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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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vi: activities and organization of the yearly meeting

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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

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other quaker organizations

quarterly meeting organizations

 ben lomond quaker center is an incorporated self-service retreat and conference center located on 80 acres of redwood forest land near Santa Cruz. It was originally given to the AFSC in 1949 and became an independent corporation under the care of College Park Quarterly Meeting in 1982. This facility has become a valuable resource of spiritual enrichment, psychological insight, and social concern as it offers weekend and week-long programs of many kinds to Friends and the community at large. It provides retreat facilities for Monthly Meetings, other groups and individuals.

 college park friends education association was formed by a group of Friends in the 1950’s. Its first project was a summer school in Southern California for secondary school students. The group eventually incorporated under the care of College Park Quarterly Meeting in 1960. This led to the establishment of John Woolman School, located in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. It has provided a friendly high school education, plus a home away from home, for selected students since 1963.

 friends association of services for the elderly (fase) began with a Pacific Yearly Meeting discussion about the problems of the frail elderly. College Park Quarterly Meeting followed up on the concern. FASE formed a corporation to arrange financing, purchase property and build Friends House, which began operations in Santa Rosa in 1984. It has an independent Board of Directors nominated by the Board and residents, which must be approved by the Quarterly Meeting, as is the case for other corporations of College Park Quarterly Meeting.

 the joint youth service program of the afsc and scqm is based on the early work camp concept. It regularly brings Southern California Quaker youth together with other groups to build fellowship and to contribute to the larger community. Events have included inter-city, inter-racial weekends and week-long construction projects in communities south of the Mexican- American border.

 pacific ackworth school was formed by a group of Friends in southern California during World War II. Located in Temple City, California, it is a day school. Its purpose has been to offer alternative pre-school and after school care, serving children up to the middle school level. Southern California Quarterly Meeting appoints two Friends to the twelve person governing board. There has been a consistent attempt to have the program reflect the principles of the Religious Society of Friends.