Quakers share a way of life, not a set of beliefs. We seek to experience God directly, within ourselves and in our relationships with others and the world around us. Our meetings are inclusive and open to all. Our sense of community does not depend on professing identical beliefs, but from worshipping, sharing and working together. Quakers also find meaning and value in the teachings of other faiths; we acknowledge that ours is not the only way.
Our lived testimony to equality, truth, integrity, simplicity, sustainability and peace leads us to a fundamental critique of the present economic system. We are led to seek an economy which recognises the value of all people alive now and of all living things, and of those who may live in a future time. Our vision is rooted in compassion, our sense of the sacred in everything and desire for universal peace.
We are inspired to believe that human beings can live in cooperation and peace if enabled by economic structures which favour and support this.
You can download these principles here (pdf).
These principles have been written by the Economics, Sustainability & Peace Subcommittee of Quaker Peace & Social Witness. They are intended to stimulate thinking and debate within the yearly meeting about the principles and key features that might underpin an economic system compatible with Quaker values. The principles are deliberately aspirational. They reflect our hopes for a different kind of economic system rather than critique our current economy.
This document marks the start of a new project on the ‘new economy’. It is not an official statement of Britain Yearly Meeting.
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