History Of The Quakers
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Quakers in York opened The Retreat in 1796. It was the first establishment to provide sympathetic care to those suffering acute mental distress.

If people know anything about Quakers it is usually that they don’t fight in wars. This is because their faith leads them to seek the godly part of every human being. It is a ‘testimony’ that has developed in response to the felt leading of God. Instead they will be found all over the world working tirelessly for peace.

We have other ‘testimonies’ including the one to equality which means that we have had quaker women ministers since our foundation in the 1650s.

Integrity is another valued ‘testimony’ which led to people entrusting their savings to quakers in the 18th century. These testimonies are not rules but have grown organically over the years to reflect the values that Friends hold dear.

Quakers were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for their peace work.

Quakers were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for their peace work.

A new testimony to the earth is now evolving which asks Friends to consider carefully how they should respond to the current environmental crisis. Four Friends from Wem Meeting are part of the local Transition Town movement.

Article from ‘the Friend’ about how Quakers have been making a difference throughout history (use the back button to get back to this page)

Elizabeth Fry pioneered prison reform in Newgate prison in the nineteenth century.

Elizabeth Fry pioneered prison reform in Newgate prison in the nineteenth century.

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In the Irish famine (1845-1851) Quakers provided vital support for the starving.

In the Irish famine (1845-1851) Quakers provided vital support for the starving.