yearly meeting publications
and Practice is the primary published source of
information describing the experience and practice of Pacific Yearly
Meeting Friends as they seek to know and follow God’s Light
the Religious Society of Friends.†
Yearly Meetings periodically review, revise, develop, and publish
their edition of Faith and Practice to reflect practices in
own Yearly Meeting. The development of Faith and Practice is
discussed in the Introduction to this edition. <See
also Discipline Committee p. 129>.
Bulletin predates Pacific Yearly Meeting by more than
fifteen years.With the first gatherings of Friends on the West Coast
in 1929, its first five issues were set in moveable lead type and edited
by Anna Brinton. The first issues of a new Volume I, dated January
1934, were edited by Howard Brinton, Clerk of the Pacific Coast
Association of Friends, the predecessor to Pacific Yearly Meeting.
Friends Bulletin, published twice a year at that time, recorded the
minutes, reports and papers read at the annual sessions along with
personal news of Friends and their families and the activities of the
handful of unprogrammed Meetings along the West Coast. During
World War II and for some time thereafter, the Bulletin carried news
of conscientious objectors and Friends’ concerns for interned
Japanese Americans and their reintegration into Western
communities following the war.
the formation of Pacific Yearly Meeting in 1947, Friends Bulletin
became its official journal. When North Pacific Yearly
Meeting (NPYM) was formed in 1973, the Bulletin was approved as
its publication as well. In 1978, Friends Bulletin began publishing
Intermountain Yearly Meeting’s (IMYM) minutes, announcements,
epistles and news; in 1984, it became the official IMYM publication.
In order to ensure representation from all three Yearly Meetings and
to avoid being unequally associated with Pacific Yearly Meeting,
where the responsible committee continued to reside, Friends
Bulletin incorporated as a not for profit religious corporation in
Oregon in 1994. The Board includes representatives of the three
Yearly Meetings the Bulletin serves.
Bulletin, now published ten times a year, has developed into the
major voice for three Yearly Meetings, sustaining their
bonds of friendship and recording the history, the spiritual
leadings, hopes and visions and activities of unprogrammed
Friends in the western United States. Although subsidized by the
three Yearly Meetings, the Friends Bulletin endeavors to be selfsupporting
and is available through subscription.
Faith and Practice may be purchased from Monthly Meetings or
the AFSC Bookstore in Pasadena.