Promo Banner Image


Quaker Testimony: What We Witness to the World, by Paul Buckley

Now available in the Pendle Hill Bookstore is our most recent Pendle Hill Pamphlet #481, Released June 2023


As a non-credal religious body, the Religious Society of Friends has long been known to others primarily for its outward activities or testimonies. This pamphlet explores some historic and more recent roles played by testimonies in the Religious Society of Friends: What is a Quaker testimony? How have Quaker testimonies originated, changed over time, and – in some cases – disappeared? What roles have the testimonies played in the life of our Society? And what role do they play – or might they play in our own spiritual lives? The first half focuses on Quaker witness in the Society’s first two hundred years. The second half traces the emergence and development of testimonies since the 1940s – particularly the designation of SPICES (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship or sustainability) as “the Quaker testimonies” – and the dangers this poses to Quakerism. Discussion questions are included.

Listen to an interview with Paul Buckley on his pamphlet.


Get Yours Today

Quaker Testimony: What We Witness to the World

By Paul Buckley

Pendle Hill Pamphlet #481 (June 2023)

Order Now