Our testimonies grew out of Friends’ experience of the Light of God in private contemplation and in worship together. These testimonies form one of the most powerful expressions of our faith to the world. We do not hold a specific creed, nor is there a statement of faith to which we are asked to subscribe. Instead, we hold a central belief that there is that of God within each person, and that we are called to act in recognition of that Divine presence in ourselves and others. The conviction to honor ‘that of God in each one’ can lead to great diversity among Friends. We hold these testimonies in common:
Simplicity: that we seek to remove from our lives possessions and activities that would separate us from God and one another.
Peace: that we actively work to ‘remove all causes of war’ and the use of violence from this world, whether between individuals, tribes or nations.
Integrity/Truth: that all we do reflects the integrity of and unity with truth.
Community: that we sustain caring relationships with all.
Equality: that each person in creation shares equal value and standing.
The Religious Society of Friends continues to evolve just as individual Quakers persist in their efforts to more fully realize their faith in their practice.