About Quakers

What Are Quaker Beliefs and Values?

There is a great diversity within the Quakers on conceptions of God, and we use different kinds of language to describe religious experience. Not all our beliefs are so diverse. Some of our spiritual insights, which we call our testimonies, spring from deep experience. These testimonies are to truth, equality, simplicity and peace.

What Is a Meeting For Worship?

A Quaker meeting creates a space of gathered stillness. We come together where we can listen to the promptings of truth and love in our hearts, which we understand as rising from God. The silence may be broken by anyone who feels compelled to speak, pray or read. Such a contribution, if prompted by the spirit, enriches the gathered worship of the meeting.

How Are Meetings Organised?

Our meetings for worship have no paid clergy, so are run by members. There are various roles within the meeting such as clerk, assistant clerk, elders and overseers. The jobs vary hugely, from taking care of the premises to reading notices at the end of our Quaker meetings for worship. 

A Personal Perspective

“Cumulatively it gets better and better.  I have been coming to Meeting for 24 years and I do not know what I would do without it now,  it has become a crucial part of my life.”