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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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iv: organization of the society

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Growth and Change

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.


new gatherings of friends

 Friends’ testimony on community urges that Meetings should be small enough to enable members to know each other well. Existing Monthly Meetings are encouraged to create new Worship Groups when the membership becomes too large to permit a true sense of community, or when it is more convenient for those members living at a distance from the meeting place. New Meetings may also be formed through the development of Worship Groups or Preparative Meetings. Where no Friends Meeting exists, individual Friends and those drawn to Friends’ ways should meet together for divine guidance. In due time they may be gathered into a Worship Group which comes under the care of a Monthly Meeting.