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The Quaker Study Group aims to provide resources for anyone wishing to learn more about Quakers, Quakerism, and how Quaker faith and practice provides spiritual grounding for work to create social justice. The group posts readings and videos on this website and will sponsor talks and reading/discussion groups on Zoom (and in person when it is safe to do so).  We welcome the participation and inquiries of Meeting members, attenders, visitors, and the merely curious.

If you have expertise in a particular area that you’d be willing to share, please let us know.  To send suggestions for topics or material to be added to this website, or for more information about upcoming events, please email

Activities during 2021 are announced on the Meeting's website and via the weekly email updates from the Meeting. If you would like to receive the weekly email, please contact


The History of Friends

Most of the following resources are available through QuakerBooks of FGC or the Pendle Hill online bookstore.

  • Friends for 350 Years, Howard H. Brinton
  • Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice, Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye
  • Silence and Witness: The Quaker Tradition, Michael L. Birkel
  • Journal of George Fox
  • Journal of John Woolman
  • The Quiet Rebels: The Story of the Quakers in America, Margaret Hope Bacon
  • Portrait in Grey: A Short History of the Quakers, John Punshon
  • history section
  • "How Quakerism Began," QuakerSpeak video

Quaker Faith and Practice

Witness into Action


Upcoming Events

Quaker History

Topic: The Free Produce Movement

To protest slavery, 19th century Quakers and abolitionists organized an effort to boycott products like cotton and sugar that were produced by enslaved labor. They opened stores that only sold goods produced by free labor, giving Friends who were unwilling to support slavery an alternative. Their movement was inspired by the 17th century Quakers John Woolman, Benjamin Lay, and others. Learn about this "Free Produce Movement" and discuss whether it might give us ideas for how to fight climate change today.

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, 26 January 2022 (Zoom)

Previous Events

16 December 2020, Quaker Basics


27 January 2021, Quaker Basics: Witness

Resources: "Witness" section from interim Faith and Practice (2015), plus queries

24 February-31 March 2021, 3-part series on Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice

28 April 2021, Quaker Basics: Individual Discernment

Resources: "How to Have a Quaker Clearness Committee" (short video), "Our Understanding of Disownment as Historically Practiced in the Society of Friends" (excerpt), and excerpts from the writings of Ben Pink Dandelion, John Woolman, and John Richardson, plus queries

26 May 2021, Quaker Basics: Corporate Discernment

Resources: NEYM Faith and Practice, A Peculiar People, section IIB; Marshall Massey, "Why we Practice Corporate Discernment" (blog post); Emily Provance, "Building a Permission-giving Culture" (blog post); and excerpts from the writings of Ben Pink Dandelion, Michael Birkel, Kat Griffith, and Edward Burrough, plus queries

27 October 2021, Testimonies

Resources: "What are the Quaker SPICES?" (short video); Eric Moon, "Categorically Not the Testimonies" (Friends Journal, 2013); 1660 Declaration to King Charles II; NEYM Faith and Practice 2014, The Integration of Faith and Life; plus queries

1 December 2021, Quaker History: Creative Manumission

Jane Coppock presented her current research on early 19th century North Carolina Quakers and the novel way they managed to free the enslaved people they owned.