Harmony with Nature
For more than three hundred years, Friends have acted upon a set of shared convictions. While the specific details have varied over time, today’s concerns and underlying beliefs are remarkably similar to those of past generations. The word “testimonies” refers to this set of deeply felt, historically rooted attitudes and ways of living in the world. Testimonies bear witness to the Truth as Friends in community perceive it: Truth known through relationship with God. Testimonies are expressions of lives turned toward the Light, outward expressions that reflect the inward experience of divine guidance.
Spiritual evolution of the Religious Society of Friends occurs largely through individual Friends’ openness to spiritual insights. Insights widely held by Friends over time, guiding and informing the community, become testimonies.
There is no single list of testimonies. To understand the role of testimonies in Friends’ history and spiritual practice, it is first important to understand their essential oneness. (From Pacific Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice, 2001)