Quakerism in a Nutshell
Quakers (also known as Friends) often speak of “that of God in everyone” to sum up the idea that each of us is connected to the Divine Spirit and can feel its guidance in our lives directly, without the need of a priest or minister. Quakers have also long held that faith should be expressed in the way we live, not just our words. These two convictions have led Quakers to what are called Testimonies: Peace, Equality, Simplicity, Integrity, Community, and Stewardship. As a result, Quakers have played important roles in many social justice movements, from abolition and women’s suffrage to the civil rights and environmental movements. A brief history and explanation of the testimonies can be found on the Earlham School of Religion website.