Ditchling Quaker Meeting

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Quaker Belief & Practice

Quakers believe in "That of God in every person" (however we define God and Quakers can and do define him, her or it very differently!)
"That of God in every person" There is that of God in every person but the reality is that there is also the potenital for evil and it is 'that of God' 'aka' the 'Inner Light' that enables us to make those choices.

Silent worship not a passive silence but an active waiting upon the Spirit

Personal Experience of the Divine No priests "It is not so much that Quakers have abolished the priesthood but that, in believing in the "priesthood of all believers", Quakers have abolished the laity." All Quakers have and share the responsibility of maintaining the life of the Meeting in the way that a priest would.

Spiritual Values must be tested against experience even or especially those found in the Bible

Internal Spiritual Values should be matched by a visible transformation of the outward life

No bread & wine Some Quakers say that Meeting for Worship is a time of communion with God. Others say that the whole of life is a sacrament. Quakers make no distinction between the sacred and the secular, stressing the importance of serving God in everyday life. To a Quaker, no time, place, action or person is more - or less - sacred than any other.



Quaker Faith & Practice A book that collects together writings about the history and practice of Quakers. (It used to be called Christian Faith & Practice until it was recognised that many Quakers did not regard themselves as being Christian or Christ centred).At the heart of Quaker Faith & Practice are the Advices & Queries, which are thought provoking but gentle reminders of the things in life to think about.

They are not rules but guidance and nothing describes their character better than the Elders of Balby who sent this note with them in 1656:

"Dearly beloved Friends, these things we do not lay upon you as a rule or form to walk by; but that, with a measure of the light, which is pure and holy, all may be guided: and so in the light walking and abiding, these things may be fulfilled in the Spirit, not in the letter, for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life."



Quaker Sayings:

"Walking cheerfully over the world answering that of God in every person."

"Let your life speak."

"Speaking Truth to Power."

"The bible sayeth this, the disciples sayeth that but...What canst thou say?"



"Wear it as long as thou canst"

George Fox's response to William Penn when he asked whether he should continue to wear a sword.



 

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