Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends


For when I came into the silent assemblies of God's people, I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart; and as I gave way unto it, I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up.


We are glad you are attending our meetings. Are you now perhaps wondering what is really happening in them? How they work? What prompts some people to speak and not others? Is speaking arranged or spontaneous? These questions can’t be fully answered in words, but we will try to give you some hints to help you explore further and find the answers in the meetings themselves.



Bacon, Margaret Hope. The Quiet Rebels. Pendle Hill, 1999.


Baltimore Yearly Meeting- our association of Friends Meetings in Virginia, Maryland, and south-central Pennsylvania

Friends General Conference- our national association of Friends Meetings in the United States

Friends Committee on National Legislation- our lobbyIng arm in Washington

Pendle Hill - since its founding in 1930, Pendle Hill thrives as an "educational experiment, grounded in the spiritual and social principles of Friends - a community centered in the daily meeting for worship and sharing a common life of study, work, recreation, and mutual care and concern for one another.

AFSC-The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC’s work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.


To be a Friend is not to subscribe to doctrines, but to be convinced that one has personally known an ultimate reality from which those beliefs arise. Our lives today can only testify to the truth that we come to know through our own experience. When we give testimony, it is only valid if it comes from our own first-hand experience of continuing revelation, not from anything that we have been told, nor from any standard that we hope to meet.

Today, Friends strive to live up to the following "testimonies" - Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship


(1)The Reality of The Light Within, The Inner Teacher; (2) The Universality of the Light; (3) The Primacy of Revelation Over Scripture: (4) Continuing Revelation

(1) The Reality of The Light Within, The Inner Teacher