We are a group of people in and around Doncaster who meet for Quaker worship and other activities. We welcome visitors.
As Quakers, we have our roots in Christianity and the life and teachings of Jesus. But we also respect and seek to learn from the experiences and opinions of others and work towards common human goals.
Quakers believe that everyone may have direct experience of God, and that there is “that of God in everyone”. We have no creeds or paid priests and ministers. What we have in common is our search for a real experience of God’s love and power in the everyday world. Our meetings for worship are based on silent waiting, in which we seek to come nearer to one another and to God.
Balby is one of the oldest Quaker meetings, dating back over 300 years. We have a newly refurbished building near the centre of Doncaster to meet our needs and those of others in this area. This is available for hire.
You can find out more about us and other Quakers through this website and through www.quaker.org.uk.
Gender Diversity and Inclusion
We seek to welcome everyone in Sheffield and Balby Area Meeting, being sensitive to the needs of each and “offering nurturing spaces for all” (Quaker Life Central Committee statement)
We believe that ‘each person is unique, precious, a child of God’, (Advices and Queries 1.02:22) and desire to ‘know everyone in things eternal’ (Advices and Queries 1.02:18). We uphold everyone in their journeys in understanding and offer acceptance and respect that is safe from judgements and assumptions.
We affirm people’s right to self-identify, recognising that none of our identities are fixed and that we evolve and change over time. We concur with Young Friends General Meeting in their belief that ‘each member of our community has a unique and deeply personal experience of gender, and that the expression of this is a form of living truthfully and of witness.’ We extend an open and receptive spirit and a listening ear to what is in our hearts, knowing that the heart has no gender.
We encourage everyone to use words with care and sensitivity, recognising that words have the power to hurt others. We commit to raising our awareness and consciousness of people we might be excluding, bringing our fears and prejudices into the Light. We recognise that this requires of us a willingness to face our fears and grow in truth, doing what love requires (Advices and Queries 1.02:28).
(Statement agreed by Area Meeting on 12th January 2020)
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