Quaker Man Dressed in Simplicity
300 years of Quakers in Tottenham

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Tottenham Quakers

Quakerism in the 1990s

Over the past three hundred years (and more) Quakers have changed in many ways, but the basic foundations remain the same. The guiding principles of truth, equality, simplicity and peace are still present.

Quakers no longer address people as "thee" and "thou" and no longer dress in readily identifiable clothing, though they tend to dress simply. Quakers still do not swear oaths. The right to "affirm" has now been enshrined in the law.

Quakers still stress the equality of men and women in all aspects of life. We still do not use titles, calling each other by first name and surname only. We tend not to spend money on clothes and luxuries and are aware of poverty and oppression in society at large. On the other hand we enjoy life and appreciate the good things it has to offer.

Peace is still a central concern for Quakers. But peace is not just the absence of war. It is about our day to day relationships with our families, our neighbours, people in our towns and cities and in other countries. Peace is also about how we cope with people we may find difficult and different from ourselves. It is about accepting that there are different cultures and ways of doing things and that different does not mean worse. There are many ways of demonstrating commitment to peace. Each Quaker will follow his or her conscience and do what it feels right to do.

Quaker Woman