Modern Quakers often point to testimonies when talking about the beliefs, spirituality and practice as Friends. These are not the “be all” and “end all” of Quakerism. The testimonies often referred to today include:
Peace – responding to difficulties with non-violence and love, because of the conviction that violence is wrong.
Simplicity – living modestly and removing material and intangible obstacles that interfere with our connection to the Divine.
Integrity – acting in accordance to what God asks of us, despite the temptation to do otherwise.
Community – responding out of the sense that we are all one family.
Equality – Acting out of the convictions that we all embody a Divine spark – that of God – in each of us and therefore we are all to be treated equally.
At the root of each of these testimonies is Divine love.