The World Wide Web contains thousands of pages describing, sometimes accurately, the Society of Friends. Here are a few starting points.
The Religious Society of Friends (Quaker.org)
The biggest website of information about the Society of Friends. Largely, but not exclusively, devoted to websites in the USA. Almost the only resource you really need. However, its size can make the search daunting, so below we list links to a few specific sections.
- The Religious Society of Friends
The main page
- Quaker Organizations
A big list of Quaker organizations.
- Friends Meetings
Friends meetings in the United States, Canada and elsewhere.
Information for newcomers
Articles intended for persons newly interested in the Society of Friends..
- Quaker Information Center (QIC)
"Our goal is to help you find information you are looking for ..."
- Quakerfinder: Find a Friends
A guide mostly to unprogrammed meetings. Provides a search form where you can enter your address, and get a list of meetings near you
- Voices of Friends
A website for people who are looking for a new religious community but just don't know that it's called Quakerism
- A Quaker Glossary
An excellent explanation of many words used by Friends that might puzzle newcomers.
Many Quaker websites have a page (like this one) that lists other Quaker websites. There is much overlap, but each of the following has some links that are unique to its region.
Articles about the Society of Friends
General writings about the Society of Friends
The Society of Friends has no dogmatic center, and the Wikipedia is written by those who choose to contribute. Facts stated here seem generally accurate, and opinions are more or less consistent with those held by many if not most Quakers.
Religious Movements Homepage Project, University of Virginia
"On this extensive Web site you will find detailed profiles of more than two hundred different religious groups and movements."
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
"... a large religious web site which promotes religious freedom, tolerance and diversity as positive cultural values."
Faith and practice
Published by nearly every (every?) yearly meeting of Friends in the world, these documents come as close as the Society ever gets to saying what the "rules" are. The pages below are all belong to unprogrammed yearly meetings.
- New York Yearly Meeting
Faith & Practice : the book of discipline of teh New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1998).
- Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting
Book of discipline of the Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting Religious Society of Friends (1978).
- Pacific Yearly Meeting
Faith & Practice : a guide to Quaker discipline in the experience of the Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (2001).
- Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Faith & Practice : A book of Christian discipline, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (last revised 1997).
These websites are specifically set up as repositories of Quaker documents.
- Quaker Resources
Online education for Quakers and Seekers
- Earlham Digital Quaker Collection
"... a digital library containing full text and page images of over 500 individual Quaker works..."
- Quaker Electronic Archive
"...this site contains Quaker writings and other documents such as minutes and resource guides..."
- Tract Association
"...an association of members of the Society of Friends with a special sense of unity in the concern for distribution of sound Quaker literature."
- Quakers in Britain
An online repository of writings about Quakers hosted by Quakers in Britain
Websites with documents and links to documents concerning the Society of Friends
The following pages contain lists of links to online documents describing the Society.
"Your online source for information about the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)." Bill Samuel is the "webservant" of this site.
- Quaker Theology
A progressive journal and forum for discussion and study, edited by Chuck Fager. This site contains a list of documents available on the internet about Quaker theology.
"an informal gathering of persons who cherish the spirit of universality that has always been intrinsic to the Quaker faith."
The most comprehensive list (at least for the United States) is here. We list just a few.
- Friends World Committee for Consultation
"We exist to facilitate loving understanding of diversities among Friends while we discover, with God's help, our common spiritual ground and to facilitate full expression of Friends testimonies in the world."
- American Friends Service Committee
"Quaker values in action."
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
"A Quaker lobby in the public interest."
- Friends Committee on Legislation of
"A starting place for citizen advocacy."
Quaker book sellers
Links to websites that sell Quaker books. There's a bigger list on the indispensable Quaker.org.
- Pendle Hill Bookstore
"...a wide selection of Quaker-related titles, pleasant and reliable service, and the capability of shipping anywhere in the world..."
- Quaker Heritage Press
"... aims to make available various historical Quaker writings that have been allowed to go out of print."
- Advanced Book Exchange (ABE)
Not specifically a Quaker site, but it provides links to over 12,500 independent booksellers, and Quaker books can always be found.