Seekers Day, June 13th, celebrates the day in 1652 when a thousand seekers gathered to hear the preacher George Fox.
The Seekers were a faith-based group in 17th Century England. Unlike a church, they believed words weren’t necessary to encounter the Divine. Therefore, they gathered in silence and waited for the spirit of the Divine to distill among them.
George Fox was a seeker who became a founding member of the Quakers. When he spoke at Firbank Fell (pictured above) many seekers were convinced of his words and, as a result, the early Quaker movement gained new followers and took root.
Seekers believed the following:
- Having no creed
- Embracing a broad spectrum of ideas and positions
- Supporting separation of church from state
- Respecting all religions, but accepting none as authoritative
- Not excluding a person from joining another sect
- Believing the spirit was equal in all
- Allowing women preachers, a much derided practice at the time
- Favouring anti-nominiasm, a rejection of religious law (especially as written in the old testament)
No statue or monuments exist in remembrance to the Seekers. Their only dedication is a mention in the Plaque at Firbank Fell, created by Quakers in 1952 to celebrate 300 years of the Society of Friends.
The original seekers may be long gone, but their faith has been inherited into Quakerism and lives on to this day.