Quakers are a faith group committed to working for equality and peace. We try to live in truth, peace, simplicity and equality, finding God in ourselves and for those around us. Our meetings offer a welcoming opportunity for spiritual exploration. The best place to explore our faith, our values, our organisation, our concerns and our activities is by exploring our national website devoted to enquirers and first time visitors. It is a good read and the videos are easy to watch and capture ordinary Quakers sharing their own personal journey and their understandings. Links are provided below to open new windows in your browser.
Quaker faith is a search for truth, not an arrival.
We don't offer neat creeds or doctrine. Instead, we try to help each other work out how we should live. All people are welcome and accepted at a Quaker meeting.
Quakerism is almost 400 years old. It's the common name for the Religious Society of Friends. It grew out of Christianity and today we also find meaning and value in other faiths and traditions. We recognise that there's something transcendent and precious in every person. Different Quakers use different words to describe this, but we all believe we can be in contact with it and encounter something beyond our individual selves.
Quakers and God
Our understanding of God is shaped by personal experience; different people use words that they find helpful and meaningful. On this page a group of seven Quakers share what God means to them.
I worship as part of a community
I don't have any great faith or belief in God
Other people's ideas got in the way
Quaker openness allowed me to make my own spiritual journey
When I was younger, I used to worry a lot about God
I discovered the circle of silence in a Quaker meeting
God is strength, comfort and within all living being
How we act as Quakers goes together with what we believe.
We don't have a fixed creed because we have found that the search for truth can lead us to new expressions of values as well as confirming existing ones. We call these values 'testimonies'. Today we focus on equality, peace, truth, justice and simplicity, and how they relate to one another.
Our testimonies encourage us to work for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. It's not always easy to live this way, but as Quakers we try to encourage each other to keep trying.
Equality and justice
Truth and integrity
Simplicity and sustainability
Our Concerns and Work
Quakers have long supported peace building and peace builders internationally. In East Africa we support peace builders to change the core conditions that lead to violent conflict. We implement the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
We support Quakers to live out their deep commitment to peace. This includes promoting peace education, challenging militarism, campaigning against war and for disarmament, and supporting the peace movement in Britain
Social action training and tools
Quaker faith is an active one. We offer a diverse range of workshops, courses and resources for Quakers and others working for nonviolent social change.
We work on specific aspects of social justice in Britain. Our longstanding work for a more compassionate criminal justice system continues. Housing and housing conditions is another long-standing Quaker concern. We are also developing work around forced migration.
For us the quality of the relationship is the crucial factor, and we celebrate with equal joy the marriages of same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
Quakers want an economic system that has equality, justice and environmental sustainability at its heart.
Grant-making is an important area of turning our faith into action. Through grants we support groups and individuals in work and development around our values.
The process of living out our faith is often called Quaker Witness – you can find out more about Quaker work by listening to the podcast Q: Witness.
How we are organised
Quakers don't use traditional religious structures or paid ministers. We share responsibility for what we do because everyone has a valuable contribution to make. Quaker meetings for worship can be held anywhere, at any time. Every meeting begins in silence. We use it to open ourselves to the wisdom that comes out of stillness. It enriches us and shapes us, individually and collectively. This is what we mean by 'worship'. You can read more about it here, but the only way to understand it fully is to go to a meeting.
Learn more about how we are organised.
- About Quakers
- Quaker Meetings
- Quakers in Saffron Walden
- What's on and 2018 fixed events
- Our Newsletter
- Saffron Walden Young People's Meeting
- Quaker Quests
- Booking Rooms at Saffron Walden
- Bardfield Meeting
- Dunmow Meeting
- Stansted Meeting
- Contact Details
- Contact by Email