Quakerism and The Religious
Society of Friends
A Short History of Our Faith
The Presence in the Midst by J. Doyle Penrose
Quakerism begins in England around 1650. A young man, in his twenties, named George Fox was disillusioned and frustrated during the English Civil War when Christians were killing one another in the name of their politics and their various religious sects…
William Penn made up a large party of Quakers to come to America that would found the Pennsylvania colony. On August 31, 1682, he set sail from Deal, England, in the good ship Welcome that arrived at New Castle on the Delaware on October 27, 1682. A settlement was made named Philadelphia which means “brotherly love…
Susan B. Anthony
Quakers have been known for many things over the centuries—resistance to war, absolute gender equality, peace efforts and they were prominent in the abolitionist movement. Many of the leaders of the efforts to gain women the right to vote and other freedoms were led by Quaker women, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony among them…
Testimonies Quakers Live By
Quaker experience of the Divine affects what we do in our personal lives, what we believe and how we work for changes in the wider world. “Testimonies” are what Quakers call the ways we have found to live and act based on our beliefs.
Focusing on what is truly important and letting other things fall away.
Seeking justice and healing for all people; taking away the causes for war in the way we live.
Acting on what we believe, speaking truthfully and having our actions match our words.
Supporting one another in our faith journeys and in times of joy and sorrow; sharing with and caring for each other.
Treating everyone, everywhere as equally precious, recognizing that everyone has gifts to share.
Care for the earth: valuing and respecting all of creation.
Using only our fair share of earth’s resources, working to protect the planet.