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The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in 1652 under the leadership of George Fox . The early Quaker experience taught that every person could establish a personal relationship with the Creator and that all people are deserving of respect. One of the early Quakers, Robert Barclay, compared a gathering of Friends to the light of many candles burning in a single room.

Establishment of the Pennsylvania colony tested Quaker ideals in a practical setting, and the movement took firm root in America. John Woolman and other Friends were early leaders in the effort to bring an end to slavery. Lucretia Mott was one of the founders of the women’s suffrage movement.

Sacramento Friends Meeting began to meet in the 1930s and built its Meeting House in 2001. We are part of the Pacific Yearly Meeting, a community of “liberal, unprogrammed” Quaker Meetings in three U.S. states (California, Hawai’i, and Nevada), Guatemala and Mexico. We also actively participate in the College Park Quarterly Meeting in Northern California and Nevada.

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