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The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) holds as the basis of its faith the belief that God endows every person with a measure of the same Divine Spirit.  The gift of Godís presence and the light of Godís truth have been available to all people in all ages.  Friends find this manifestation of God exemplified in Jesus of Nazareth.  The Divine Spirit became so wholly Jesusí own that his teaching, example, and sacrificial life reveal the will of God to humanity.

 

Quakerism is both a shared faith and a way of life, based on shared experience and practice, rather than liturgy or forms of worship. We experience divine presence, power, and guidance in our worship and our daily lives. This, in turn, motivates and empowers our efforts to promote peace, justice, and equality.1

 

Quakers can be found in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia,† and New Zealand, Micronesia, and even the Middle East. Today, there are more than 360,000 Quakers worldwide. Africa has the highest concentration of Quakers with Kenya having the most Quakers of any individual country.

 

The About Quakers Page has articles on the Quaker Faith, Diversity, Forms of Worship, the Testimonies, Theology, and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

The Quaker History Page contains a short history of the Religious Society of Friends from its beginnings to the present day.

 

Should you desire further information about Quakers or Quakerism, you may contact or visit a Quaker Meeting in your area. The Community Pages have the full list of Meetings within Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting and the Meeting Map Page has† a link to the Quaker Finder website. Also, there are a number of resources available on our Useful Links Page, including Quaker bookstores, the Quaker Information Center, and several online documentaries on Quakers.

 

1. Three of the six Quaker Testimonies, which are outlined on the Testimonies Tab of the About Quakers Page.

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