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We believe our faith should translate into action. To help guide and challenge us to live this way, Quakers have a number of 'testimonies'.

These testimonies have changed over the years as we want them to reflect current society and its issues. Today their focus is on peace, equality, truth and simplicity.

Our testimonies encourage us to work locally and globally for social justice, support peacemakers and care for the environment. It's not always easy to live this way, but as Quakers we try to help, support and encourage each other to keep trying.

Peace

Quakers are perhaps best known for our peace testimony, which comes from our belief that love is at the centre of existence and all humans are equal in God's eyes. It has led Quakers to refuse military service and become involved in a variety of peace activities. These range from practical work in areas affected by violent conflict to developing alternatives to violence at all levels – from the personal to the international. Read more about Quakers and peace.

Equality

Quakers believe everyone is equal. This means working to change the systems that cause injustice and hinder true community. It also means working with people who suffer injustice, such as prisoners and asylum seekers. Our fundamental commitment to inclusion means we welcome the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.

Truth and integrity

Quakers try to live according to the deepest truth we know, which we believe comes from God. This means speaking the truth to all, including people in positions of power. As we are guided by integrity, so we expect to see it in public life. Find out what this means in more detail.

Simplicity and sustainability

Quakers are concerned about the excesses and unfairness of our consumer society and the unsustainable use of natural resources. We try to live simply and to find space for the things that really matter: the people around us, the natural world, our experience of God. Find out what this means in more detail.

Find out more

  • Read our Advices & queries booklet to learn more about Quaker beliefs and attitudes and given an insight into the Quaker approach to life.
  • Have more questions? Use our form to ask a Quaker a question.