The Quakers are a sect within Christianity. They believe that love is at the heart of existence and all human beings are equal in the eyes of God. They work to change systems that cause injustice. Being pacifists, Quakers refuse military service.
Quakers become involved in peace activities in areas affected by violent conflict. They seek to develop alternatives to violence. They also work with people who are suffering from injustice, such as prisoners, refugees and asylum seekers.
During the Holocaust, Quaker organisations and individuals in the United States and within Europe provided practical help to victims of Nazi persecution. The Quakers rescued many Jews of all ages.