Friends find their essential unity in
their profound and exhilarating belief in the pervasive presence of God
and in the continuing responsibility of each person and worshiping group
to seek the leading of the Spirit in all things. Obedience to the
leading of that Spirit rather than to any written statement of belief or
conduct is the obligation of their faith.
—New England Yearly Meeting, 1985
people mistakenly think of Friends as a quaint antiquarian religion that
probably died out long ago. They imagine that Friends' Meeting Houses
scattered about the countryside are probably museums with little or no
relevance to their modern lives. But, in fact, the Religious Society of
Friends is a dynamic religious group that’s flourishing today.
We believe in absolute sincerity, simplicity, and moderation. Since we have no creed, but have strong beliefs, we’re guided by the Queries found in Faith and Practice, the guiding text to our beliefs produced by our Yearly Meeting.. Essentially, we, as Friends, believe in the love of God, as well as the love of man.
What is a Quaker?
We believe that there is part of God in everyone. This belief leads most of us to:
We have no minister or priest, since we believe each individual can communicate directly with God.
We worship in silence together on Sunday mornings. If someone feels they have something helpful to share, they stand and speak to the congregation.
We do not have communion or baptism.
We keep searching for the Truth—we don’t believe we have the answers for everyone.
This then is the Quaker Way.
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