Friends United Meeting)
"For you are all the children of light and children
of the day." I Thessalonians 5:5
Friends seek to be "Children of Light" in both
personal and social morality. Like the Early Church, Friends begin
with the experience of the presence and the power of the living
Christ; the Christ who makes His will known and guides and directs.
Christians are those who have been transformed by
Him, who have passed from darkness into His glorious light. "Walking
in the Light," Friends have tried to:
- follow Christ's way of peacemaking in a world
gone mad with war, ["Guide for Friends on War and
Conscientious Objection to military service" (1/91).]
- maintain the highest integrity in the midst
of a society that practices deceit and exaggeration,
- adjust one's lifestyle to the simple basics
on a globe with limited resources in spite of the prevailing
theme of "Acquire, acquire,"
- seek God's justice for all and exploit no
- recognize the full equality of men and women,
and of all people regardless of race,
- and make decisions within our community of
faith based on unity under Christ's leading rather than by
factions and majority rule.
Quaker worship, whether unprogrammed (based on
silent waiting and prophetic speaking out of the silence) or
programmed (with a simple order of service and usually including a
period of silent waiting), is a group experience of communion with
Christ who is present in the midst of His gathered people.
The Church is the company of the people in whom
Christ dwells. Outward sacraments are not necessary since Christians
follow Him who baptized "with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Luke 3:16),
and who is Himself "the bread of life" (John 6:35). The primary
authority for Friends is the Holy Spirit who inspired the
Scriptures. The Inspirer is greater than the inspired, but all
leadings of the Spirit are to be checked with the Scriptures.
Leadings are also to be checked with the community of faith.