Welcome to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia
THIS WEBSITE is a resource for members and attenders of Australia Yearly Meeting, as well as for those wishing to learn more about Quakers in Australia. If you are new to Quakers and want to know more about our basic beliefs visit our Enquirers site.
The Religious Society of Friends is commonly referred to as Quakers. It consists of the members of the Society and many others who worship with us and are involved with us. Quakers believe that everyone has a direct connection with God, which some call the 'inner light' or ‘Spirit'. Each Quaker seeks their own path with the support of the group. We try to clarify our beliefs by careful consideration, listening to the Spirit within us, listening to others and reading the wisdom of others. Although our origins are Christian we are open to many ideas. We are committed to working for equality and peace and believe firmly in religious tolerance.
All are welcome to join us.
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You can find more information about how Friends are currently meeting (for worship, for singing, for poetry, for walking, etc.) by visiting the relevant Regional Meeting page and contact the Clerk to find out what's happening in your region.
To find the details for nation-wide Meetings for Worship, visit the Meetings for Worship page.
For thousands of years before 1788, this country was lived in by various aboriginal peoples, at one with the land. Through colonisation, much of their land and culture has been lost to them and their children have been taken from them; they have suffered the injustice of racism, and material, psychological and spiritual deprivation. Can we acknowledge with sorrow the loss of life and the on-going destruction of their languages, families and communities, appreciate the depth and strength of aboriginal beliefs and values and learn from aboriginal people and accept the gifts they have for all of us? Can we all as Australians work towards living together as equals, with mutual understanding and respect?
Australian Advices & Queries, no.18