About Quakers

The essence of Quakerism

The essence of Quakerism is a belief in a living Spirit within each of us, the ‘seed’ the ‘Light within’. We experience it directly and trust it as our inner teacher that guides us. We believe that Inner Light is equally within each of us and we can pay attention to it most readily through shared silent worship. So we come together to worship and to find inspiration together. We seek to learn where that Spirit is leading us. Our ministry is our expression of our experience in that worship, and it may take many forms. It may be to care for members of our community, to uphold our worship or lead us to seek radical change in the world that we live in. We seek to live our ministry, to “let our lives speak”.

Living Eldership, Jenny Routledge, 2014

What it means to be a Quaker today

We are a faith without creed: that is, there is no requirement to accept specific beliefs in becoming a Quaker. And yet there are those things that do bind and unite us, both in belief (that we all have access to the Inward Teacher, for example) and in the practice of our faith (the meeting for worship and our business method, to name but two). Within our religious community we recognise a wide range of seekers representing a considerable diversity of religious backgrounds and spiritual beliefs. Our willingness to embrace that diversity is part of what creates a strong spiritual community. Yet it also presents us with the challenge of discerning what it means to be a Quaker today.

Being Quaker Doing Quaker, Quaker Life, May 2012

Quaker Worship

When worshipping we’re all connecting to the divine essence, or God, or Spirit or – we use many different terms but we’re all connecting to the same thing within that silence.

Testimonies

Quakers believe there is God in everyone; We think of this as a light shining inside us; The light shows us things that are important; We call these Testimonies. — Let’s explore the Quaker way, Quaker life, 2017

1.01 As Friends we commit ourselves to a way of worship which allows God to teach and transform us. We have found corporately that the Spirit, if rightly followed, will lead us into truth, unity and love: all our testimonies grow from this leading. — Quaker Faith & Practice

Further information

For more information about Quakers in Britain, visit www.quaker.org.uk.

For a list of other Quaker meetings in the area, visit quakermeeting.org/surrey-hampshire-border. To search for meetings elsewhere in Britain, visit quakermeeting.org.