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Quakerism

Quakers share a way of life based on personal spiritual experience rather than dogma and a fixed creed. This approach offers people guidance for their lives and encourages them to think with open minds.

Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts

Quaker spiritual practice

The bedrock of Quakerism is the mainly silent meeting for worship. Quakers have no clergy. They seek a communal gathered stillness in order to be open to spiritual inspiration. During meeting for worship anyone may speak if they feel moved to do so.

Seek to know an inward stillness even among the activities of daily life

Quakers and God

An important Quaker belief is that there is that of God in everyone. Some Quakers talk about this as an inner light. Quakers acknowledge that there are inevitably diverse understandings of what may be meant by God.

Treasure your experience of God, however it comes to you

Quakers and Christianity

Quakerism 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 there are many spiritual paths.

Respect the wide diversity among us in our lives and relationships

Quakers faith in action

Quakers have never shied away from taking decisive action on issues such as social justice, peace and reconciliation, and caring for the environment. Current issues include supporting asylum seekers, working for peace in the Middle East and responding to climate change.

Let your life speak

Quakers' sense of community

Quakers of all ages meet together for worship and social events. These are inclusive, open to all and provide people with a sense of belonging, a place to be themselves and not be judged.

Attend to what love requires of you

Quotations are from Advices and Queries, a booklet that originated in the seventeenth century to challenge and inspire Friends in their everyday lives. It is regularly updated.