The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
What is a Quaker?
'Quakers' is the name often used for the Religious Society of Friends.
Quakers began in the 17th century, after the end of the English Civil War. It was a time of unrest and change in England. Quakers were one of several groups who challenged many of the beliefs and ideas of the time. For more information and a time line go the the 'Quakers in Britain' website.
What do Quakers believe?
Although we have our roots in Christianity, we find meaning and value in the teachings and insights of other faiths and traditions. Quakers believe there is something of God in everyone. Find out more about what Quakers believe and how Quakers worship.
- Quakers believe our faith is lived through action. We work positively and creatively with others to build a more just and peaceful world.
- Quakers are committed to equality. We share responsibility for our work and worship and our life together without traditional structures or paid clergy.
What are Quaker values?
We believe our faith should translate into action. To help guide and challenge us to live this way, Quakers have a number of 'testimonies'.These testimonies have changed over the years as we want them to reflect current society and its issues. Today their focus is on peace, equality, truth and simplicity. For more information on our values go the the 'Quakers in Britain' website.
If you want to know more then you can order a free information pack from 'Quakers in Britain'