Testimonies

Quakers do not adhere to a creed or a particular theology. Much of Quakerism centers on queries, or questions, that lead to deep reflection on spirituality and how we interact with our fellow human beings and all of God's creation.

The bedrock values of Quakers are summarized in a handful of testimonies. The testimonies are not imposed values, nor do they exist in a rigid form. As the world and human society has evolved in the more than 400 years since the time of George Fox, so have the testimonies evolved with the times. The testimonies include:

Direct and immediate Access to God/Truth – The experience of Friends, confirmed both in scripture and the experience of others throughout time, is that we are in relationship with a spirit and power greater than ourselves. Most Friends describe God’s nature as consistent with the revelation of Jesus Christ. Some Friends are more comfortable saying what God is not, rather than saying what God is.

However God is described or experienced, Friends are clear that we have direct and immediate access to that power. This means there is no need for an ordained priest; no need for a book; no incantations, rites or rituals to summon the Deity. – Guilford College, "Quaker Testimony"

Peace - opposition to war, violence and coercion of any kind

Equality - commitment to understanding, and working toward, social justice

Integrity - truth and honesty in all dealings

Simplicity - avoidance of excess and discernment of that which is essential

Community/Stewardship/Service - care of the earth and its people •

• Adapted from Red Cedar Friends Meeting, Lansing, Michigan