Who we are

Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying for one another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.

Isaac Pennington, 1667

 Quakers have gathered in Quaker Meeting houses and in the homes of individuals since Quakerism emerged in the 17th century. Today you will find Quakers gathering to sit in silence and stillness, in cities and towns across Britain. You can find a list of Quaker meetings in our area here.

We are rooted in Christianity but open to new light. We have no fixed set of beliefs and value being part of the Quaker community in different ways - there is no one size fits all. What you will find if you visit a meeting or event is people who share a common set of values, or testimonies as they are more often called by Quakers.

These testimonies cover a huge range of everyday actions and personal beliefs. They are usually listed as truth, simplicity, peace, equality, and sustainability and encourage us to:

  • act with integrity and honesty
  • seek and face up to what we know to be deeply true
  • turn away from conflict towards just peace and reconciliation
  • tread lightly on the earth and care for its limited resources
  • try to treat each person with care and love

​Many faith and secular organisations provide opportunities to find stillness and nurture the spirit. Quakers base their actions on personal experience and gain strength from their shared history of social activism.

You can find out more about our spiritual practice here.