Who Are the Friends?
Friends (Quakers) originated in England in the year
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 peoples 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. Others have noticed how
the warmth of a Friendsí community is like a bed of
coals, with each member encouraging others to truly
act out Godís purpose in the world.
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 womenís suffrage movement.
What Do Friends Believe?
The Society of Friends does not have a formal creed,
but since our beginning in the mid-1600s, we have
held that every person has a spark of the Divine
within. Growing out of this belief, many Quakers
have been peacemakers, human rights advocates, and
examples of simplicity and sincerity in business and
Sacramento Friends Meeting
Sacramento Friends Meeting (Quakers) first began to
meet in Sacramento during the 1930s and constructed
a new Meeting House in 2001. Many faithful and loyal
individuals have labored through the years to create
a community that can support people who seek to put
Quaker testimonies into everyday practice.
There are children's educational programs and adult study groups, socials and retreats. The Meeting maintains a small library of periodicals, biographies, dramas, and works by Quaker authors, as well as religious histories and studies of social activism.
The Meeting publishes a monthly
newsletter that is available at the Meetinghouse or by e-mail at email@example.com