Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is one of the oldest yearly meetings of the Religious Society of Friends in the United States. Our meetings are predominantly unprogrammed, which means that we emphasize the authority of the divine Inward Light as revealed to us through patient waiting for and discernment of the divine Spirit in corporate worship. Our membership contains both those who identify themselves as Christians as well as many who identify more closely with 'universalist' identity.
Our Faith Community is comprised of over one hundred local Meeting communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, all of Delaware and Eastern Maryland. 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. Many Friends give their time and resources to promote peace, understanding, justice and integrity.