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Faith and Practice

Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the

Religious Society of Friends

a guide to quaker discipline in the experience of pacific yearly meeting of the religious society of friends.
published 2001

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i: Pacific Yearly Meeting In Context

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A Brief History of the Religious Society of Friends

pym in context
quaker faith & spiritual practice
testimony & experience of friends
organization of the society
activities & organization of the YM
sources of quotations
index of sources
subject index

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Friends who have permitted us to use material for this Faith and Practice.


 pacific yearly meeting
within the religious society of friends

 Pacific Yearly Meeting is one of 33 Yearly Meetings in North America, which together with 50 other Yearly Meetings throughout the world make up the Religious Society of Friends. Although an unaffiliated Yearly Meeting, PYM seeks to understand and relate to all Friends. In recent years PYM established the Wider Fellowship Among Friends Committee to facilitate reporting and interaction among the many representatives appointed by the Yearly Meeting to various Friends organizations <see p. 133>. These include Friends General Conference, Friends United Meeting, Evangelical Friends International, Friends Church Southwest Yearly Meeting, and the General Reunion of Friends in Mexico.

 From the beginning of Quakerism, part of the vitality of the movement has been nourished by continuing visitations and contacts among Friends. Pacific Yearly Meeting sends annual Epistles to all Yearly Meetings and receives similar communications from Friends across the globe. In this way, as with individual travel and through written materials of many kinds, Friends in Pacific Yearly Meeting seek to maintain fellowship throughout the Religious Society of Friends.