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Quaker Beliefs

What is the Quaker faith? It is not a tidy package of words which you can capture at any given time and then repeat weekly at a worship service. It is an experience of discovery which starts the discoverer on a journey which is life-long. The discovery in itself is not uniquely a property of Quakerism. It is as old as Christianity, and considerably older if you share the belief that many have known Christ who have not known His name. What is unique to the Religious Society of Friends is its insistence that the discovery must be made by each man for himself.

No one is allowed to get it second-hand by accepting a ready-made creed. Furthermore, the discovery points a path and demands a journey, and gives you the power to make the journey.

Elise Boulding, 1954
Faith and Practice


Quaker Ideals

The Religious Society of Friends does not define itself by formal creedal statements. Instead, Quakers prefer to set down our religious experience in the form of testimonies, general statements about practices and beliefs on which most Friends can unite. These testimonies represent our ideals.

Equality | Social Justice | Criminal Justice | Peace | Stewardship | Integrity and Simplicity

 EQUALITY

 SOCIAL JUSTICE

 CRIMINAL JUSTICE

 PEACE

 STEWARDSHIP

 INTEGRITY AND SIMPLICITY

Friends seek to follow these testimonies but acknowledge that our practices are sometimes flawed. However, these testimonies remind us to be true to that of God within ourselves and to be mindful of carrying out these ideals in our lives.

This compilation by Mike Ciul is based on the 1997 document, Faith and Practice, of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. For more information, visit www.pym.org

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