Elias Hicks ' religious views were claimed to be universalist and to contradict Quakers' historical orthodox Christian beliefs and practices. Elias Hicks' Gospel preaching and teaching precipitated the Great Separation of 1827, which resulted in a parallel system of Yearly Meetings in America, joined by Friends from Philadelphia, New York, Ohio, Indiana, and Baltimore. They were referred to by their opponents as Hicksites and by others, and sometimes themselves, as orthodox . Quakers in Great Britain only recognized the Orthodox Quakers and refused to correspond with the Hicksites.
To say I am incredibly ashamed and disappointed in myself is an understatement. I have hurt everyone I cared about, my family, clients, business partners, employees, peers and friends. I had a fiduciary responsibility to serve my clients, and I violated that trust. I let everybody down, and for that I will spend the rest of my life asking for forgiveness and making amends to everyone I have hurt. The road to recovery goes one day at a time, but I now have a much better and clearer understanding of what really matters and have devoted my life to getting there.
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s just clothes, who cares? On the other hand, as a millennial pastor I try to be sensitive to the wishes of older members, by understanding that wearing a suit may not always be my preference but I can lay aside my rights for the sake of preaching the gospel to them. On the other other hand (I seem to be running out of hands) I’m also aware that it may be an impediment to millennials. After all, they very rarely interact with people in business suits in daily life. Then again, they do regularly consume media where people are in suits – ie. The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel, the guy on “How I Met Your Mother”.