Introduction

 

 

A Way to God

Quakerism is a way of life rather than a set of beliefs. Quakers seek to experience God directly, within themselves and in their relationships with others ans the world around them. These direct encounters with the Divine are where Quakers find meaning and purpose.

 

Quaker Spiritual Practice

The bedrock of the Quaker way is the silent meeting for worship. We seek a communal gathered stillness, where we can be open to inspiration from the Spirit of God. During our meetings for worship some may feel moved to speak: something anyone may do, as all are considered equal. Meetings can be held anywhere, at any time, although they are often on Sundays in our Quaker Meeting Houses.

 

Quakers and Christianity

The Quaker way has its roots in Christianity and finds inspiration in the Bible and the life and teachings of Jesus. Quakers also find meaning and value in the teachings of other faiths and acknowledge that ours is not the only way.

 

Sharing our Experience

Our focus is on our experience rather than written statements of belief and our collective experience is shared in Quaker Faith and Practice. This book is an anthology of Quaker experiences and insights from the founding of the Religious Society of Friends in the seventeenth century to the present day. It is updated every generation, recognising that our understanding of truth moves on.

 

Leadership

Quakers do not have priests, or a hierarchy, as we believe all people can have a direct relationship with God. All Quakers are entitled to participate in decision-making processes and to help run the Society. Those with specific roles are asked to serve for limited periods of time, after which others take their turn to serve.

 

Working for a Better World

Our religious experience leads us to place a special value on truth, equality, simplicity and peace. These testimonies, as they are known, are lived rather than written. They lead Quakers to translate their faith into action by working locally and globally for social justice, to support peacemakers and care for the environment.

 

Quaker Communities

Quakers meet together for worship and in other activities in local and area meetings. These are inclusive and open to all. In our meetings we hope to find acceptance, support, challenge, practical help and a sense of belonging. Our sense of community does not depend on professing identical beliefs, but from worshipping, sharing and working together.

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