Much could be said about the Testimonies that Friends strive to live by. Briefly, Friends’ Testimonies are a set of beliefs and practices that Quakers have tried to follow since our beginnings in the 1650’s. Our “Holy Experiment” was to preach the Truth, not only with words, but also with our lives.
Our Testimonies therefore, express in action, a belief and faith in the following concepts: equality, simplicity, peace and integrity. These primary testimonies have evolved into modern testimonies dealing with such things as: race relations, the environment, the death penalty, education, stewardship and most recently, equality of treatment based upon gender orientation.
At this time of conflict in the world, Friends often find strength and inspiration in our Peace Testimony. An early expression of this Testimony is from the 1660 “Declaration from the Harmless and Innocent people of God, called Quakers,” …We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world.
Our testimonies remain a source of inspiration, faith and hope for Friends around the world. George Fox, advised in 1656, while in Launceton Prison, that Friends should … be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one… This “walk” is what Quakers try to do through living out our Testimonies.
Please join us in our walk with the testimonies. Everyone is welcome, childcare and First Day school is available for children, and you do not need to leave your intellect at the door! If you have questions about our meeting, or our practices, please ask a member of the membership and outreach committee, or our Clerk who presides over the close of worship. We are glad that you are walking with us on our exciting journey.