Quaker testimonies are a set of principles and practices generally agreed on by Friends. They have developed gradually over time, and are open to modification by Quakers as they are led by the Spirit.
Midlothian Friends have an acronym that identifies the five major testimonies: SPICES, or Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship.
The Simplicity testimony values simplicity and moderation in speech, living, and clothing. In the early days of Quakerism that led Quakers to wear simple grey clothes. Today this is visible by the informality with which we dress for Meeting for Worship; no coats, ties, dresses or other "church clothes" are required, although you are welcome to wear them if you wish.
The Peace testimony abhors participation and support of war in any form (see the FAQ page for more)
The Integrity testimony, also called the Truth testimony. Integrity means focusing and spending time listening to the small voice of the Spirit and being open to being led by it - whether the Spirit is speaking within oneself or through another.
The Community testimony is supporting one another in our faith journeys and in times of joy and sorrow; we share and care for each other. Early Friends’ communities provided material support for families whose breadwinners had been jailed for their religious beliefs. Today’s Quaker communities include local Meetings like MFM where Friends gather weekly to worship, socialize, and express their belief through collective activities.
The Equality testimony holds that all persons are equal before God, regardless of their sex, race, class, or other condition. This testimony began with the testimony of equality of men and women.
The Stewardship testimony, also called “Care for the Earth”, is valuing and respecting all of God’s creation; using our fair share of the earth’s resources; working for policies that protect the planet.