The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 17th century. Members of the Society are known as Quakers or Friends.
Quakers do not share a fixed set of beliefs. Our unity is based on shared understanding and a shared practice of worship, not on our beliefs all being the same. There is no need to be in unity with Quakers on every issue in order to be part of our meetings.
Many different kinds of people go to Quaker Meetings, including children, families and students, many of whom are not actually Quakers. There are people from all faiths and none, who attend occasionally or regularly, but there is no pressure to attend every week. Quaker Meetings are welcoming places and our doors are open to anyone who wishes to join us in worship. The Quaker community is caring of its members and offers support and guidance from one Friend to another.
There is a great diversity within the Quakers on conceptions of God and we use different kinds of language to describe religious experience. Some Quakers have a conception of God which is similar to that of orthodox Christians and would use similar language. Others are happy to use God-centred language but would conceive of God in very different terms to the traditional Christian trinity. Some describe themselves as agnostics, humanists or non-theists and describe their experiences in ways that avoid the use of the word God entirely.
Quaker faith is built on experience and Quakers would generally hold that it is the spiritual experience which is central to Quaker worship and not the use of a particular form of words (whether that be “God” or anything else).
If you want to find out more, please follow the links below or come along on a Sunday morning at 10.30am to Nottingham Friends’ Meeting House, Clarendon Street, Nottingham.
Nottingham Meeting House
25 Clarendon Street