* * * Links to Quaker Organizations and other Resources* * *
Quakerism today spans a wide theological spectrum. Among the several branches of Quakerism there are different forms of church organization and worship. The organizations below reflect some of the diversity among Friends today.
Friends World Committee for Consultation: http://fwccworld.org/
FWCC is the umbrella organization for the 400,000+ Friends (Quakers) around the world. Their purpose is to encourage fellowship among all the branches of the Religious Society of Friends.
American Friends Service Committee: http://afsc.org/
The AFSC is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action, nurturing the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
Conservative Friends: http://www.conservativefriend.org/
A website maintained by Conservative Friends of Ohio Yearly Meeting with links to the two other Yearly Meetings of Conservative Friends, Iowa Yearly Meeting and North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative). These Friends are concerned to conserve the original Christian Quaker tradition, including unprogrammed meetings for worship.
Friends General Conference: http://www.fgcquaker.org/
FGC provides services and resources for individual Friends, meetings, and people interested in the Quaker way. FGC is an association of regional Quaker communities in the U.S. and Canada working together to nurture a vital Quaker faith. These Friends are liberal and their meetings for worship are unprogrammed.
Friends United Meeting: http://fum.org/
An international association of Friends (Quakers) with 30 regional Friends’ bodies around the world. FUM yearly meetings work together in Christian evangelism, global partnership, leadership development, and communications. Their meetings for worship are programmed or semi-programmed and they employ pastors.
Earlham School of Religion: http://esr.earlham.edu/
ESR is a Christian seminary in the Quaker tradition located in Richmond, Indiana. It places high emphasis upon the value of listening for and discerning God’s call into ministry, grounded in distinctives such as integrity, equality, and peace. In addition to both residential and distance degree programs, ESR offers annual gatherings: a Writer’s Colloquium, a Spirituality Gathering, and a Leadership Conference.
Pendle Hill: http://pendlehill.org/
Pendle Hill is a Quaker center welcoming all for Spirit-led learning, retreat, and community. Its vision is to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives. Come for a private retreat, a weekend workshop, or for its residential program for one, two, or three ten-week terms.
A Ministry of Prayer and Learning devoted to the School of the Spirit: http://schoolofthespirit.org/
This ministry serves the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and is dedicated to helping all those who wish to be more faithful listeners and responders to the inward work of Christ, the Inward Teacher. They offer silent retreats and a two-year program on Being a Spiritual Nurturer.
Dedicated to “Primitive Chrisitianity Revived Again”, this site highlights some of the best blogs and other writings by contemporary Quakers.
Quaker Studies: http://www.bhfh.org/qsp/
An adult religious education program located in New England that offers local and online courses related to Quakerism.
Quaker Finder http://quakerfinder.org
Use this site to locate Friends Meetings across the US & Canada. Includes pastoral meetings but appears to have much more complete listings of unprogrammed meetings, especially those affiliated with FGC (which hosts the site.
Inward Light http://www.inwardlight.org/
Letting God lead: our worship, lives, faith communities & world. Peter-Blood Patterson’s website has many useful resources and links related to Quaker faith and practice today.
* * * Websites with early Quaker texts * * *
Earlham School of Religion’s digital Quaker collection: http://esr.earlham.edu/dqc/
DQC is a digital library containing full text and page images of over 500 individual Quaker works from the 17th and 18th centuries. The proprietary software developed for Earlham School of Religion provides multiple search functions and an interface for viewing pages.
Quaker Heritage Press online documents: http://www.qhpress.org/texts/index.html
QHP aims to make available various historical Quaker writings that have been allowed to go out of print, including a valuable collection of documents from the beginning of the Quaker movement.
Street Corner Society: http://www.strecorsoc.org/quaker.html#overview
An extensive collection of early Quaker writings along with commentary.