Quakers referred to themselves as a people who belonged to God, a peculiar (owned by God) people, who "have been called out of darkness into his marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:19 - KJV
Regardless of the ancient definition of peculiar, what sets us apart today?
Worship in Silence
We wait in the stillness and listen for that "still small voice"* to speak to us, to answer our prayers, to heal our wounds, to call us to service.
*1 Kings 19:11-13
We believe that we all must carry the responsibility of ministry, for when the holy spirit speaks to us and words rise and we are called to speak, then we minister to our community. We have not dispensed with ministers - only the laity.
We also believe that we minister daily with not just our words but our actions.
Decisions through Unity
We attend to the business of the meeting in worshipful respect for all present. We wait until everyone has had an opportunity to speak to the matter at hand. If then we can agree to the summarized "sense of the Meeting", then the Meeting moves forward in unity. If not, then the matter is put aside and allowed to season.