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Quakers on the Web
Quakers are various, and the Quaker WebRing shows only a few of the many different aspects of our religious society. Remember too that what you find at any site depends largely on the interests of those who maintain the website and the resources of the organization, if any, that's represented. As the WebRing grows, we hope it will continue to provide different representations of the Quaker experience, and that visitors and Friends will tour the ring to see the variety as well as to explore our commonalities.
The WebRing, of course, can't begin to have everything that might be learned about Quakerism via the web, so this page attempts to give some pointers for people who'd like to explore further.
General web resources
Here are some web-pages that may provide more information about Quakers, with links to other useful sites.
- One of the oldest and still one of the most comprehensive links page for Quaker-related sites, Russ Nelson's site is deliberately nonsectarian and his server hosts a variety of Quaker groups.
- Quaker Electronic Archive
- Founded in 1994 and thus the first general-purpose Quaker site on the Internet, this site has Quaker writings and other documents such as minutes and resource guides.
- Quaker Resources on the Web
- Bill Samuel's listing of a range of resources on the Web, with emphasis on Christian renewal among Friends.
- Quaker Information Center
- Information about the Society of Friends, and referrals -- mainly off-line -- for volunteer opportunities, events, and organizational connections.
- Quakers and the Arts Historical Scrapbook
- Esther Murer's scrapbook of quotes and sources relating to Quakerism and the Arts, 1600s to present.
- Famous Quakers
- Jenny Steel's pages on famous Quakers, including scientists, industrialists, actors, entertainers, and politicians.
- The Quaker Writings Homepage.
- Dedicated to presenting and renewing the Christian testimony of the Society of Friends. Maintained by Peter Sippel
- Online Texts at Quaker Heritage Press
- Historical Quaker texts (pre-1900) including some that are also available in reprint editions. Maintained by Larry and Licia Kuenning.
Quaker Organization - In Brief
Friends are grouped locally in Monthly Meetings, and regionally in so-called Yearly
Meetings. The words "Monthly" and "Yearly" refer to how often Friends meet to
consider matters of business. Friends generally have weekly "meetings for worship,"
usually on Sunday (traditionally called First-day) and sometimes also mid-week.
In some areas, a Monthly Meeting may include two or more groups -- called particular,
preparative or village meetings -- which meet for worship in different locations.
Monthly Meetings, in turn, are usually part of a Yearly Meeting. The Yearly Meeting serves, in the secular sense, as the highest authority for matters of discipline and administrative responsibility. There are also -- mainly in the U.S. or originating in the American style of Quakerism -- three umbrella groups that include multiple Yearly Meetings: Friends General Conference, Friends United Meeting, and Evangelical Friends International. These vary in the degree to which they expect Monthly and Yearly Meetings to conform in matters of religious doctrine and interpretation.
In some parts of the Society of Friends, the word "Church" is used to refer to
groups of Friends, both at the local and national level. They will more typically
include the elements of "programmed" worship found in American Protestant denominations
-- a preacher, music, an order of service, etc.
- Bill Samuel has written several articles for people interested in finding
Friends' meetings and churches on the web and locally, and about the differences
between different sorts of Friends.
- Finding North American Friends
Meetings and Churches
Finding Friends Meetings and
Churches using the Internet
Friends Yearly Meetings and Broader
Bodies on the Internet
Organization of the Society
See also: Quaker Finder
- Friends General Conference's online search for the meetings closest to any
town or zip code in the U.S. Includes meetings from FGC-affiliated and independent
(Beanite) Yearly Meetings.
Also: A short fractured
history of Friends in America
- Summary of splits and reconciliations in the Society of Friends in America,
with links to other relevant webpages.
Quakerism began in the north of England, and from there spread to other parts
of England, to Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, and to the English settlements in
North America and the Caribbean, as well as to parts of northern Europe. London
Yearly Meeting (now Britain Yearly Meeting) was the first and for several decades
the only "Yearly Meeting" that brought Friends together annually to consider matters
of common interest.
Today, Friends are found in nearly all parts of the world -- in organized numbers
mainly in the English-speaking world and parts of Europe, and with some fairly
large groups in parts of East Africa and Latin America. Over the centuries, many
Yearly Meetings have developed; some overlap geographically, particularly in the
Yearly Meetings and regional groupings