Quakers

'Quakers' is the name often used for the Religious Society of Friends. There are more than 470 Quaker groups – known as meetings – in Britain, attended by more than 20,000 people. These meetings are open to all, whether or not you are a Quaker, and they provide a still space where people can connect deeply with each other and with their deepest reality, which some call God. Quakerism has its origins in Christianity, but Quakers also find inspiration and value in the teachings of other faiths, sharing a way of life rather than a fixed set of beliefs. Quakers try to live lives shaped by principles of truth, peace, simplicity, sustainability and equality. In 2009, Quakers in Britain made a commitment to seeking legal changes that would enable same-sex and opposite-sex marriages to be treated in exactly the same way. Quakers say that all are born equal and their love should be equal too.

For further information: Quakers in Britain can give you more information about Quakerism and put you in touch with your local Quaker meeting. Visit their website, email enquiries@quaker.org.uk or call 0808 109 1651 to find out more.

To find out more about Quakerism for the LGBT community read articles here.

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