Quakers share common roots in the spiritual movement called the Religious Society of Friends that arose in England over 400 years ago. Today it is still true that Friends adhere to certain essential principles:
- a belief in the possibility of direct, unmediated communion with the Divine (historically expressed by George Fox in the statement, “Christ is come to teach his people himself”); and
- a commitment to living lives that outwardly attest to this inward experience.
This section of PYM Faith & Practice includes statements of Friends beliefs and practices as developed and discerned by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Quakers.