Quakers Today

Today, over 350 years after the founding of the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers can be found throughout the US and the world, with a variety of practices and priorities that have been modified by the communities in which they settled. There are about 400,000 Quakers in the world today, and about 100,000 of them are in the United States.

Modern Friends place great value on putting our faith into action – by advocating for social justice, environmental, and human rights causes, as individuals and collectively through our meetings and organizations. We also emphasize living in harmony with our faith and persuading by example rather than preaching. We continue to honor the words of William Penn, the Quaker founder of Philadelphia: "True religion does not draw men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it."

 For more information on Quakers activities today, you can visit our resources page or check these websites for further reading:

Friends World Committee for Consultation - a network of tens of thousands of people who lobby Congress for peace and justice. A Quaker lobby in the public interest, bringing together people of many different faith and cultural backgrounds.

FWCC Worldwide Consultation  - Friends around the world are responding to changes in the environment, climate, economy, society. These changes affect us all. They affect us at a practical level and at a spiritual level. Change also affects us all at a global level and in our local communities. FWCC works to unites Friends worldwide in response to global change.