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[back to top]It sounds like Quakers can believe anything they like―is that so? Many other Quakers draw spiritual sustenance from various religious traditions, such as Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and the nature religions. Individual Quakers hold a variety of beliefs about what follows our lives on earth. The Bible is a book close to the hearts of many Friends.

We are called to attend to this relationship and to be guided by it. Some of them include: God, the Light Within, Christ, Spirit, Seed, and Inward Teacher. The Quaker way has deep Christian roots that form our understanding of God, our faith, and our practices.

Broadly speaking, we affirm that "there is that of God in everyone." Everyone is known by God and can know God in a direct relationship.

During silent worship, anyone—adult or child—may feel inspired to give vocal ministry (speak out of the silence).

It sounds like Quakers can believe anything they like—is that so? Worshiping together in silence is a way for a community to be brought together in love and faithfulness.

What happens in Quaker worship—is it really silent? In this living silence, we listen for the still, small voice that comes from God through the Inward Light.

Quaker worship is based on silent waiting, where we expect to come into the presence of God. We believe that every person is loved and guided by God.After the person speaks the message, the silence resumes. Many Quakers today draw spiritual nourishment from our Christian roots and strive to follow the example of Jesus. Many Quakers consider themselves Christian, and some do not.Such messages may be offered several times during a meeting for worship, or the whole period of worship may be silent.