Steering your Spirit
A universal framework for making moral decisions
The History of the Society of Friends is one of long-held principles and steady activism, starting in the 1640s when George Fox split from the Church of England in defense of his belief that everyone can be filled with the light of God, and that no single clergy or church has a monopoly on the Truth. Friends have long led the way on equal rights, founding some of the first co-ed and integrated schools in America, and hosting the majority of stops along the Underground Railroad.
There are six main tenets, or "Testimonies" that give Friends Meeting School a set of universal vocabulary to address during social, emotional, and spiritual discussions.
- SIMPLICITY is the quest for a clean slate - a lack of distraction - that allows us to be present to every moment.
- PEACE is the idea that any dilemma can be solved in a way that brings the parties closer together; our "Restorative Resolution" peer mediation program exemplifies this core value.
- INTEGRITY means always being true to one's self, and treating one's word as a bond.
- COMMUNITY is the glue that holds us together, and keeps each person connected with those around them.
- EQUALITY helps us enrich our lessons - and our community - with empathy and understanding across all sorts of boundaries.
- STEWARDSHIP teaches our students how to be responsible members of a community, and to live lives that speak for themselves.
Friends Meeting School follows the traditions of the "Unprogrammed" branches of Quakerism, which allow for students of all faiths and all backgrounds to have an equal say in our weekly Meetings for Worship. This allows students of wide-ranging perspectives to meet together and discuss the pressing issues of the day.