Let all nations hear the word by sound or writing. Spare no place, spare not tongue nor pen, but be obedient to the Lord God and go through the world and be valiant for the Truth upon earth.... And this is the word of the Lord God to you all, and a charge to you all in the presence of the living God, be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them. Then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one; whereby in them ye may be a blessing, and make the witness in God in them to bless you.
– George Fox, Journal, 1694
We are called to share with others our experience that God is actively present in the world and in every human heart and may be encountered by those who turn to God in openness and expectation. The Religious Society of Friends is a fellowship of persons who have this faith, and we invite those who have not found a spiritual home to enter into our fellowship. We know that words alone cannot witness to these truths. When our lives speak, when they reflect an enthusiastic, contagious appreciation of Jesus and his teachings, our words of witness will bear convincing authority.
Outreach begins in our meetings for worship, in our family lives, and in our daily encounters with others. We can make our witness public through casual conversation, through lectures, letters to newspapers, published works, and radio and television appearances. Our witness may encourage action by others who have been shy or reticent. We broaden our fellowship and deepen our understanding of each other by sharing the insights and experiences that have led us to God.