"Testimonies" are what Quakers call ways we have found to live and act based on our beliefs.
As a group we find that listening to and following leadings of the Spirit leads to:
Simplicity - focusing on what is truly important and letting other things fall away.
Peace - seeking justice and healing for all people; taking away the causes of war in the ways we live.
Integrity - living as whole people who act on what we believe, tell the truth, and do what we say we will do.
Community - supporting one another in our faith journeys and in times of joy and sorrow; sharing with and caring for each other.
Equality - treating everyone, everywhere, as equally precious to God, recognizing that everyone has gifts to share.
They are sometimes referred to by the acronym SPICE (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality).
Friends also are increasingly looking at another testimony:
Care for the earth - valuing and respecting all of God's creation; using only our fair share of the earth's resources; working for poilcies that protect the planet.
We do not always hear and follow Divine guidance; being in community with other Quakers helps us to be faithful.
(from Friends General Conference)
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