Friends General Conference

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What do we believe?

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Membership or participation in our Meeting does not require adherence to a creed or statement of belief. In worship, Friends believe that each individual can commune with the divine without need of clergy or doctrine.  We have no professional clergy, and each person present is responsible for the quality of worship. 

The Religious Society of Friends is rooted in Christianity. Many Davis Friends consider themselves Christian and look for inspiration to the Bible. Friends also believe in the continuing revelation of the Spirit to seekers of truth. Many Friends find sustenance in personal experiences of truth, in the spiritual texts of other religions, and in the diverse natural and social worlds. We remain open to the truth in all its manifestations.  Friends adhere principles in everyday life, sometimes referred to as to “Testimonies”, such as Truth-telling, Integrity, Unity, Equality/Equity, Simplicity, Peace, Community, Unity with Nature / Earthcare / Stewardship.

More information about Friends’ testimonies and practices can be found in Faith & Practice (Pacific Yearly Meeting, 2001). Copies are available in our Meetinghouse library and may be found online. This document is revised from time to to time to reflect Friends in Pacific Yearly Meeting's evoloving understanding of Truth.

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