Jehovah’s Witnesses and “the Friends”

by minimus 32 Replies latest jw friends

  • Funchback

    In the Philadelphia area, in talks it was used almost always: "so, friends, let's always...".

    Also, "the friends" was used way more than "brothers and sisters".

  • Londo111

    The Quakers are also known as "the Friends".

  • minimus

    Are the Witnesses friendly to you? They are the Friends,right?

  • Diogenesister

    Never was a thing in the UK. Wierd.

    Also they used to say brothers AND sisters more often from the podium in the UK, now I Im sure they just say brothers more and more.

  • HereIgo

    yes, very common phrase in my area. It was used so often it became watered down and fake sounding. Well, who am I kidding, they are fake "friends" to begin with! 100% conditional love.

  • Xanthippe

    Never heard of it until I came on this forum, we don't use it in the UK.

  • BluesBrother

    " Friends" is an American thing .... over here it is always 'the brothers' . To address another Witness formally one says ' brother or sister' (surname)

    It would be ignorant to say Mr xxxxxxx . There was once a woman progressing to baptism but having problems and thois elder did not like her. He called her 'Mrs xxxxx' and she was really offended.

  • punkofnice

    As others have said, I never heard of it here in the UK.

    I wonder if the UK jobos use it now though?

  • jookbeard

    never used the term in the UK

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    The friends was not an expression we used in UK or Spain. I only heard it used when listening to GB member's talks.

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