Quakers share a way of life rather than a set of beliefs. We seek to experience God
directly within ourselves and in our relationships with others and the world around
Meeting for Worship
The bedrock of the Quaker way is the silent Meeting for Worship. We seek a communal
gathered stillness, where we can be open to inspiration from God. During our Meetings
for Worship some may feel moved to speak. This is something anyone can do, as we
are all considered equal. Meetings can be held anywhere, at any time. We meet every
Sunday from 11.00am until 12 midday. You do not have to become a Quaker to attend
Quaker meetings which are open to all of us.
Quakers and Christianity
The Quaker way has its roots in Christianity and finds inspiration in the Bible and
the life and teachings of Jesus. Quakers also find meaning and value in the teachings
of other faiths and acknowledge that ours is not the only way.
Our Quaker community
We meet together for worship and other activities at our local meeting here in Sunderland.
These are inclusive and open to all. In our meetings we hope to find acceptance,
support, challenge, practical help and a sense of belonging. Our sense of community
does not depend on sharing identical beliefs but from worshipping, sharing and working
Sharing our experiences
Our focus is on our experience rather than written statements of belief and our collective
experience is shared in the book 'Quaker Faith and Practice'. This is an anthology
of Quaker insights from the founding of the Religious Society of Friends in the seventeenth
century to the present day. It is updated every generation, recognising that our
understanding of truth moves on.
We believe all people can have a direct relationship with God and that all are equal.
We share the responsibility for our Meeting for Worship and all decision making.
Working for a better world
We place a special value on truth, equality, simplicity and peace. These ‘testimonies’
as they are known, are lived rather than written. Read more in ' Faith in Action'.