Quaker Practice


Welcome to our page on Quaker practice.

The Quaker meeting for worship

The first thing visitors notice when they join us for worship is how different our worship “service” is. Unlike most churches, we do not have a presiding minister or priest, we have no prepared Bible readings, prayers, hymns, sermons, or any of the other elements so common in the services of other faiths.

Instead, we have silence. During the hour, Friends my rise and speak what they feel the Holy Spirit has led them to say. That’s it. At the end, a designated person closes the meeting by shaking hands with the person next to them, then we all shake hands with our neighbors, and the meeting for worship is over.

This practice is rooted in our faith —our experience, really—that each of us can commune directly with God, and so we each are called into ministry; and that the worshipping community also can commune directly with God without any mediating persons, rituals, or other outward forms. When this happens, we call it a gathered meeting for worship—gathered in the wings of the Holy Spirit.

Quaker worship—click this link to learn more about Quaker worship.

Faith and Practice—a basic resource

New York Yearly Meeting has published a book called Faith & Practice that includes a section on our Quaker practice, with chapters on our organization and business procedures, membership, and several other practices that are distinctive to Friends.

Practice section of Faith and Practice—click this link to visit the Practice section of our book Faith & Practice.

Resources on Quaker practice—click this link to go to our Resources page, where you will find links to resource pages on dozens of Quaker subjects, including many related to Quaker practice.