Who Are the Quakers? (02:34)
Founded in the 1600s by George Fox, Quakerism was originally called "Children of the Light" then "The Society of Friends." Quakers came to be called such because of a trembling many experienced when talking to God.
Quaker Worship Service (03:21)
When Quakers worship, they are "in meeting," where they wait for the spirit to speak to them and to illuminate their lives and thoughts. Quakers have no creed, dogma, or liturgy in their services.
Beliefs of Quaker Religion (02:18)
In the 1650s, Quaker founder George Fox believed that individuals could have direct access to the Divine Spirit that exists in the world. Quakers, then as now, constantly seek the truth through continual revelations of God's word.
William Penn and Quakerism (01:41)
As George Fox preached the message of Quakerism throughout Northern England, William Penn heard and believed the message. Penn came to Pennsylvania as a "Holy Experiment" where Quakers could be free from persecution.
Different Denominations of Quakerism (01:10)
On the East Coast, one group of Quakers practice an "unprogrammed" form of Quakerism. Two other branches of Quakerism include Friends United Meeting and Evangelical Friends are pastoral in nature, and thus "programmed" in form.
Inner Light of Divine Inspiration (02:53)
Quakers do not focus on sin, though it has its roots in Christianity. The focus is on the courage, wisdom, and spiritual-centeredness of Jesus of Nazareth. A Quaker explains what "that of God" means. The light of God is the inner light of all people.
Quaker View of Sacrament, Baptism and Holy Communion (02:20)
For Quakers, all of life is a sacrament, all of life is holy. Every day, Quakers seek to live a life out of this consciousness. As a "community of seekers," Quakers do not participate in rituals or outward confirmations of religious conviction.
Quaker Meeting House and Worship Service (03:08)
A Quaker explains some of the traditions and practices of unprogrammed Quaker meetings. Essential to the service is that members sit in silence unless someone is moved to speak or sing.
Quaker Simplicity and Integrity (02:05)
Quakers focus on key ideas that guide their Quaker lives, such as simplicity, peace, equality, and integrity. Quakers are not like Amish, though many people assume that.
Quakers Witness to Peace (01:49)
On the simplest level, "testimony" means "bearing witness," and the history of witnessing to peace can be found in public statements and personal reflections, such as a refusal to bear arms. Many Quakers are pacifists.
Testimony of Equality (01:24)
Quakerism is a non-hierarchical religion in which one person is of equal importance to all others. Throughout history, Quakers have been involved in civil rights movements and women's rights movements.
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