Last updated: Sunday, June 01, 2014
Quakerism is based on the knowledge that God is present in us and by quieting our minds and listening deeply; we can directly experience God’s presence. It is the shared practice of worship, not a fixed set of beliefs that identify us as Quakers. There is great diversity of beliefs within Quakerism. Some Quakers have a conception of God that is similar to that of Christians, others conceive of God in a very different way.
From the knowledge of this presence in us, stems the unwavering understanding that a person’s life testifies to their spiritual beliefs it can be no other way. These spiritual insights, which we call our Quaker values or testimonies, spring from living in harmony with our beliefs. As Quakers, we strive to live our daily lives in accord with the values of truth, equality, simplicity, stewardship, and peace. It is not always easy, and we do not always get it right, but we do as best we can.
If you want to learn more about these values or testimonies, follow the link to Faith and Values below.