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The essence of the Quakers

We are a religious movement with Christian roots that began in England in the 1650s. We are also known as the Religious Society of Friends, because we feel led to build a peaceful and just society.

We believe that all of us are unique and precious children of God, that there is something of the divine in everyone of us. This is why we, Quakers (or Friends) value all people equally, and oppose anything that may harm or threaten the wider human family and our creators world.

We seek religious truth through inner experience, and place great reliance on listening deeply. We emphasise that we can all all have a direct experience of God rather than through ritual and ceremony. We are all priests (and have abolished the laity) and many rituals are an unnecessary obstruction between us as believers and our creator (the divine, God).

Our faith is an actively lived one, for this world of here and now, of today and tomorrow. Most of us believe God can be found in the middle of everyday life, within our human relationships, just as much as during our meeting for worship.

What do we Quakers believe?

Among key Quaker beliefs are:

  • God is love
  • the light of God is in every single persona person who lets their life be guided by this light will achieve a full relationship with our creator
  • everyone can have a direct, personal relationship with the divine without involving an (educated) priest or minister
  • the Kingdom of Heaven is to be experienced now, in this world
  • we do not accept value judgements based on race or gender

Quakers want to make this a better world

We Friends work actively to make this a better world. We are particularly concerned with:

  • human rights, based on our belief in equality of all human beings social justice
  • peace
  • freedom of conscience
  • environmental issues - we seek to honour creation by living simply and reduce our burden on the world
  • promoting tolerance with our communities,