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Who Are the Quakers?

Although Quakers (also known as Friends) espouse a wide variety of religious beliefs, or lack thereof, most strive to incorporate into their daily lives the following values, or testimonies:

Simplicity: Focusing on what is truly important and letting other things fall away

Peace: Seeking justice and healing for all people; taking away the causes of war in the ways we live

Integrity: Living as persons who act on what we believe, tell the truth, and do what we say we will do

Community: Supporting one another in our faith journeys and in times of joy and sorrow; sharing with and caring for each other

Equality: Treating everyone, everywhere, equally; recognizing that everyone has gifts to share

Stewardship: Valuing and respecting all creation; using only our fair share of the earth’s resources; working for policies that protect the planet

These values influence what we do in our personal lives, what we believe, and changes we work for in the world.

If you are curious to know more about Quakerism and Friends Meeting of Washington, please visit our main website, where you will find more information about our history, how we worship, and how we are organized.

“In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.”
~ The Quaker William Penn (1644-1718) on marriage