About Quakers

What is Quakerism?

Put Simply, Quakerism is a way of life rather than a set of beliefs. Quakers seek to experience God directly, within themselves and in their relationships with others and the world.

Quakers believe that there is that of God in everyone - everyone is entitled to equality and respect. Accordingly, Quaker meetings for business or worship, are conducted without a leader. Decisions are taken in as a group consensus, and everyone a chance to be heard. Central to Quakerism is the commitment to faith in action.

Quakers strive for equality, peace, and justice, as acts of faith. These values began at our founding and continue today. Quakers refused to take oaths in court and elsewhere in the 17th-century, have campaigned for better conditions for women prisoners, were a leading force behind the abolitionist movement, and were the first religious organisation in Britain to officially recognise same-sex marriage. Today, Quakers continue their work towards peace and social justice.

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Quaker Faith & Practice (QFP) is a collection of guidance, largely extracts from the writings of Friends, that seeks to express the breadth of Quaker theology. It encompasses both practical and abstract advice, and is framed to ask questions of the reader so they can choose for themselves how best to act.

Find the latest copy of Quaker Faith and Practice here.

History of the Quakers

Quakerism was founded in the late 17th century, in the wake of the English civil war, by George Fox. Quakers believed that each individual can experience Inner Light without needing a priest or Bible, and believed faith to be best practiced in everyday life.

A detailed look into Quaker history can be found on the Quakers in Britain page.

Learn more about the history of the Brentford and Isleworth meeting house and members, on the Our History webpage.

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Newcomers, attenders, and members alike can learn more about our Meetings here.

For details about Quaker Meetings in West London visit londonwestquakers.org.uk.

Visit londonquakers.org.uk for information about Quaker events in London.

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