From 'The Quaker Way' by Richard Allen

Quakerism is a way of life, rather than a
a dogrna or creed. It rests on a conviction
that by looking into their inmost hearts
people can have direct cornmunion with
their Creator. This experience cannot
ultimately be described in words, but
Quakers base their whole lives on it.

The Quaker movement arose in the mid-
seventeenth century. Its followers called
themselves 'Friends of Truth', or simply
'Friends'. 'Quaker' was an abusive
nickname used by others, but Friends have
since adopted the term themselves, and
today 'Friend' and 'Quaker' rnean the same
and are used interchangeably. The formal
title is 'The Religious Society of Friends

Friends' basic attitudes show themselves
in certain ideas and practices, personal and
collective, of which the most important are:

It should not be imagined, however, that Quakers
are impossibly 'good' people. like others they have
their faults and fall short of their own aims. Nor do
they claim that their path is the only true one; they
have simply found it right for them.

While Friends are glad to tell others what
Quakerism means to them, they do not pressurize
anyone to join them, but leave people free to decide
whether the Quaker way really is for them.

Everyone is welcome to attend a Quaker Meeting
for Worship, and Friends are delighted when people
want to find out more about them. This may take
some time. The best approach is to attend a Meeting
for Worship on several occasions, and also Meetings
in different places, and to do some reading. leaflets
on Friends' silent worship and other aspects of the
Quaker way can usually be obtained free from any
meeting house.


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