Welcome to SOFtt – “Society of FriendsQuakers” Movement?

The SOF Movement was established by a group of individuals with shared interests in the philosophy, belief and lifestyle choices emulated by like-minded individuals worldwide and commonly referred to as “Quakers”.

Quakers are a worldwide, global community of people who are diverse in every way, including what they believe and practice.  The variety of theological beliefs today among “Friends” are very broad because it is a tradition that has history held in tension, personal experience, biblical understanding and the personal discernment of the philosophy and values of the community.

There are Quakers who are progressive Christians, Evangelical or other backgrounds; and Friends who are unsure about labels, or even Atheists.  It is very important for Friends to “Let your lives preach”.  That said, “Faith in Action” is a core part of the Quaker tradition that bears testimony and embodies the many ways that Friends manifest their faith in the world.

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Common Practices of Quakers

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Direct Encounter with God

Quakers believe that they do not need a mediator, a priest, pastor, or physical elements like the Eucharist or water Baptism to interact with God.  For Friends, all people have the possibility of direct access to God.

Nurture the Life of the Spirit

Quakers believe that the meeting for worship is essential. Anyone can worship on their own, but for Friends the gathered community worshipping together is a critical component to what it means to nurture the life of the Spirit.

Practiced Discernment

As a community making decisions together, Quakers seek the “Sense of the Meeting,” through a process of communal discernment as the way communities discern the will of God for themselves.

This is why there is not an overly top-down hierarchy for Friends. The goal of all Quaker yearly meetings is to support, nurture and protect the discernment of each meeting.

Testimony

For Quakers, living out one’s faith in community is of utmost importance, as Friends have been led to work against war, racism, poverty and lead simple lives. These fall under the category of Quaker “testimony” as they are a witness of the faith of the lived community.

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