Over time Friends have developed ways of interacting and behaving that we believe are consistent with God’s will.  This is what has become known as Quaker Testimonies.  For simplicity sake our testimonies are usually referred to as the testimonies on simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality – the classic acronym SPICE.  More recently Friends have taken to adding stewardship to that list (therefore SPICES).

Friends testimonies however are always changing (we no longer have a testimony against Friends holding slaves for example) and it may be a mistake to refer to Friends beliefs as a rigid set of beliefs that is fully contained by the acronym SPICE.  Historically the term testimony has been used by Friends to mean a variety of things, such as vocal ministry, a leading or witness over a lifetime, or even career choices.  Much has been written about Quaker testimonies and I would refer Friends to our Faith and Practice (see link on Faith and Practice page) for a better explanation than I can give here.

There is a thought provoking article in the May 2013 issue of Friends Journal by Friend Eric Moon entitled “Categorically Not the Testimonies.”  Here is a link to that article:  http://www.friendsjournal.org/categorically-not-the-testimonies/


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