Table of Contents

Introduction vii

  1. History 1

PART I: FAITH

  1. Friends Experiential Faith 15

  2. Friends Spiritual Disciplines 25

Expectant Worship, Vocal Ministry 26

Silence 32

Prayer 35

Discernment 39

Ministry 45

Participation in the Life of the Meeting 48

Religious Education and Study 51

Creativity 54

  1. Friends Testimonies 59

Testimony of Integrity 61

Witness 64

Civic Responsibility 67

Testimony of Community 70

Unity 74

Mutual Care 78

Home and Family 80

The Meeting and Friends of All Ages 84

Sexuality 89

Testimony of Peace 93

Be Not Afraid” 98

Testimony of Simplicity 101

Testimony of Equality 104

Testimony of Stewardship 109

Harmony with Creation 110

Stewardship of Money and Other Resources 114

Stewardship of the Self 118

PART II: PRACTICE

  1. The Monthly Meeting 123

Background 124

Meeting for Worship 126

Meeting for Business 126

Friends Method of Reaching Decisions 127

State of Society Report 133

Meeting Officers and Committees 133

Friends in Ministry 155

  1. New Gatherings of Friends 159

Informal Meetings – Sowing the Seeds 159

Worship Groups 160

Preparative Meetings 163

Recognition of New Gatherings 164

Establishment of Monthly Meetings 164

  1. Quarterly Meetings 169

  2. The Yearly Meeting 173

Mission and Vision 173

Bringing Concerns before the Yearly Meeting 175

Relationships with Wider Friends Organizations 177

Yearly Meeting Finances 179

Central Friends, Junior Friends, Young Adult Friends 180

Officers 182

Yearly Meeting Committees 184

Yearly Meeting Staff 190

Revisions to NPYM’s Faith and Practice 190

  1. Membership 193

Attenders 197

Admission to Membership 197

Children, Youth, and Membership 205

Transfer of Membership 207

Remote Friends and Membership 208

Sojourning Membership 209

Resignation or Termination of Membership 210

  1. Marriage and Committed Relationships 215

Coming under the Care of the Meeting 216

Meeting’s Care for the Relationship 223

Renewal of Vows 225

Separation and Divorce 225

  1. Death and Memorials 229

Preparing for Death 230

Memorial Meetings 232

Memorial Minutes 234


Glossary 235

Select Bibliography 249

Appendix: Forms 260

Certificate of Transfer, Acceptance of Transfer 260

Meeting Membership Record 262

Information and Instructions on Final Affairs 265

Appendix: Chronology of NPYM Meetingsand Worship Groups 267

Appendix: Friendly Use of Communication Technology 273

Index of Sources Quoted 278

Subject Index 281
























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