Taking my seat again: four years being Churches Together in England's 'Empty Chair' President
7 September 2023 by Hannah Brock Womack
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. Read about seven Quaker experiences of God.
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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. Learn more about how we are organised.
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 how we worship here, but the only way to understand it fully is to go to a meeting. Find a meeting near you.