About Quakers and Quakerism
Who are the Quakers?
In the UK, the Religious Society of Friends - more commonly known as Quakers - comprises a group of some 25,000 worshippers.
The name "Quaker" is a nickname given by a judge when George Fox - founder of the Quakers - on trial for blasphemy said he should "tremble at the word of the Lord". The name stuck and it is by this name that Quakers are best known today.
George Fox was born in the mid-17th century, a time of great social and intellectual ferment in England. After the death of Cromwell, the authority of the Catholic Church was broken and there was much corruption. George Fox was from a devout family but wanted answers to his spiritual questions. He spoke to many clergymen but none could give him answers. In despair, thinking 'none could speak to his condition' he had a spiritual experience and realised that 'there was that of God in everyone'.
All people can have a real and direct experience of God without the need for priests and rituals. At that time there were many non-conformist groups waiting for a leader to unite them.
That person was George Fox and the Religious Society of Friends of the Truth was born.
Meeting for Worship
The bedrock of the Quaker way is the silent Meeting for Worship. We seek a communal gathered stillness, where we can be open to inspiration from the Spirit of God. During our Meetings for Worship some may feel moved to speak - something anyone may do as we are all considered equal.
Quaker meetings are open to everyone. We have no creed but are committed to a set of beliefs outlined in the testimonies of Truth and Integrity, Equality and Community, Peace and Simplicity, and for the Earth and Environment. The testimonies spring from a sense of equality, compassion, and seeing the sacred in all life.
If you are wondering who God may be, looking for a purpose in life, needing company or seeking solitude, why not come to our Meeting for Worship. We offer our friendship, an opportunity to sit quietly with others and think. It may be helpful. God's light is in us all, waiting to be discovered.
The Quaker Meeting House: Beaumont Fee, Lincoln
The Quaker Meeting House has the distinction of being the first licensed non-conformist place of worship in Lincoln. After the accession of William and Mary, the Toleration Act - designed to allow freedom to worship according to conscience - became law in 1689. Lincoln Monthly Meeting learned that nine private houses had been granted certificates to hold religious meetings. It was therefore now possible to acquire a licensed Meeting House in Lincoln. The Quakers started building on an unused part of their burial ground in Beaumont Fee and continued throughout the winter of that year. The weather was 'grievous' and only three weeks before the Meeting House was due to open it was written that '...waters and snow so abounded that Friends could not with safety pass'.
The Meeting House cost approximately £68 to build and was ready by March 1690. The first Meeting was for the marriage of Abraham Morris Senior and Isabel Yearmans, step-daughter to George Fox. Since 1690, a Meeting for Worship has taken place every Sunday - representing over 300 years of continuous worship in this building.
What Lincoln Quakers say...
Quakers come together to find meaning in silence and stillness, in the spirit of love and tenderness.
Being a Quaker is a vital part of my life and I cannot imagine not being a part of this worshipping group.
Sharing a supportive space and being part of a community, finding a shared stillness and personal space within a busy world.
Quakers listen to the promptings of love and truth and our actions are inspired and sustained by the spirit within the promptings.
Being Quaker is to search for the inner light, guiding us to Peace, Truth, Simplicity and Equality for ALL.