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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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The Yearly Meeting as an Organization

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.


yearly meeting publications

Faith and Practice

 Faith and Practice is the primary published source of information describing the experience and practice of Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends as they seek to know and follow God’s Light within the Religious Society of Friends.†

 Most Yearly Meetings periodically review, revise, develop, and publish their edition of Faith and Practice to reflect practices in their own Yearly Meeting. The development of Faith and Practice is discussed in the Introduction to this edition. <See also Discipline Committee p. 129>.

Friends Bulletin

 Friends Bulletin predates Pacific Yearly Meeting by more than fifteen years.With the first gatherings of Friends on the West Coast in 1929, its first five issues were set in moveable lead type and edited by Anna Brinton. The first issues of a new Volume I, dated January 1934, were edited by Howard Brinton, Clerk of the Pacific Coast Association of Friends, the predecessor to Pacific Yearly Meeting. Friends Bulletin, published twice a year at that time, recorded the minutes, reports and papers read at the annual sessions along with personal news of Friends and their families and the activities of the handful of unprogrammed Meetings along the West Coast. During World War II and for some time thereafter, the Bulletin carried news of conscientious objectors and Friends’ concerns for interned Japanese Americans and their reintegration into Western communities following the war.

 With the formation of Pacific Yearly Meeting in 1947, Friends Bulletin became its official journal. When North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM) was formed in 1973, the Bulletin was approved as its publication as well. In 1978, Friends Bulletin began publishing Intermountain Yearly Meeting’s (IMYM) minutes, announcements, epistles and news; in 1984, it became the official IMYM publication. In order to ensure representation from all three Yearly Meetings and to avoid being unequally associated with Pacific Yearly Meeting, where the responsible committee continued to reside, Friends Bulletin incorporated as a not for profit religious corporation in Oregon in 1994. The Board includes representatives of the three Yearly Meetings the Bulletin serves.

 Friends Bulletin, now published ten times a year, has developed into the major voice for three Yearly Meetings, sustaining their bonds of friendship and recording the history, the spiritual leadings, hopes and visions and activities of unprogrammed Friends in the western United States. Although subsidized by the three Yearly Meetings, the Friends Bulletin endeavors to be selfsupporting and is available through subscription.

† PYM Faith and Practice may be purchased from Monthly Meetings or the AFSC Bookstore in Pasadena.