(from 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 one,
- 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.