About Quakers

Since the mid-1600’s, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) have practicea religion based on the teachings of George Fox.  Quakers are also called Friends. Here are some basic beliefs which Quakers share and an example of “Testimonies” which are ways to live and act based on our general beliefs.

The following description of Quakers best describes the branch of Quakers that practices “silent” or “waiting” worship and is associated with Friends General Conference,1216 Arch St, #2B, Philadelphia, PA 19107

 Some other Quaker branches more closely resemble other Protestant denominations.

Quakers believe . . .

·       Every person is known by God and can know God in a direct relationship.
 ·       The Quaker faith has deep Christian roots. Many Quakers consider themselves Christians, and some do not. Many Quakers find meaning and value in the teachings of many faiths.
 ·       Quakers strive to live lives that are guided by a direct encounter with the Divine, more than by teachings about the Divine.  Quaker terms for the Holy include God, Spirit, the Seed, the Light Within, and the Inward Teacher, among others.
 ·       Testimonies are ways that Quakers have found to express our experience of the Divine in our lives.  Some of the best recognized testimonies include simplicity, integrity, equality, community, and peace.

Quaker worship . . .

Quakers gather in the silence and wait expectantly to come into the presence of the Divine and to be guided by the still, small voice by which God or Spirit speaks to us from within. During the silence anyone—child, woman, or man—may feel moved to offer a simple spoken message (vocal ministry) that is inspired by this holy encounter.  Following the message, the silence resumes.  A period of worship may include several messages or none.

Quakers include . . .

There are Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races and ethnicities, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and classes.  You can find Quakers on all of the world’s continents. Approximately one-third live in the United States and Canada.

This resource originally appeared on the Friends General Conference website.