the meaning of
establishes a commitment between the individual and
the Religious Society of Friends within the framework of a
particular Monthly Meeting. Membership implies that, for each
member, the Religious Society of Friends provides the most
promising home for spiritual enlightenment and growth. It
commits a person to the daily pursuit of truth after the manner of
Friends, and commits the Meeting to support the member in that
pursuit. Membership represents the outward recognition of unity
with other members of the Religious Society of Friends and a
commitment to cherish and share in the living tradition.
since early Friends rejected the distinction between clergy and laity,
responsibility for the full range of Meeting activities
rested with the membership. Members are expected to take an
active role in corporate worship, to share in the work and service
the Society, and to live in harmony with its basic beliefs and
practices. This means participating in Meeting for Worship,
Meeting for Business, and committee work, and giving time, skills,
and financial support to Meeting activities such as religious
education, pastoral care, and witness to the broader community.
in a Monthly Meeting also confers membership in Quarterly and Yearly
Meetings and the Religious Society of Friends.
The strength of these bodies depends on the active involvement of
members.Membership in a Monthly Meeting extends one’s joys
obligations to include the wider family of Friends around the world.