Friends as Denomination - Bylaws 04
FRIENDS AS A DENOMINATION
The Society of Friends (Quakers) first formed as a Christian movement in 17th century England, recognizing that Christ can speak through all people. Friends tend to organize with yearly meetings—a large annual gathering for business, usually covering a defined geographic region and comprised of smaller local meetings. The bond of union within a yearly meeting is maintained by issuing and receiving the credentials of ministers, by granting and receiving certificates of membership, by joint participation in various ministries, and by occasional gatherings. Each yearly meeting is independent from others. Cooperation has resulted in groupings of yearly meetings and shared statements of faith.