Orange County Friends Meeting
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Costa Mesa, California

Testimonies of the Society of Friends

For more than three hundred years, Friends have acted upon a set of shared convictions. While the specific details have varied over time, today's concerns and underlying beliefs are remarkably similar to those of past generations. The word "testimonies" refers to this set of deeply felt, historically rooted attitudes and ways of living in the world.

"The testimonies are not written documents to be signed on the dotted line. They arise from a shared understanding, each Quaker interpreting them according to individual conscience. Throughout Quaker history they have taken different forms, but these have always been characterized by a search for truth and integrity."

There is no single list of testimonies. The current edition of Faith and Practice for Pacific Yearly Meeting lists the six that follow.