About the Religious Society of Friends
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Meet together and know one another in that which is eternal, which was before the world was.
George Fox, 1657
Ministry amongst Friends means speaking from the heart, truly inspired by the divine found in all of us, and can be some simple truth or more complex illumination. It takes preparation, or 'centering down' to be inspired to minister. Some people never minister for many years, and some are more often moved to speak.
It can be very moving and uplifting to hear someone speak quietly and clearly to the gathered Meeting.
New to Quakers?
Quakerism is one of the simplest of religions.
As Quakers, we believe everyone has what we call ‘that of God’ within them; each of us has direct access to the divine. Deep experiences can take many forms, and people use different words to describe them; we need to respect everyone’s experience.
Quakers are also known as The Religious Society of Friends.
So Quakers meet together in silence with no set prayers; we have no need of creed or clergy. In the stillness, we may all feel a loving power drawing us together and leading us. One or more of those present may speak briefly if they feel moved to do so.
This way of worship is 350 years old, yet simple and contemporary. Everyone is welcome to experience it with us.
Our Quaker faith should lead to action. Throughout our personal lives, we face the challenge to live with greater love and integrity.
We have ‘testimonies’ to truth and simplicity and peace, encouraging the pursuit of social justice and peace.
Historically, Quakers have been involved in prison reform and the abolition of the slave trade. In 1947 the Quakers won the Nobel Peace Prize for relief work in post-war shattered Europe. Quaker initiatives also contributed towards the founding of Amnesty International and Oxfam.
In London currently, Quaker projects include work on social inclusion and with homeless people.
All kinds of people continue to be drawn to this blend of faith and action.
However, we would be very happy to see you one Sunday and will even offer you a tea or coffee after Meeting for Worship.
More information at: http://www.londonquakers.org.uk/
and at ttp://www.quaker.org.uk/home
"....walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one"
Purley Quakers are part of South London Area Quaker Meeting which comprises a group of Meetings and Meeting Houses. We are part of the wider Religious Society of Friends with Meetings and Meeting Houses all over the UK and indeed, all over the world.
If you want to know more about our beliefs and work- please follow the links below.