Why Quakerism is Like Lego Bricks


Posted on 27th October 2019

Without any set creed, Quakerism can seem loose and flimsy but it is as strong as Lego bricks.

Lego bricks are incredibly hard to break and it is up to you to assemble them into whatever design you choose. The word ‘Lego’ comes from the Danish phrase leg godt meaning play well. One way of thinking about Quakerism is that it is a faith that can be built brick by brick.

The bricks of Quakerism are based upon the SPICES:

  • Simplicity
  • Peace
  • Integretity
  • Community
  • Equality
  • Stewardship

The Lego Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891 – 1958), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. Lego expanded to begin producing plastic toys in 1947 and two years later in 1949 produced an early version of the now familiar interlocking bricks, calling them ‘Automatic Binding Bricks’.

The Lego Principle

The Lego Principle is that every piece of these automatically binding bricks has the capacity to connect. Each Lego brick comes with studs that give it the ability to join with another. Every stud has the Lego trademark engraved on it, a symbol of trust. In the past others have tried to copy Lego bricks but have been unsuccessful. Their studs did not connect as well.

Like trusted Lego bricks, Quakerism connects people and shared belief together in an unlimited number of ways.

Lego bricks are also also designed between generations. The Lego Principle means that a first generation brick of the 1950s can still connect with a brick made in the 21st century. The same is true of Quakerism.

The same opening and leading of light from the original Seekers of the 1600s shines through the centuries and is visible today.

No two people will have the same identical faith and therefore every person’s design will be different. But what remains the same is that every person uses the same bricks.

Play well.


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