Quaker 101: lessons for seekers
We hope the following lessons give newcomers a better understanding of our fundamental religious beliefs. Many of the lessons include pointers to more complete discussions in other parts of this website, and in other websites.
Programmed and unprogrammed meetings, and other differences
- Religious language
Quakers try "to distinguish the language of the pure Sprit which inwardly move upon the heart"
- The Light Within
"The Light Within ... is an experience."
the movement is rooted in Christianity
- The Bible
"The same Holy Spirit that had inspired the scriptures in the past could inspire living believers centuries later.".
"Most Quakers take the absence of a creed as an invitation ... to exercise an extra measure of personal responsibility.".
"Friends recognize that special moments of particular insight and spiritual awareness do occur, but they do not require prescribed rites or external sacraments.".
- Social concerns
"We cherish the belief that there is that of God in each person, leading u s to respect the worth and dignity of all.".
- Meeting for worship
"The Meeting for Worship is at the core of Quaker practice.".
- Meeting for business
"a Meeting for Worship in which business is conducted by seeking God's will in the decisions that are to be made.
"The Monthly Meeting is the basic unit of organization.".
- Quaker Acronyms
"What do all these letters mean?".