About our Meetings
Our Faith Community is comprised of local Meeting communities in Maryland, Central Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virgnia. We practice "unprogrammed" Quaker worship. That is we gather together in silent worship to wait on the word of God. We do not make use of a paid clergy or sacramental rituals. Rather we meet each other in a friendly atmosphere where anyone who feels strongly led to speak can do so. Many Friends give their time and resources to promote peace, understanding, justice and integrity. Through out these pages you will read of the faith work of each of the groups mentioned below.
Local Meetings - Regular worship at local congregations. Many are are referred to as "Monthly Meetings" because they usually meet at least once a month to make decisions about issues and concerns that affect the local group. There are usually committees in these groups that bring forward recommendations and take care of work that the Meeting is undertaking.
Quarterly Meetings - Gatherings several times a year (most four times thus the name "Quarter") of members and attenders of local Meetings in a designated region. Some Quarters are more organized than others, having committees like local Meetings. Others gather simply for fellowship.
Yearly Meeting - Annual gathering of people from all the Quarters with in its region as well as visitors from other Yearly Meetings. This is includes a year round organization of volunteers and paid staff. Standing Committees and working groups of volunteers work with the staff to implement programs through out the year.
We joyfully invite and welcome all seekers to join us in worship.
Friends General Conference has an excellent service called Quaker Finder that allows you to enter your address or postal code and identify the Friends Meeting closest to your location. Click here to be directed to Quaker Finder.