Being a Quaker is a way of life rather than a set of beliefs. Quakers (known to each other as “Friends”) seek to experience God directly within themselves and in their relationships with others and the world around them. All life is sacred and Friends use many words for God based on their experience tested in everyday life. Quakerism is rooted in Christianity.
Quakers meet together for worship and other activities in local and area meetings, which are inclusive and open to all. In our meetings we hope to find acceptance, support, challenge, practical help and a sense of belonging. While some of us profess our faith as Christians, we welcome all seekers. Our community does not depend on professing identical beliefs, but on worshipping, sharing and working together.
The centre of the Quaker way is the silent Meeting for Worship, where we seek a communal gathered stillness, open to the spirit of the Divine. During our Meetings for Worship some are moved to speak, others uphold the meeting in silence.
Our faith experience leads us to place a special value on truth, equality, simplicity and peace. We call this living our testimonies, as we translate faith into action by working locally and globally for social justice, in support of peacemakers and care for the environment.
Quakers say there is something sacred in all people and all are equal before God.