Quakerism’s history is deeply rooted in Christianity. Many Quakers still consider themselves Christians but not all do. There are active Quakers who consider themselves universalists, and even some who consider themselves non-theists. From the earliest days of Quakerism in the mid 17th century to the present day, Friends have believed that a continuing revelation of spiritual truth is available to all people who earnestly seek it, and that within each person there is an in-dwelling Spirit* that may inform or guide us. Thus for many Friends, the Bible and other religious writings can provide valuable insight, but we trust our Inward Teacher to help us understand our faith and the scriptures and to help us distinguish between good and evil.
When we worship, we gather in silence to listen for the Spirit of God to speak through us. Occasionally some may share the fruits of their silent worship through brief vocal ministry. We do not have creeds or outward sacraments, nor do we have special rituals or occasions to connect us with God; God dwells within each of us.
Every day is sacred, no one day more than any other. We aim to live every day fully and lovingly, reaching out to connect with the spirit of God that resides in each person. This is the foundation of our social witness for pacifism, equality, simplicity, community and stewardship.
We believe strongly in the importance of being truthful. We do not swear oaths because that implies a double standard of truth-telling: one for when we are under oath and another for when we are not.
Our times of worship and community strengthen us to go out and provide service in the world. We all have our own gifts, and we need to discern what they are and how to use them for the betterment of others.
* Friends use many different words to name what is often called God. Some of the more commonly used names are Spirit, Christ, Divine Spark, Teacher, Beloved, Seed within, and Light.