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George Fox

19th century engraving of George Fox (1624-91), based on a painting. Fox is regarded as the principal founder of the Society of Friends, whose members later became known as Quakers

Quakers believe that there is something of ‘God’ – however individuals may understand that word – in everybody and that each human being is of unique worth. This is why Quakers value all people equally, and oppose anything that may harm or threaten them.

Quakers seek ‘spiritual’ Truth in inner experience, and place great reliance on conscience as the basis of morality.

They emphasise direct experience of this Truth rather than ritual and ceremony. Quakers try to integrate spirituality and everyday life. They believe that ‘God’ can be found in the middle of everyday life and human relationships, as much as during a meeting for worship.

Quakers work actively to make this a more harmonious, just and peaceful world.

The name ‘Friends’ comes from Jesus’ remark “You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:14).

A Quaker banner

A colourful Quaker banner, West Philly Worship Group, USA {firstshift.wordpress.com/}

 

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