Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. - MPF
An Infed writer (http://www.infed.org/thinkers/et-foll.htm) writes that Mary Follett came from a Quaker family. Does anyonne happen to know if she herself was a Quaker? Joan Tonn mentions that she was baptised at a Unitarian church (pp21/22).
Any facts, thoughts and speculations will be gratefully received!
Thank you, Valerie. That's interesting and useful. It suggests to me that the family were no longer Quakers, if they had ever been.
I have been interested in this question also. At our Oct 21 gathering in Boston, we discussed this. Despite her interests and vision, no one has identified a direct Quaker connection. Her nephew told Albie Davis that each member of the family went their own way, religiously (her mother was a Christian Scientist). But, Taylor, Jane Addams, Elise Boulding, other such social pioneers did have Quaker membership at some point in their life.
It is in interesting question, I think.
It seem from her writing and the descriptions of her life in Joan Tonn's biography that she often thought and acted like a Quaker, and like many Quakers is not defined by Quakerism, it apparently being a free, plain speaking belief system
I'd like to thank everyone for their contributions.
I hope all those who could make it, enjoyed the Boston gathering.