Saturday hippie: Quaker and other radical religion

The hippie experiences also fed back into Judaism and Christianity, at least in their radical streams. The Society of Friends (or Quakers) has long been part of counterculture, from its origins on – so it found new vitality in the ’60s and ’70s.

It’s one more element of the Hippie Trails saga.

Have you experienced any of this in your own faith circles? Do you see it at play in your worship?


Hippies came – and still come – in all varieties. Saturday Hippie is a weekly feature that highlights a counterculture awareness and spirit, including a vision of a harmonious global commonwealth on the horizon. The work and the lessons didn’t end in the ’60s and ’70s. Here’s to the Revolution, near and far.


1 thought on “Saturday hippie: Quaker and other radical religion”

  1. I’m a lifelong Episcopalian. The “Jesus Movement” of the 60s and 70s brought folk-style music into our worship. That’s about it back then. Today the Episcopal Church is more countercultural than ever. Our new presiding bishop is African American even though the majority of Episcopalians are white. Our diocesan bishop (in Atlanta) also is African American. The denomination, long insular and staid, is turning outward, “drawing the circle wider,” welcoming people of all races and ages and sexual orientations, working for peace and justice, helping the poor and homeless, working in prison ministry, organizing programs to foster racial reconciliation and understanding between religious faiths, living as “Jesus people” in the world. Needless to say, many Episcopalians aren’t happy about all of this, but I’m right at home.

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