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Why Am I A Quaker?
A collection of
individuals' thoughts from Friends at Bolton meeting
There is something sacred in all people.
All people are equal before God. Religion is about the whole of life.
In stillness we find a deeper sense of God's presence. True religion
leads to respect for the earth and all life upon it. Each person is
unique, precious, a child of God.
In the silence of the Meeting For Worship I experience a shared search
for love and truth with others, and I am also learning to listen to the
silence and to wait. I am in sympathy with Quakers in their belief in
the fundamental worth and value of everyone which underlies the Quaker
testimonies to peace, social justice and love. Within the silence of
Meeting For Worship, I know that whatever my doubts and uncertainties
might be, I am accepted and therefore I feel the freedom just to be.
came to Quakers after undergoing a period non-belief in the existence
of God. To find Quakers was like a breath of fresh air. It was a relief
to feel free from creed or dogma. To accept that there was that of God
(good) in everyone, and to share the silent worship with like-minded
Friends, waiting on the spirit to move us is inspiring. To hear
someone's ministry brings us all closer to one another and The Holy
Spirit. It seems to me that Quakerism is a return to basics.
Meeting for Worship in the town square
Meeting For Worship can feel like being strengthened and grounded. The
silence at times draws me into an openness in which new truths can be
received. It is a call to a different way of being, a way in which the
testimonies may be lived out and that of God recognised in all.
Glossary of Terms
I came to Quaker meeting very recently because of what it isn't as much
as what it is. No clergy. No male dominance. No Creed or Dogma. No
Statues or other clutter in the place where we worship. I like the fact
that Quakers do not spend their time trying to prove the existence of
God through writings, but try to live their daily lives by actively
following the teachings of Jesus. I don't take kindly to being told
what to think so this practical example and the silent form of worship,
where I am allowed to think and reflect on things in my own way, is
good for me.
I have attended Quaker meetings since I was a young
child. As a young adult, I discovered Quakers again for
myself. For me the worship, community and action in the world
inseparable from each other, all inspired by the legacy left to us by
earlier Friends. Sometimes Meeting for worship can feel very
still in a restful way. At other times, I experience the
stillness as full of energy and sometimes very challenging.
local Quaker meeting is important, but so too is my sense of connection
to the wider community of Quakers in the country and the
Why am I a Quaker? I don't think I could be anything else now.
I came to Quakers by a circuitous route. What appealed particularly to
me is their belief that there is something of God in everyone. (Though
it may be difficult to discern in some people). They have no set
prayers or creed, but try to live out their lives in accordance with
their testimonies to integrity and simplicity, non-violence peace and
social justice. This too I find attractive and I find harmony with
these testimonies in the Quaker practice of meeting in silence. The
meeting may not be wholly silent. Anyone can speak if they feel called
by the spirit to do so and I feel I have come home in a Quaker meeting.
I come to the Meeting House to join in silent worship largely because
of the respect offered by Friends to everyone’s individual spiritual
enquiry and the warmness of Friends’ general support. For me, the
writings of early Quakers, though difficult to deconstruct, offer both
spiritual and historical inspiration. Meeting For Worship allows us to
have quality reflection time in shared silence on our Quaker beliefs.
Meeting For Worship is a wonderful bridge between the spiritual world
and our everyday living expressed in our testimonies when Friends hold
each other 'In The Light'.
seem to be few
opportunities today to sit quietly uninterrupted by the outside noise
and bustle. Meeting For Worship, the hour of silence, which Quakers
hold at the centre of their faith, without creed or set prayers, gives
a chance to share with others a precious time for contemplation for
listening and for seeking guidance. We try to live by our testimonies
of truth, equality, simplicity, integrity and social justice and
attempt to see that of God in everyone.
Ideals to which Quakers aspire and by which they try to live their
lives. e.g. non- violence, simplicity
Concentrating on the things that matter most, having discarded the
Silent Worship -
the emphasis in Silent Worship is on sharing, being open, receptive. It
may be that someone feels inspired to speak some words or give a short
reading, which is then absorbed into continuing silence.
To Quakers, ministry is the term used to describe a Friends
contribution, usually spoken, into the silence of the Meeting For
Worship. It is a deeply experienced thought or feeling that comes
through us and cannot be suppressed but has to be communicated to all.
In a gathered meeting an individual Ministry may reflect something to
To Hold In The
- Quakers share a deep sense of spirituality together and link this to
supporting individuals who are all regarded as equal in the sight of