The belief that there is that of God in everyone acts as the basis of Quaker faith and influences how we relate to other human beings, regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. This belief informs our views on far-reaching social and political issues and is the guiding principle that has led Quakers throughout history to be outspoken activists and soft-spoken pacifists.
The transformative power at the heart of Quaker faith is variously referred to as God, the Inner Light, the Spirit of Christ, the Light Within, the Divine Presence, or the Universe. The words may change, but the substance is the same.
Our spiritual experience is grounded in silent Meeting for Worship, a practice that enables us to hear that “still small voice within” and be guided by our Inner Light. Quaker ministry comes from the members and attenders of the Meeting themselves. Within the silence, anyone who is so moved, may rise to share a thought, reflection, or message, provided that message comes from a place deep within.
While Quakers have no formal creed or rituals, we do have queries and testimonies. Queries are questions that prompt collective and individual self-examination. Testimonies are the core values by which we seek to live and include, among others: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and sustainability.