Our Beliefs and Testimonies

Quakers believe that there is “that of God” in every person and anyone seeking guidance and grace can do so by reverently waiting in silence to be moved by the divine essence in us all. Therefore, all lives are sacred – the basis of our opposition to wars and our commitment to non-violence. Anyone, no matter how humble, can be moved by the Spirit to share a measure of truth, making us equals in the pursuit of creating a more equitable and peaceful world.

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, 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.

To learn more about Quaker beliefs and practices, please visit the FGC FAQ about Quakers.

Part of this brief description was originally found on the Friends General Conference website.

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