The central basis of Quakerism is the belief that each person can make direct contact with the Divine. We believe that God exists in everyone, and that anyone can experience divine love and guidance. An outcome of this is our belief in the intrinsic equality of all people.
This led Quakers to reject the need for clergy to act as intermediaries between us and God. Sunday masses or services became unprogrammed “Meetings” held mostly in silence, with occasional spontaneous vocal ministry. Quakers meet together in silence believing that the Holy Spirit, however perceived, will lead us to worship. The shared experience of silent worship, seeking to practice Jesus’ message of love and compassion, unites us. We know ours is not the only path to God, but believe it is the right one for us. Because we believe fresh insights are always being revealed, Friends have never had a written creed or a printed prayer book. Quakerism is rooted in Christianity, but its nature is such that those of other faiths, or even from agnostic or atheist backgrounds, can find the Quaker approach a comfortable framework for exploring their own spirituality.
One of the things that characterizes Quakers is their commitment to striving to live in a way that is in harmony with their beliefs. First and foremost, it is the desire to participate in Friends' community, deep searching for divine guidance, and attempting to live faithfully in harmony with that guidance that make a person a Quaker.
|"The lack of a creed or clear description of Quaker beliefs has sometimes led to the misconception that Friends do not have beliefs or that one can believe anything and be a Friend. Most Quakers take the absence of a creed as an invitation and encouragement to exercise an extra measure of personal responsibility for the understanding and articulation of Quaker faith. Rather than rely on priests or professional theologians, each believer is encouraged to take seriously the personal disciplines associated with spiritual growth. Out of lives of reflection, prayer, faithfulness, and service flow the statements of belief, both in word and in deed".
--from Pacific Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice
More informationFor more in-depth information 'Christian Faith and Practice' from Britain Yearly Meeting can be explored here: http://qfp.quaker.org.uk/
Or read some of the pages of this website to look at our beliefs, values and other writing about the Religious Society of Friends.
The central offices of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland are at: Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16. Phone: +353-1-499-8003 and 499-8004 Fax: 499-8005 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org