Quakerism arose as a form of Christianity in England in
the mid-1600's, when George Fox, a shoemaker and son of a weaver, made an essential
discovery - that God lives within and talks directly to people. It was
apparent to Fox that something of the Divine is implanted in each human
being. From this originated the Quaker phrase, "There is that of
God in every person." We also refer to this Spirit as the
"Inner Light" or "Light Within."
The Light Within is that which guides each of us in our everyday lives,
and which brings us together as a community of faith. It is most
importantly, our direct experience of the Divine. Basic Quaker
testimonies such as nonviolence, equality, simplicity, integrity, and
community have arisen from a deep sense of responsibility guided by the Light
To learn more about Quakerism, follow these links.
Quaker Information Center
Information about the
Religious Society of Friends: Quaker beliefs & practices, history,
organizations, literature, activities, and events; volunteer & service
opportunities; and some employment listings.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Presently based in Philadelphia, PYM traces its roots to the yearly meeting
of 1681 in Burlington, NJ.
PYM serves Quaker Meetings in eastern Pennsylvania,
southern New Jersey, northern Maryland, and Delaware.
Friend's General Conference
FGC provides resources and
opportunities that educate and invite members and attenders
to experience, individually and corporately, God's living presence, and to
discern and follow God's leadings. FGC reaches out to seekers and to other
religious bodies inside and outside the wider Religious Society of Friends.
This site is a collection
of links to sites about the Religious Society
of Friends and other Quaker-related information that may have nothing to do
American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service
Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths
who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service.