The Quaker Approach

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 their relationships with others 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 can 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 fins 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 – The focus is on our experience rather than written statements of belief and our collective experience is shared in Quaker Faith & Practice. This book is an anthology of Quaker experiences and insights from the founding of the Religious Society of Friends in the 17th Century to the present day. It is updated every generation, recognising that our understanding of truth moves on.

Quaker Communities – Quakers meet together for worship and 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 of professing identical beliefs, but from worshipping, sharing and working together.

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.