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Faith and Practice: The Books

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From its beginning, the Society of Friends has been non-creedal, rejecting any requirement that members atest to a specific creed or doctrine. Friends instead seek the religious guidance that comes out of collective worship. Nonetheless, as the Society gradually established itself in the late 17th century, meetings began to systematically record their thoughts about Quaker practice.

Over the subsequent three centuries, this work has been collected and refined by various meetings. The resulting documents combine practical advice on how Quaker meetings function, historical and contemporary reflections on the nature of Quaker life and worship, and "queries" that serve "as a guide to self-examination, using them not as an outward set of rules, but as a framework within which we assess our convictions and examine, clarify, and consider prayerfully the direction of our lives and the life of the community" (Faith and Practice, Philadephia Yearly Meeting, 1997, p. 205). The links below will take you to two such works:

Faith and Practice (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1997, 2002)

Quaker Faith and Practice (The Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain, 1995)