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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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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.


preface <page 1>

i: pacific yearly meeting in context

introduction <page 2>

religious language <page 13>
the bible <page 14>
sacraments <page 15>
creed <page 16>

ii: quaker faith and spiritual practice

Worship And The Meeting

Meeting for Worship <page 17>

Testimonies <page 24>

integrity <page 25>
unity <page 26>
equality <page 27>
simplicity <page 28>
peace <page 29>
community <page 30>

iii: testimony and experience of friends <page 47>

Faith and Experience

Living Our Faith

integrity <page 52>
equality <page 53>
simplicity <page 54>
peace <page 55>
community <page 56>
harmony with nature <page 57>

Corporate Search and Practice

meeting for worship <page 58>
meeting for business <page 59>
unity <page 60>
membership <page 61>
marriage <page 62>
death and memorials <page 63>

iv: organization of the society <page 64>

The Monthly Meeting <page 65>

Growth and Change <page 75>

Quarterly Meetings <page 81>

Yearly Meeting <page 82>

v: procedures

Friends Process for Making Decisions <page 83>

Membership <page 92>

Marriage <page 102>

vi: activities and organization of the yearly meeting

The Annual Gathering of Pacific Yearly Meeting <page 118>

glossary <page 135>

bibliography <page 136>


Appendix 1: Records

Appendix 2: Quaker Archives

Appendix 3: Pastoral Care/Clearness Committees

Appendix 4: Membership

Appendix 5: Letters

Appendix 6: Marriage