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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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Living Our Faith

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.


 George Fox called Quakerism an “experimental” faith. Today, Friends are more likely to call it “experiential,” and this in turn implies willingness to consider new insights and perceptions. Friends historical experience has led to shared attitudes and a mode of living in the world that is reflected in Friends’ testimonies, which guide the living faith both individually and corporately.

 Friends have often completed the study of a problem, whether spiritual or worldly, by offering a set of queries, believing that these may open the way to Truth more effectively than a set of conclusions. This practice dates from the early days of the Quaker movement. Most books of Faith and Practice include a set of Queries, often accompanied by a set of Advices <see page 31>. Advices and Queries offer challenge and inspiration, while nurturing continued exploration of Friends faith and practice.