So just who are the Quakers? The Quakers have developed from strong Christian roots. However, personal experience and action have always been more important than dogma. Therefore we do not have a creed, and are open to a wide variety of beliefs.
Some central beliefs that hold us together as a religious community are:
The light of God is in everyone. This is sometimes translated as there is that of God in everyone.
Each person can have a direct, personal relationship with God — there is no need for a priest or a minister as an intermediary.
Our relationship with God is nurtured by worship based on silent waiting.
The nature of God is love.
These beliefs lead us to strive for:
the equality of all human beings,
simplicity in our worship and in our way of life,
the right to freedom of conscience,
a sense of shared responsibility for the life of our communities and the integrity of creation.