Quakers around the country will be marking the seventh annual Quaker Week (Saturday 28 September to Sunday 6 October) by sharing their spiritual journeys and listening to the spiritual journeys of others. Some will be wearing badges bearing the logo ‘I’m a Quaker - ask me why’ and holding a ‘bring a friend’ Sunday, where each member invites a friend to meeting for worship.
“Quaker Week is all about worship,” says Alistair Fuller, head of outreach development for Quakers in Britain. “The stillness and quiet in meetings for worship is the root of all we do as Quakers and we’re keen to welcome all to the enriching experience.
“We aim to live in the spirit which inspires us in our worship,” he explains. Quakers try to value each person equally, strive for peace, both inward and outward, work towards achieving simplicity and integrity in their lives and try to live adventurously. They work for social and legislative change.
Though Quakers do not proselytise or persuade, a range of posters and adverts in the national and regional press as well as eye catching banners outside Friends House (opposite Euston station) express stillness, reflection and connection.
Events during Quaker Week can be found here: http://www.quaker.org.uk/qwmap You can also follow the story on Twitter using the hashtag #quakerweek13
Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Around 23,000 people attend nearly 475 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.