About Quakers

Shrewsbury Quaker Meeting

Meeting for Worship is normally 10.30am each Sunday in the main Meeting Room.

During the Covid 19 pandemic, we are holding Zoom meetings each week at this time and also at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings.

For further information about Zoom meetings please email: shrewsbury.clerk@btinternet.com or use the messaging system on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

 

Quakers don’t offer neat creeds or doctrine.  Instead, we try to help each other work out how we should live. All people are welcome and accepted at a Quaker meeting.

Quakers are also known as the Religious Society of Friends.  With roots in Christianity, today we also find meaning and value in other faiths and traditions. We recognise that there’s something transcendent and precious in every person. Different Quakers use different words to describe this, but we all believe we can be in contact with and encounter something beyond our individual selves.

Quakers don’t use traditional religious structures or paid ministers. We share responsibility for what we do because everyone has a valuable contribution to make.

Quaker meetings for worship can be held anywhere, at any time. Every meeting begins in silence, when the first person sits down. We use silence to open ourselves to the wisdom that comes out of stillness. It enriches us and shapes us, individually and collectively. This is what we mean by ‘worship’. The only way to understand this completely is to go to a meeting.

Quaker Values or Testimonies

Quaker values or spiritual insights are often called ‘testimonies’ and tend to unite Quakers worldwide.  They spring from deep experience and have been reaffirmed by generations.  How we act as Quakers goes together with what we believe.  We don’t have a fixed creed because we have found that the search for truth can lead us to new expressions of values as well as confirming existing ones.

Our testimonies encourage us to work for a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. It’s not always easy to live this way, but as Quakers, we try to encourage each other to keep trying.

Equality and justice

Quakers believe everyone is equal. This inspires us to try to change the systems that cause injustice and that stop us being genuine communities. It also means working with people who suffer injustice, such as prisoners of conscience and asylum seekers. We were campaigning for independent juries in the 17th-century, for marriage equality in the 21st, and for a range of things in between.

Peace

Quakers are perhaps best known for our peace testimony. It comes from our belief that love is at the centre of existence and that all human life is of equal worth. It has led Quakers to refuse military service and work creatively for peace. This has ranged from practical work in areas affected by violent conflict to developing alternatives to violence at all levels. This could be personal or international.

Truth and integrity

Quakers try to live according to the deepest truth we know, and we connect most deeply to this in the stillness of worship. This means speaking the truth at all times, including to people in positions of power. As we are guided by integrity, so we expect to see it in public life.

Simplicity and sustainability

Quakers are concerned about excess and waste in our society. We want to make sure our use of natural resources is sustainable. We try to live simply and to find space for the things that really matter: the people around us, the natural world, and our experience of stillness.

In Shrewsbury, we have an Experiment with Light Group.

There are online Zoom Light groups held at the moment every Tuesday at 4pm and the second Thursday in the month at 7pm.  These are organised by the EwL network and we get people from all over Britain and quite a few from other countries.  Contact:  experimentwithlight@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.  Angie will then send out the joining instructions.  Newcomers would be welcome.

The “Experiment with Light” is a Quaker discipline that helps people deepen their spiritual lives by trying out what it means to “wait in the Light” as early Quakers did.

The meditation can be separated into four main steps with an invitation first to BE STILL:

1) Mind the Light (pay attention to what’s going on inside you, particularly where there’s something that makes you feel uncomfortable)

2) Open your heart to the truth (don’t run away from anything that’s difficult or that you don’t want to face, but keep a little distance from it: ‘be still and cool in thy mind’)

3) Wait in the Light (be patient, let the Light show you what is really going on, ask questions if what is being offered to you isn’t clear or you want to know more, and wait for the answers to come, don’t try to explain)

4) Submit (accept and welcome the information or images, and the insights, dreams and perceptions that may come later, and allow them to show the truth)

Experiment with Light is a simple but powerful meditation, which can be searching and transformative. It helps us to really know ourselves.

If you would like to find out more have a look at the website http://www.experiment-with-light.org.uk where you will find plenty of information.

If you would like to try the meditation for yourself you are welcome to come along to our Light group. Email Angie on angeladunhill@gmail.com for details.

Find the date and times of next light group meetings on Events Calendar page.