The Quakers: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
What Do Quakers Believe?
The Quaker faith springs from the belief that each person can have their own direct relationship with God, seeking to experience this relationship through themselves, their relationships with others, and the world around them. For many Quakers itís not just about what you believe but how you choose to live your life.
Quakers try to bear witness or testify to their beliefs in their every day life - an expression of 'spirituality in action'. These ways in which they testify are often known as Quaker testimonies or Friends' testimonies. They are not a formal, static set of words, but rather a shared view or attitude of how many Quakers relate to God and the world. This leads to each Quaker having a different understanding of what the testimonies are, and while the ideologies remain quite similar for all Quakers, they go by different names, and have different values throughout the Religious Society of Friends. The testimonies have not always been consistent, but throughout their history they have challenged Friends and provided them guidance.
Common modern testimonies are based on simplicity, truth, equality and peace.
Visit the official Quaker website (link below) to find out more.