…there is something of God in everyone.
Quakers believe that there is something of God in everyone and that each human being is of unique worth. This is why Quakers value all people equally, and oppose anything that may harm or threaten them.
Quakers seek religious truth in inner experience, and place great reliance on conscience as the basis of morality.
They emphasise direct experience of God rather than ritual or ceremony. They believe that priests and rituals are an unnecessary obstruction between the believer and God.
Quakers integrate religion and everyday life. They believe God can be found in the middle of everyday life and human relationships, as much as during a meeting for worship.
Values Quakers Live By … Through Their Words and Deeds
(Known as Testimonies among Friends)
Truth and integrity
Quakers try to live according to the deepest truth we know, and we connect most deeply to this in the stillness of worship.
This means speaking the truth at all times, including to people in positions of power. As we are guided by integrity, we expect the same in public life.
Simplicity and sustainability
Quakers try to live simply so that others can simply live.
We are aware that in using the world’s resources we have a responsibility to those who may be affected by our use of resources. This doesn’t mean that we shun modern lifestyle but we try to consider the impact our choices might have on ourselves, others, and on the Earth itself.
Quakers are called to consider the effect of their lives on the world’s limited resources. We have committed ourselves, as a worshiping community, to work towards building a low-carbon, sustainable society.
Quakers believe our faith is lived through action.
We work positively and creatively with others to build a more just and peaceful world.
Equality and justice
Quakers are committed to equality. No-one is higher or lower than anyone else.
We share responsibility for our work and worship and our life together without traditional structures or paid clergy.