“Faith & Practice” of North Pacific Yearly Meeting
Faith and Practice is the name given to a reference book compiled by each yearly meeting that contains the collective wisdom of the community, including queries and guidelines intended to support individual and corporate faithful living. – Catherine Whitmire, 2007
You can download the NPYM Faith and Practice – accepted in Annual Session on July 29, 2017 – in PDF format from this page. The book also includes a section about history and includes quotes from individuals about their Quaker faith.
To read Faith and Practice documents from other Yearly Meetings, see Online Books of Faith and Practice – thanks to Quaker Information Center (see more on them below).
Learning about Quakers
Quakerfinder: Find a Friends Meeting
If you are looking for a nearby Quaker meeting, or one anywhere in the U.S., this will find it. It is also a very good place to start if you want to learn about Quakerism.
Friends General Conference (FGC)
A national association of liberal unprogrammed Quaker meetings. Olympia Friends Meeting is a member. Great source of information, and includes an online bookstore.
Quaker Information Center
Just what it says. The website is run by Earlham School of Religion, a graduate division of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana which is the oldest graduate seminary associated with the Religious Society of Friends.
A Brief History of the Branches of Friends
“Quakers today number some three hundred and thirty-eight thousand (2002 figures) in over sixty countries. They differ in language, culture, and national allegiance, and in the emphases that they place on different aspects of Quakerism. At times it must present a very confusing picture. … How has such diversity arisen? What follows is but a brief outline of a complex story.”
Branches of Friends Today
Information about Liberal Friends, Conservative Friends, Pastoral Friends, Evangelical Friends and links to more – from Quaker Information Center.
A treasure trove of information about many things Quaker. A Friendly web site offering an informative and satisfying browse.
Presents the work of Friends who are more concerned with the natural than the supernatural. Some members understand “God” as a metaphor of human values and some avoid the concept while accepting it as significant to others.
Quaker journeys – short animated videos by Quakers in Britain.
“Quakerism is built on common ideas, but the journey is different for each of us. In these short clips, four Quakers tell us about their journeys.”
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
“Quaker values in action.” Carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
The Quaker lobby for peace, justice and care for the earth, in Washington, D.C.
Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy
Maintains a Quaker presence in Olympia to educate state lawmakers on issues of concern, composed of members of the Washington State Religious Society of Friends who bring spiritual values to bear on public policy decisions. They hold a lobby day once a year usually in February.
Quaker Earthcare Witness
Spirit-led action on all environmental issues: pollution, toxic wastes, conservation, recycling, energy use, global warming, loss of species and habitats, loss of arable lands and population pressures.
Quakers in the Northwest
North Pacific Yearly Meeting
Olympia Friends Meeting is a member of this Yearly Meeting, the regional association of liberal, unprogrammed Quaker meetings in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and northern Wyoming.
Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting
Includes local meetings and worship groups in Washington and northern Idaho. Olympia Friends Meeting is a member.
Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends
Another branch of Quakerism in the NW, the association of evangelical Friends churches.
Quakers around the World
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
International organization facilitating understanding among the diversity of Quakers worldwide.
A monthly magazine of Quaker thought in the U.S.
“Quaker Plain Speech and Spirit in the West” This magazine of Quakers in the western U.S. is the official publication of Pacific, North Pacific and Intermountain Yearly Meetings.
Also includes Western Friend Connect: live online worship and workshops.
A website with links to many blogs currently being written by Quakers
Quaker Worship and Fellowship Online
A list by Western Friend
Meeting for Worship/Worship sharing with a weekly query on SUN 7 p.m. US Mountain Time & 6 p.m. Pacific Time, on Zoom.