Welcome to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia
OUR WEBSITE is a resource for members and attenders of Australia Yearly Meeting, as well as for those wishing to learn more about Quakers in Australia. If you are new to Quakers and want to know more about our basic beliefs visit our Enquirers site.
The Religious Society of Friends is commonly referred to as Quakers. It consists of the members of the Society and many others who worship with us and are involved with us. Quakers believe that everyone has a direct connection with God, which some call the 'inner light' or ‘Spirit'. Each Quaker seeks their own path with the support of the group. We try to clarify our beliefs by careful consideration, listening to the Spirit within us, listening to others and reading the wisdom of others. Although our origins are Christian we are open to many ideas. We are committed to working for equality and peace and believe firmly in religious tolerance.
All are welcome to join us.
**The 2022 Backhouse Lecture, Creating hope: working for justice in catastrophic times can be viewed HERE.
** Check out our Quakers Australia YouTube channel where you can find our series Quakers in Australia, in which Australian Friends speak about Quaker testimonies, activism and beliefs.
**Australian Advices and Queries , illustrated with lovely accompanying images, can be viewed HERE.
Image: close up of a yellow banksia flower, Emily Chapman-Searle
You can find more information about how Friends are currently meeting (for worship, for singing, for poetry, for walking, etc.) by visiting the relevant Regional Meeting page and contact the Clerk to find out what's happening in your region.
Online Meetings for Worship
Perhaps service is gratitude in action and faith in action. It is having something to offer back, based on the immense and insupportable inequities and injustices which are the causes of violence. Service is born of the conviction that the human spirit can witness to 'that of God in everyone', and that inequities such as hunger are intolerable. Rowe Morrow 1998, this we can say 3.20