About Quakers

Quaker Roots

The north-west of England is the birthplace of the Religious Society of Friends.

In the 17th century a group of passionate figures arose, challenging the culture and beliefs of the time. They believed that everyone had a direct relationship with God and that priests and the traditional church structures should be swept away. They called themselves Friends of the Truth. The nickname 'Quakers', initially a derisive term was accepted by them and has stayed since.

George Fox gradually arose as a leader of the Friends. He was a powerful, original thinker and in 1652 he journeyed towards the north west, speaking to people as he went.

'As we went I spied a great hill called Pendle Hill, and I went on the top of it with much ado, it was so steep; but I was moved of the Lord to go atop of it and when I came atop of it I saw Lancashire sea; and there atop of the hill I was moved to sound the day of the Lord; and the Lord let me see atop of the hill in what places he had a great people to be gathered'. 

Quakers Today

Quakers today are part of a world family of Friends, in which there is a rich variety of experience. Some Friends make joyful use use of song and Bible study; for others silent waiting on God is the basis of worship, from which spoken ministry may come. Quaker meetings in the Pendle Hill Area meet together in silent worship, a shared activity, a seeking of connection, with their inner selves, with each other and with their deepest truth.

Many religious groups have have creeds. Quaker faith springs from a deeply held belief in living our lives according to our spiritual experience. For Quakers faith is about the whole of life.They seek, in their own lives and with others to build a fairer, more truthful and more peaceful world. In Quaker communities, people of different views and experiences find themselves accepted and valued.

Quaker Testimonies

  1. EQUALITY  Quaker recognise the equal worth and unique nature of every person This means working to change the systems that cause injustice and hinders true community. It also means working with people who are suffering from injustice such as prisoners and asylum seekers.
  2. PEACE  'Peace begins within ourselves. It is to be implemented within the family, in our own Meetings, in our work and leisure, in our own localities and internationally. The task will never be done. Peace is a process to engage in, not a goal to be reached. { Sydney D Bailey, 1993)
  3. TRUTH. Quakers try to live according to the deepest truth we know. This means speaking the truth to all, including people in positions of power. Integrity is the guiding principle we set for ourselves and expect in public life.
  4. SIMPLICITY Quaker are concerned about the excesses and unfairness of our consumer society, and the unsustainable use of natural resources.