How Quakers Are Organized
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The Monthly Meeting
Annapolis Friends Meeting is an independent religious entity and is incorporated as such. It makes its own decisions about spiritual and business matters. Annapolis Friends Meeting is a monthly meeting, so called because business matters are considered once a month.
Independent monthly meetings within a geographic area are affiliated through a Yearly Meeting, which, as the name suggests, meets annually to consider business. We are part of Baltimore Yearly Meeting. www.bym-rsf.org. Annual sessions are held for six days in late July/early August. Between Annual sessions, Friends gather on a Saturday three times a year at Interim Meeting to conduct business.
Baltimore Yearly Meeting publishes a compendium of Quaker beliefs and practices called Faith and Practice. It is a guide and reference for individual Friends and monthly meetings. It is not a rule book, but it offers insight into the organization of Friends' meetings and how that structure reflects and expresses our beliefs and testimonies. Copies of Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Faith and Practice are for sale on the literature table.
Baltimore Yearly Meeting is divide into a number of subdivisions called Quarterly Meetings. Annapolis Friends Meeting is part of Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting, which meets the Second First Day (Sunday) of March, June, and December.
National and International Quaker Organizations
Quakerism encompasses a broad spectrum of beliefs and interests, and many groups have emerged to demonstrate our diversity.
Friends General Conference, (www.fgcquaker.org) Friends United Meeting (www.fum.org) and Evangelical Friends International (www.evangelical-friends.org) are three prominent Quaker organizations whose orientations range from the least to the most Christocentric and Biblically-based, although there is considerable overlap.
American Friends Service Committee was founded by Quakers to promote peace and justice. It is entirely separate from the monthly and yearly meetings, although many of these provide support for its projects. Many members of AFM have been active in AFSC activities. (www.afsc.org.org)
Quaker camps and schools may be independent and run according to Quaker principles, or they may be under the care of a particular meeting.
Pendle Hill is an educational center near Philadelphia, offering Quaker spiritual enrichment and study. www.pendlehill.org
Resources For Further Learning
Curious about Quakers? Want to learn more? Many of the resources below can be borrowed at the Annapolis Friends Library in our Meetinghouse
Pendle Hill Pamphlets and Bookstore provide a scholarly Quaker viewpoint on a wide variety of theological, social and lifestyle topics. The pamphlets are published six times a year. www.pendlehill.org
Friends General Conference publishes a full range of Quaker and non-quaker literature. www.fgcquaker.org
The Peaceable Kingdom, by Jan DeHartog (1971) This lengthy novel was a best seller. Based on real historic individuals, the book dramatizes the beginning of the Quaker movement in the mid-1600's in England. It is the first of a trilogy.
I Take Thee, Serenity, by Daisy Newman (1994) This novel involves a traditional Quaker family during the 1970's. There also is a sequel. Both books are available in the AFM library.
The Friendly Persuasion, by Jessamyn West (1945) This novel tells the story of a Quaker family in southern Indiana in the mid-19th Century. Of particular interest is the family's struggle to decide how to react to the Civil War, with the parents confirmed pacifists and the son eager to fight the Rebs. Also rent the 1956 movie starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire and Tony Perkins. Jessamy West wrote the screenplay. It's a great family movie. This book and its companion, Except for Me and Thee , are both in our library.
Historic and Social References
Friends for 300 Years, by Howard Brinton (1964) is a history of the Quaker movement. Thoughtful and scholarly, this is one of the most complete and readable references a new attender might choose.
Friends Journal is a monthly magazine about "Quaker thought and life today," which consists of brief articles, readers' contributions, essays and poems, considering their daily lives and spiritual concerns. www.friendsjournal.org
Quaker Life is published ten times a year by Friends United Meeting, reports on Quakers around the world. Call 765-962-7573 or www.fum.org/ql
Questions? Feel free to call
Barbara Thomas at 410-280-0939
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