Welcome to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia
This 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 2021 Backhouse Panel recording is now available on our Quakers Australia YouTube channel where you can also find many other videos in our series Quakers in Australia which includes Friends talking about Quaker Testimonies, Activism and Beliefs.
Quakers and COVID-19
During COVID-19, most Friends around Australia have been meeting online. As restrictions are changing in some places, some Friends are now meeting in person, while others are meeting online. This sometimes changes from week to week. 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
Read the Australian Advices and Queries and see accompanying images on this page.
this we can say: Australian Quaker life, faith and thought 1.10
"...I was sure that it was what I had searched for, intellectually, and not found. And now, when I was not expecting it, it had found me, hit me on the head, opened my eyes in a mystical way - almost laughably appropriate for a so-called hard-nosed scientist!"
- Malcolm Whyte 1991 (page 9)