author reflects upon Iowa Conservative Quakers come from, who they are today, and what may become of them in the future.